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2018 Paralympics Coverage Print E-mail
Written by Orge Castellano   


Last night, the 2018 Winter Olympics came to a spectacular end and while we will miss the competitions and the athlete’s performances, the feats of athleticism and the greatness aren’t over just yet. The 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang are around the corner, starting March 9th and they promise to deliver even more ice- and snow-filled inspiration than ever before.

We are greatly honoured to be part of this remarkable experience once again. For the fourth time our team of journalists and photographers are heading to the Paralympics, this year in South Korea to cover the Games.  Through our images and stories we will portray the strength, determination and courage of the US Paralympic Team.


For the second time, the Paralympics will be hosted in South Korea. In 1988 the games for the first time in history took place right after the Olympics sharing the same venues and host.

With over 570 athletes from 49 countries, The 2018 Winter Paralympic Games is set to be the largest games in their history according to organizers. The games are scheduled to run from March 9th to the 18th featuring 5 venues located 115 miles East of Seoul, and includes other sub-host cities nearby.

Events span 10 days for a total of 80 medal events competing across six sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-country skiing, Ice sled hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling. Disciplines include all the usual suspects, from the many variations of downhill and slalom skiing to snowboard cross and more.

As for our media team, this year we come with an incredible team consisting of a diverse group of individuals from different backgrounds, all who share a common factor: their dedication and love for journalism, sports, and most importantly: their passion for the Paralympic movement and its social inclusion.

Meet our incredible volunteers:


Orge Castellano is a journalist who has participated in several international multi-sport events throughout his career. He’s covered the Olympics, the Paralympic games and worked for the International Judo Federation in various cups around Eastern Europe. With an insatiable thirst for culture and politics, Orge is an avid reader and writer. Currently, he is undergoing his PhD studies in Journalism at the University of the Basque Country in Spain.


Michael Clubine He is the WSF Media team lead for the 2018 and 2016 Paralympic Games, as well as a contributing photographer at the 2014 and 2016 Paralympic Games, in Sochi and Rio respectively. Michael is a freelance photographer with a passion for capturing the excitement of a moment.  He has covered the Open tennis tournament and the 2015 World Sled Hockey Championships. When he’s not busy photographing adaptive sports, Michael focuses his lens on runway fashion, covering New York Fashion Week, as well as shows from leading bridal, swimwear and children fashion designer.

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Vandana Sood-Giddings completed her Masters in Mass Communication from New Delhi, India and has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, CUNY.  She is an independent documentary filmmaker who has worked for several companies like MTV, FOX’s Beliefnet, PBS and the WHO. She teaches yoga, does freelance journalism and social media strategy for various clients.


Josh Eisenberg is documentarian, teacher and is a man who loves his sports. He was the sports beat writer for the Hunts Point Express in 2016-2017 and he covered baseball and soccer. Josh excited and is looking forward to covering the Sled Hockey team at this year’s Paralympics in South Korea, as he is a huge hockey fan. He expects the games to be fun and exciting every step of the way, while writing articles that will make America proud.


Matthew Gephart lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is spending his third year with the WSF team after working in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Paralympics. Contributing as a writer for the WSF has allowed Matthew to soar to new heights ever since leaving Penn State in 2007 with a telecommunications degree and minor in theatre.  Matthew has spent time writing for various sports outlets and is excited to bring his talents to another year of the Paralympic Games. Looking forward to the Sled Hockey’s quest for back-to-back gold’s is on Matthew’s list of things to watch in Pyeongchang this year. For his day job, Matthew works for MLB Advanced Media.


Danny Chin is a freelance editorial and commercial photographer based out of New York City. From the fashion runways of New York City to remote island photoshoots in Thailand, Danny’s ambition is to capture and freeze a continuously moving world. When not occupied with his camera, he enjoys traveling and trying new foods. 

Here at the WSF we couldn’t be more excited and thrilled about Pyeongchang, please Join the conversation on Twitter @WSFederation and follow real-time full coverage on Instagram and Facebook page.

The countdown begins!  Go to this site for a list of all the athletes.  https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2018/February/26/2018-US-Paralympic-Team-Named

Good Luck and GO USA! 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:29
Breakaway 2018: WSF Rangers Signature Event Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

On Tuesday, February 6th, Bill Greenberg, Commissioner, WSF Sled Rangers, hosted the third, bi-annual Breakaway event in support of the New York Sled Rangers hockey team. On a cold, but clear night in NYC, members of the Sled Rangers program skated in the rink at Bryant Park, surrounded by family, friends, and supporters. The mutual admiration between Rangers’ legends Mike Richter and Adam Graves and the sled hockey athletes was palpable, and everyone celebrated the fun these hockey players enjoy, as well as the success of the New York Sled Rangers program!

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Wheelchair Sports Federation Sled Rangers to provide opportunities to physically disabled youth to increase their independence, self-esteem, and self-confidence through the sport of sled hockey in competitive team play. Our aim is to provide this opportunity to all physically disabled children who would like to participate.

Six, Stay-Focused alumni, who are members of the New York Sled Rangers team, joined in the festivities both on the ice and off.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 20:36
New Podcast at SoundCloud.com Print E-mail
Written by Brian Yourish   
Announcing a new podcast about a wheelchair basketball team.  Episode one features two-time Paralympian Trey Jenifer.

Born without legs due to a rare disorder, Trevon “Trey” Jenifer became a two-time Paralympian in wheelchair basketball, winning bronze in London in 2012 and a gold medal in Rio in 2016. Learn about Trey’s life growing up in Maryland, his two-years as a wrestler in high school, the book titled “From the Ground Up” that he co-wrote while still in high school, and his wheelchair basketball career from his time at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania to his multiple selections to the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:17
NY Warriors Quad Rugby Tournament Print E-mail
Written by Matthew Castelluccio   



This weekend, 4 teams came together at the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, NY for head to head competition in wheelchair rugby at the EWAF NY Warriors Rugby Tournament.  NY Warriors, Magee Eagles (PA), NY Wreckers, and CT Jammers battled it out all weekend.  The tournament finals were very close for 3 & 4 and 1 & 2.  They were 1 point games up to the end.  With the tournament finals ending with Magee Eagles finishing 1st, NY Warriors 2nd, NY Wreckers 3rd, and CT Jammers finishing 4th




The event paid tribute to a fallen friend and fellow player of the NY Warriors Damon Rozier #21.  He will be remembered and missed always. Thanks to our sponsors Wheelchair Sports Federation, Hollister, and Bussani Mobility for helping us have wonderful event.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 January 2018 19:05
David Harrison - Adaptive Athlete & Mentor 1952 - 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   


At the young age of sixteen David Harrison learned that in adversity lies opportunity. He suffered a spinal-cord injury while sledding on a toboggan in a Quincy golf course. He never let the limitation or confinement to his wheelchair define him. In fact . . . he excelled and seized every activity and opportunity available.

David died at home on Friday, January 12, 2018. after an illness. He was 65.

Born on September 30, 1952 in Arlington he was a son of the late Donald M. and Mary (Silva) Harrison. A lifelong Cambridge resident he graduated from Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton. With a firsthand knowledge he worked as a certified orthotist and prosthetist for the Department of Veterans Affairs spinal cord center in West Roxbury. He would fabricate and fit patients with orthotics that eventually made artificial limbs. Dave enjoyed retirement after 36 years in 2011. He married Gloria Cartagena at the Paine Estate in Waltham on October 16, 1982.

Dave was active in sports all his life. Prior to his accident he played baseball in the Babe Ruth league in East Cambridge, ran cross country, track and played JV basketball at Latin. He was involved in the New England Paralyzed Veterans Association's Blazer and was selected as guard for the USA Paralympics basketball team in 1976 in Toronto in which they won the gold medal and was inducted to the New England Conference Hall of Fame. When receiving this award, Armand 'Tip' Thiboutot said 'he is as close to what I would describe as a mistake-free player as anyone I ever coached…a fine defensive player with excellent speed and quickness in relation to other players.'

He represented and participated in the 32nd National Wheelchair Championship's rower in the amateur division in a single-pontoon rigged racing shell. He played tennis for over 25 years, both here in Massachusetts and at their home in Citrus Springs, Florida. He looked forward to the annual pilgrimage to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York for the Jana Hunsaker Memorial. He rode in countless 5 and 10k road races and Boston's half-marathon

Throughout his life he remained positive despite his injuries and remained mindful of the many blessings he had throughout his life.

In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his brother Donald M. Harrison Jr. and sister, Joyce Sanchez.

In addition to his wife of 35 years, Gloria Cartagena Harrison, he leaves his brothers, Michael Harrison and his wife, Jerry of Topsfield and Douglas Harrison and his wife, Sheila of Tewksbury; his father-in-law, Camilo Cartagena of Citrus Springs, Florida; his sisters-in-law, Carmelin Gosselin and her husband, Steve of Citrus Springs, Florida and Linda Harrison of Ocala, Florida; also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember David's life by gathering for a calling hour on Saturday, January 20th from 12 – 1 pm in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. His Celebration of Life will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial is private.

In lieu of flowers memorials in his name may be made to Don Harrison Foundation, 2300 SE 17th Street, Suite 200, Ocala, Florida 34471 (www.donharrisonfoundation.org)or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 (www.dana-farber.org).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 01:59
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