International Blind Sports Federation Paralympic qualifier to be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana – Summer of 2019
(June 20, 2018) – Turnstone Center announced today that they will be hosting the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball & Judo Paralympic Qualifying Competition June 30 – July 10, 2019 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The 2019 IBSA Goalball and Judo Paralympic Qualifying Competition will provide some of the world’s best athletes with visual impairments the chance to book their ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Events will be held at Turnstone Center, Indiana Tech and the Grand Wayne Center.
“IBSA would like to thank everyone who has been a part of bringing this event to the USA. I think it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of Paralympic goalball and judo in the build-up to Tokyo 2020, but also looking further ahead to Los Angeles 2028,” said Jannie Hammershoi, IBSA President. “I encourage everyone who enjoys competitive sport to put the dates in their diaries to go along and support these great athletes.”
“We are thrilled to see this important qualifying event hosted in the U.S. It will be a great opportunity to showcase the support of Turnstone and the Fort Wayne community to the global Paralympic family, and it will give our athletes the hometown advantage as they look to secure their spots to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,” said Julie Dussliere, vice president, U.S. Paralympics.
“Turnstone, Visit Fort Wayne and the City of Fort Wayne are proud to collaborate with the United States Association of Blind Athletes and the International Blind Sports Federation to host this Paralympic qualifying event,” said Mike Mushett, CEO, Turnstone. “The high caliber of the facilities available to the athletes at Turnstone and throughout Fort Wayne will certainly compliment the level of competition we will have the privilege of witnessing.”
The event will give goalball teams and judoka another chance to gain qualification for Tokyo 2020 after world and regional championships held in 2018 and 2019.
“When you couple Turnstone’s Plassman Athletic Center with the community’s first class sport venues, hotels and recreational and entertainment options along with Indiana’s famed Hoosier Hospitality, Fort Wayne is committed to hosting a first class event for the expected hundreds of athletes along with coaches, families and spectators who will visit Fort Wayne,” said Dan O’Connell, President and CEO, Visit Fort Wayne.
“Turnstone, Visit Fort Wayne and the City of Fort Wayne will be excellent hosts for this international competition,” said Mark Lucas, Executive Director, U.S. Association of Blind Athletes. “We look forward to welcoming elite athletes and coaches from around the world to Fort Wayne and showcasing the city as a premiere destination for adaptive sports.”
More information will be available in September 2018 including registration information, details on travel and lodging, and a tentative schedule. Other pertinent information will be available as the information develops.
Now in its 75th year of service, Turnstone’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential by providing one of the most comprehensive offerings of services and programs to people with disabilities and their families under one roof in the United States. Thanks to generous support and compassionate staff, Turnstone’s legacy of advocacy and innovation continues to contribute to a world that accepts and values people based on their abilities.