Liz Dunn, a 2008 graduate of Warren Space Excessive Faculty, practices with the USA Wheelchair Rugby workforce.
A Warren Space Excessive Faculty graduate simply completed taking part in for the silver-medal-winning U.S. Nationwide Crew on the Wheelchair Rugby Worlds.
Liz Dunn, at the moment of Pittsburgh, performed varsity soccer at WAHS throughout her sophomore, junior, and senior years, graduating within the class of 2008.
After struggling a spinal-cord injury in a automobile crash, she nonetheless needed to compete.
“I’ve at all times been lively,” Dunn mentioned. “After my injury I needed to discover a strategy to proceed to be lively and was launched to wheelchair rugby by a good friend — Katie Smith — that I met in Pittsburgh. She performed with the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers and satisfied me to return by some practices and test it out.”
“In 2017 two gamers from the Nationwide workforce — Chuck Aoki and Joe Delagrave — reached out to me asking if I’d be curious about making an attempt out for USAWR,” she mentioned. “Whereas I didn’t make it the primary two occasions I attempted, I used to be invited to a number of improvement alternatives which helped me study and enhance. Moreover, I transferred to play with the Texas Stampede primarily based in Austin, Texas, for membership ball.”
Liz Dunn, a 2008 graduate of Warren Space Excessive Faculty, and member of the USA Wheelchair Rugby workforce, defends an opponent.
“That gave me much more expertise as they’re a Division I workforce,” she mentioned.
It paid off.
“Due to all of this work, I used to be named to the workforce for the primary time in 2020, and have continued to make it,” Dunn mentioned.
Aoki is now a teammate and Delagrave is now her coach.
This yr, Dunn has competed in Medellin, Colombia, and Birmingham, Ala.
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Liz Dunn, a 2008 graduate of Warren Space Excessive Faculty, competes with the USA Wheelchair Rugby workforce.
This month, Dunn was together with her teammates in Denmark, on the World Championships.
“It was an unimaginable expertise to have been chosen to go,” she mentioned. “There are 16 athletes on the coaching workforce and 12 are chosen to journey to competitions.”
The workforce completed second at Worlds — dropping to Australia within the finals.
“Enjoying in my first world championships was wonderful,” Dunn mentioned. “Joe Delagrave is a good coach and I’ve discovered a lot from him. Whereas we have been hoping for gold, getting silver continues to be unimaginable.”
One other teammate is Sarah Adam. Collectively, Dunn and Adam have been the primary girls to play for the USA within the World Championships.
Subsequent up, Paris. “One aim is unquestionably to make the workforce for the Paris Paralympics in 2024.”
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