Fifty-three athletes named 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans
Congratulations Aaron Moore, Baker High School student, the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, is pleased to announce his selection to the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans! Aaron is one of 53 athletes chosen throughout the United States! This is the third year that U.S. Paralympics has honored the top high school track and field athletes who have a physical disability. Six of the high school All-American athletes represented the USA in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which shows the quality and competitiveness of the All-American selections.
Coached by Ms. Jennifer Coppage, with the City of Mobile. Through her hard work and training for disabled students, Aaron is a champion shot putter, for the goal ball team-The Mobile Mayhems!
“Each year, we see more and more talent rising out of the high school ranks,” said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Track and Field. “This is an exceptional group of athletes. Young athletes who are competing at a high level builds toward future Games success. With six athletes from this list competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and all but one making the finals, the future looks bright. To see a high school athlete become ranked one of the top eight in the world is quite an accomplishment.London was the experience of a lifetime with more than 80,000 screaming fans at every track and field session.”
The selection criteria weigh multiple performances by each athlete compared against the “A” standard for the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team. The ranking list is not a conventional list, as the results are weighted according to the level and type of disability. The general disability categories of athletes named to the All-American list are visual impairment (11-13), intellectual disability (20), cerebral palsy (33-38), dwarfism (40), amputation/limb loss (41-46) and spinal cord injury (51-58). Athletes were selected based on their performances in the 2012 season and high school attendance during the 2011-12 school years.
2012 U.S. Paralympics High School All-Americans Roster name (classification) hometown (high school)
Aaron Moore (13)Mobile, AL (Baker) 7.51m
Mark Braun (54) Mounds View, MN (Irondale) 6.91m
Sean Burns (53) Matthews, NC (Weddington) 5.40m
Dylan Wilson (54)Hoover, AL. (SpainPark) 6.45m
Kaleb Mackey (37)Ramona,OK(Afton) 8.65m
Matthew Jessen (34)Altoona, IA (Southeast Polk) 6.11m
As a teacher of the visually impaired for the Southwest Regional School for the Deaf and Blind, I have had the pleasure of working with Aaron during his high school years. We are so proud of his achievements, and we expect to see great things in his future.