Extremity Games in Review
Over 500 Athletes, Sponsors, Spectators and Volunteers Participate in the First O&P Extremity Games
Inaugural Event by College Park Industries a Huge Success
Orlando, FL (August 2006) - The air was rocking with tunes from Orlando deejay Bobby Smith of O-Rock 105.9 as over 500 athletes, sponsors, spectators, and volunteers from the US, Canada and Europe converged on the Orlando Watersports Complex, Saturday, July 29, for the premiere O&P Extremity Games ( www.extremitygames.com ) by College Park.
Organized to raise awareness of the ability of individuals with limb loss or limb difference to compete in extreme sports, and to highlight the state-of-the-art prosthetic devices available today, the O&P Extremity Games by College Park included four judged competitions in skateboarding, wakeboarding, BMX biking, and rock climbing, for over $25,000 in cash prizes.
The day got off to a jumpstart. To the delight of the crowd, as Eric Robinson, president of College Park Industries concluded the Opening Ceremony, Keith Requsa and Jay Humphries of the Pieces of Eight amputee sky diving team exited their plane and dived down to watch the games on the ground. Preliminary rounds in rock climbing, wakeboarding, BMX biking and skateboarding were next, interspersed with a myriad of exhibitions including gymnastics (Kori Hendrix, Rochester, MI), martial arts (Ron Mann, Campbell, CA), four wheeling (Regas Woods, Orlando, FL), motorcycling (Chris Johnson, Mountain Park, OK), motocross (Jim Wazny, Merrill, MI) kayaking and river-racing (Juanita Wilson, Baltimore, MD, Keith Deutsch, Las Vegas, NV, Scott West, Branson, MO, Derrick Harden, Johannesburg, MI and Chris Boreland, Tampa, FL, from the Wounded Warrior Project).
Over 50 athletes tackled the 24-foot rockclimbing wall. Jarem Frye (McMinnville, OR) took 1st place in the men's division, Tyler Byrom (Tulsa, OK) won 2nd and Craig Demartino (Loveland, CO) 3rd. In the women's division Loi Ho (Newington, CT) won 1st, Jessica Long (Baltimore, MD) 2nd and Shawna Culp (Wheaton, IL) 3rd. Frye's time beat Ho's gaining him an additional Overall Rock Climbing 1st place for a total cash purse of $5,000.
In wakeboarding, Sean Reyngoudt (Summerland, FL) snared 1st place and $5000 with his awesome performance. Logan Aldridge (Raleigh, NC) came in 2nd and Billy Tonis (Dublin, CA) took 3rd.
The BMX bikers duked it out in side-by-side runs through a harrowing course. Anthony Zukowski (Grand Rapids, MI) placed 1st, securing his $5000. Brandon Spears (Orlando, FL) grabbed 2nd place and Christopher Morgan (Mesa, AZ) placed 3rd.
With Jon Comer, professional skateboarder and below knee amputee, as one of the judges the skateboarders took on the U-shaped half pipe to demonstrate their prowess. Charles House (Merritt Island, FL) took 1st and the $5000. Rob Nelson (Kill Devil Hills, NC) came in 2nd and Garry Moore (Birdsboro, PA) 3rd.
"The event surpassed our expectations. The athletes were amazing and, definitely, defied any preconceived conceptions of their abilities, "commented Eric Robinson." I'd like to thank everyone, the athletes, sponsors, volunteers and spectators, who helped to make the inaugural O&P Extremity Games by College Park a huge success. We plan to add more competitions and look forward to an even more exciting and inspiring event next year."
About College Park Industries
College Park Industries is a leader in the prosthetic industry, providing the most anatomically correct prosthetic feet available. The company was incorporated in 1988 upon completion of the first TruStep Foot prototype, designed and built by David L. Robinson. Today, College Park remains committed to the research and development of the finest prosthetic products in the world.
College Park's customers include independent orthotic and prosthetic facilities worldwide. Endusers of College Park products are lower limb amputees of all ages who maintain low to high activity levels. For more information, visit www.college-park.com .