RESULTS: GLASA’s Paralympic Athletes

RESULTS: GLASA’s Paralympic Athletes

The 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio have come to an end and Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) could not be more proud of Team USA’s coaches and athletes. Several GLASA athletes represented us on the world stage!


Sam Grewe, 18 years old of Middleton IN, made his Paralympic debut in the high jump. Sam jumped an incredible 1.86 meters and brought home the silver medal!


17 year old Jessica Heims of Swisher IA, placed 8th in the discus with a throw of 25.98 meters. Jessica also placed 7th in the 400m race with a personal best time of 1:09.17.

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Nick Slade, 19 years old of Albuquerque, MN, long jumped 6.82 meters for a 7th place finish in his first Paralympic Games.



Two time Paralympian Alyssa Gialamas, 21 years old of Naperville, IL, competed in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, and 50m Backstroke. Alyssa finished 6th in the 50m backstroke with a time of 47.95, 7th in the 200m freestyle with a time of 3:15.04, 10th in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1:37.15 and  12th in the 50m freestyle with a time of 44.48.

Swim coach Glen O’Sullivan, of Zion IL, represented GLASA as one of the US Paralympic swim coaches. Additionally, GLASA wishes to congratulate Hailey Danisewicz and Melissa Stockwell for bringing home the silver and bronze medals in triathlon event.  These two athletes represented dare2tri and Chicago atop the medal podium.

The 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo is only four years away, so let the training begin!