Paralympians to be supported by faculty, staff


UCCS faculty and staff are preparing for the Sept. 7-18 Paralympic Games in Rio and celebrating the success of students and alumni who earlier participated in the Olympics.

Nuwanee Kirihennedige, dietician, Peak Nutrition Clinic, part of the UCCS HealthCircle Clinics, will serve as dietician for the Paralympic Team. She will assist about 300 athletes with dietary needs.

Craig Elder, associate professor, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is the athletic trainer for the Paralympic Archery Team and is looking forward to traveling to Rio.

image017“The Paralympics is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication for these athletes,” Elder said. “I am always most excited to see the athletes who have made the team for the first time experience the large scale of this event.”

Archery events begin Sept. 10.

There were four UCCS students and alumni who participated in the 2016 Olympic Games.

  • Jennifer Valente, track cycling, brought home the silver medal in the women’s team pursuit.
  • Adeline Gray, pan am wrestling, made it to the quarterfinals of the women’s freestyle 75-kilogram match but was defeated by Vasilisa Marzaliuk of Belarus.
  • Will Brown, shooting, received 10th place in the 10m air pistol and 12th in the 50m air pistol.
  • Frank Thompson, shooting, received 21st place in skeet shotgun shooting.

The Paralympics will be live streamed here beginning Sept. 7.

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