Media Advisory: Paralympic Medalist USA Sitting Volleyball Hosts New Mongolian Team for Training

Feb. 12, 2014

Media Contact: Whitt Carter, Communications Specialist, Wellness Center, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-3127, wcarter1@uco.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY:  PARALYMPIC MEDALIST USA SITTING VOLLEYBALL HOSTS NEW MONGOLIAN TEAM FOR TRAINING

WHEN:  10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13

WHERE:  University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center, north side of campus off University Dr. in Edmond

WHAT:  The Olympic spirit is alive on the UCO campus as the U.S. Women’s sitting volleyball program welcome the new Mongolian women’s team for a series of training clinics, including one Thursday morning.

Mongolia will go through practice sessions, drills, tutorials and informational sessions on the sport of sitting volleyball, as well as scrimmages with the U.S., currently the No. 3 team in the world. The team won the silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

The U.S. women’s team is currently gearing up for the 2014 WOVD World Championships this July in Poland.

Central is an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site and is the host training site for Men’s and Women’s Sitting Volleyball. Athletes can train for Olympic volleyball and any Paralympic sport at the university. Currently, Central hosts resident athletes in the Paralympic sports of sitting volleyball, archery, track and field and powerlifting and the Olympic sport of taekwondo.

VIDEO, PHOTO, INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Video/Photos of training session
  • Director, Sitting Volleyball High Performance/U.S. head coach, Bill Hamiter
  • Olympic/Paralympic Training Site manager, Leigha Pemberton
  • Ann Cody, State Department of Health/former multi-sport U.S. Paralympian

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