FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Suite 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
Team Lethally Blind & Wasabi VIP Compete at Portland Rose Festival Races
Vancouver, Washington—June 10th, 2015—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that Dragon Boat team Lethally Blind medaled in Division C, and WASABI VIP placed in Division B at the Portland Rose Festival Races on June 6th and 7th.
“There were more than 30 people with vision loss racing for the flags this year. This is the 14th year that blind and visually impaired people have competed. We practice 3 times a week in all kinds of weather on the Willamette River. There are no accommodations made for us. We practice and race alongside all the other paddlers.” said Char Cook, Team Captain.
Lethally Blind and WASABI VIP are made up of individuals of all ages with visual impairments. They, along with the sighted members of the teams, come from across the Portland metro area. They are part of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Sports Teams Program which has a goal of increasing the number of opportunities for people with visual impairments to participate in ongoing sports and physical fitness.
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity.