The wheelchair sports world lost two ardent supporters with the unexpected deaths of Angelo Nicosia (70) on December 29, 1998, and his son, Angelo V. Nicosia (44) on January 7, 1999. Angelo, a past president and present board member of Eastern Paralyzed Veterans of America (EPVA), was intimately involved in SCI healthcare, research, improving the lives of those with disabilities, and especially promoting wheelchair sports and recreation for the past five decades. For many of those years, he was the player/coach on the EPVA Chargers basketball and track and field teams. He also served as EPVA's and PVA's sports coordinator.
Athletes of the Year
The 1998 Wheelchair Sports, USA Male and Female Athletes of the Year were recognized at the 1998 Hall of Fame banquet in Albuquerque, NM. Aaron Paulson, a swimmer from Portland, OR, and Carol Hickey, a fencer from Atlanta, GA, were presented their awards in front of guests representing each of the WSUSA member sports.
The 22-year-old Paulson, a national record holder in five different events, started the season by capturing five gold medals at the USA swimming National Disability Championships in June and ended this season by winning two medals at the World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Hickey's season was equally impressive. She captured silver medals in both the foil and the epee divisions in the National Championships and followed those performances with a gold and a silver at the North American Cup. At the World Championships, she surprised everyone by finishing 6th in the women's foil.
Basketball Festival Set for June
Wheelchair Sports, USA and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association announced that the 1st United States Wheelchair Basketball Festival takes place June 1-7 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The six-day training camp and tournament is designed to introduce emerging elite basketball players to international-style basketball.
Athletes selected to attend are given international classifications and compete under international rules and court markings. The NWBA hoped the camp would provide players the opportunity to be evaluated in an environment that closely simulates an international competition. …