August 12, 2012
Our internationally active Lady Warhawks were on the road again; training with their national teams. The final 17 days before the biggest sports event worldwide are counted down and used to get ready.
Team USA, which features the Warhawk's head coach Dan Price and the athletes Sarah Binsfeld, Desiree Miller and Becca Murray, met in Charlotte, North Carolina for their last training camp. The team spent the weekend training and visiting a hospital that helped funding the training camp. Most things are set but these last practices are used by the teams to finalize details, stay fit and spend time together as a team.
At the same time, Mareike Adermann travelled to the Netherlands to compete and practice with Team Germany. Her team had just enjoyed a bit of recovery time after a long trip to Australia. Thus, the team started off slow and lost twice to the Dutch on Saturday (57-51 and 53-49) but then came back and won the last game on Sunday (61-53).
All women's teams participating in the Paralympics have moved together closer, so the competition is great and games are expected to be very tough. Many teams are realistically hoping to grab a medal. At the last Paralympics, the women's final was Team Germany vs. USA. This year, that would mean our Warhawks fight against each other for the gold medal!
If any of you would like to follow the games, please find the schedule, results, a live-stream of all games, and news on the following websites:
Schedule and Results
Live-stream and News
And don't forget: There is also a variety of former and current Warhawks involved in the Paralympic games on the men's side. Just Team USA involves seven current or former Warhawks, including the UW-Whitewater men's head coach Jeremy Lade, who is an athlete for the USA men!
If you would also like to get some more insights behind the scenes, check out the IWBF blog which features our Warhawk Mareike reporting from tournaments, training camps and everyday life from her perspective: