Chicago Indoor Rowing Hosts Meet & Greet with Paralympians Emma Preuschl & Jamie Dean

April 02, 2009, 12:43 p.m. (ET)

CHICAGO, Ill. - Chicago Indoor Rowing (CIRC) will host a meet and greet with Emma Preuschl and Jamie Dean, members of the silver medal winning Mixed 4+ at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Emma and Jamie will be in Chicago to participate in a rowing exhibition in Monroe Harbor organized by World Sport Chicago in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Candidate City evaluation visit.  Chicago area youth active in sport programs for the disabled and their parents will have an opportunity to personally meet the athletes and participate in an open exchange to explore turning disability into ability while learning first hand what it means to be part of the Olympic & Paralympic movement.

Participating programs include:  Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA), Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) and Chicago Park District Adaptive Sports (CPD).

When: Saturday, April 4
Where: Northwestern's Magnusson Auditorium, 345 East Superior Street, Chicago, 60611
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Parking: Special arrangments available
RSVP: (312) 731-0441

The CIRC Adaptive Initiative
Few adaptive athletes are familiar with indoor or on-water rowing as a competitive or fitness possibility.  With the introduction of rowing to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, our mission has been to build rowing awareness among those with disabilities to encourage local and national program development.  Last year CIRC hosted the adaptive exhibition; this year it was a full adaptive competition with over 14 competitors in three categories - A (Arms Only), TA (Trunk and Arms) and LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms).  The adaptive event was introduced by Larry Labiak, Chief Disabilities Officer, Chicago Park District.  The athletes were introduced by Linda Mastandrea, Vice President of Sport and Accessibility for Chicago 2016.