Latest Disability sports News

Student wheelchair athlete fights to prove race eligibility

Oct. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school athlete is trying to prove to officials how he will maneuver the course with his wheelchair at a meet later this month. Leavitt Area High School sophomore Jonathan Schomaker, of Greene, traveled to Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland to navigate through the...

UK climate activist denies causing London airport nuisance

Oct. 12, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A medal-winning Paralympian who allegedly glued himself to a British Airways plane at a London airport has denied causing a public nuisance as he sought to draw attention to global warming. James Brown appeared Saturday at Westminster Magistrates Court, where his lawyer pleaded not guilty to...

MPA will allow wheelchair athlete in cross-country race

Oct. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

TURNER, Maine (AP) — The Maine Principals' Association will allow a high school athlete to compete with a wheelchair at the state cross-country meet. Head of the MPA cross country committee, Mike Bisson, told the Sun Journal Jonathan Schomaker will compete in the Class B South regional in his own race, as...

Climate change activist climbs on plane, others stop traffic

Oct. 10, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Protesters in New York City brought traffic to a standstill in the city's busiest hub and an activist in London climbed atop a plane as climate change demonstrators entered the fourth day of rallies around the world. Protesters transported a green boat on a trailer into Times Square and then...

US relaxes sponsorship rules for Olympic athletes

Oct. 8, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be able to thank personal sponsors, appear in advertisements for those sponsors and receive congratulatory messages from them during next year's Tokyo Games under guidance released Tuesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee....

MPA reconsiders wheelchair athlete in cross-country race

Oct. 8, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

TURNER, Maine (AP) — The Maine Principals' Association is reviewing whether there's a way for a high school athlete to compete with a wheelchair at the state cross-country meet. The MPA has softened its position after coming under fire for telling Leavitt High School sophomore Jonathan Schomaker that he...

Student barred from using wheelchair at cross-country race

Oct. 4, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

TURNER, Maine (AP) — A high school cross-country athlete barred from competing in his wheelchair at the state meet is frustrated by the decision by the Maine Principals' Association. Throughout the season, Leavitt High School sophomore Jonathan Schomaker has competed alongside runners and has even recorded...

Paraplegic Maryland man uses adaptive sports to inspire

Sep. 28, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Evans brothers were about one mile away from returning to their Finksburg residence after attending a party in April of 1996, when their lives changed forever. Brad Evans remembers being on Louisville Road, not too far from the Brauning family farm he called home, when the car older...

Sheriff: NC woman called 911 on herself, admitted to killing

Sep. 26, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a woman called 911 to report that she had beaten a disabled man with a baseball bat and thought he might be dead. News outlets report 39-year-old Tabatha Renee Triplett has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of 47-year-old John Paul...

Nastia Liukin flips over leap into US Olympic Hall of Fame

Sep. 23, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

When she was a kid, Nastia Liukin watched the Olympics on TV and thought how cool it might be to one day meet some of America's greatest athletes. Then, she became one. Now, she'll be in the Hall of Fame with them. The champion gymnast and once-shunned track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos were named Monday to...