The United States Paralympic Committee selected Rachel Shea to attend an international training in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shea is an adaptive physical education teacher at Pomeroy Elementary School.
Rachel Shea, adapted physical education teacher for Mesa Public Schools, recently returned from Sao Paulo, Brazil where she and Dr. Deanne Fay of A.T. Still University represented the United States as classifiers for Paralympic track and field events at an international training for adapted physical education teachers and physical therapists from around the world.
Rachel’s experience started with a three-day workshop focused on movement, proper body mechanics and effective ways to classify athletes based on their limitations due to disability.
The following six days involved working in teams with medical classifiers, assessing each athlete and determining competition classifications to assure fair and equitable competition. They classified athletes with amputations, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, spinal cord injuries, polio and cognitive impairments.
“I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with some of the best in the world,” said Shea. “We worked with some amazing athletes, including an athlete who won the London Marathon and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympic games. I look forward to more opportunities to travel the world as an international classifier.”