More than 50 athletes came to compete in the 33rd annual Wheelchair Games on Sept. 22, 2012. From children to adults hailing from the tri-state area to Texas, the spirit of competition and camaraderie was on display throughout the games.
Along with event awards, the Wheelchair Games also bestows the Maureen Ryan Carr Award to the athlete who shows the most spirit during the games and the John Lombardi Memorial Award to the athlete who shows the most determination. The Maureen Ryan Carr award is named for a former Burke senior administrator who ran the games during her tenure and the John Lombardi Memorial Award is name for a former patient who also competed in the games.
2012 Wheelchair Games Award Winners are:
Anthony Felix, Bronx, NY — John Lombardi Memorial Award
Maggie Fusco, Plantsville, CT — Maureen Ryan Carr Award
Daniel Rosenfeld, Great Neck, NY — Best Novice (Male)
Karissa Craddock, Trumbull, CT — Best Novice (Female)
Isaac Sullivan, Forked River, NJ — Best Junior (Male)
Stephanie Marquez, New Britain, CT — Best Junior (Female)
Mandeep Singh, New York, NY — Best Adult (Male)
Shaleena Tomassini, Peapack, NY — Best Adult (Female)
Joe Deweever, Beacon, NY — Best Master (Male)
Vernita Paige, New York, NY — Best Master (Female)
Joseph Dowling, Old Greenwich, CT — Best Senior Master (Male)
Catherine Elvins, Mt. Kisco, NY — Best Senior Master (Female)
Joe Deweever — Best Field Athlete
Stephan Bozydaj, Highland, NY — Best Table Tennis Athlete (Male)
Caitlin Goerlich, Union, NJ — Best Table Tennis Athlete (Female)
Anthony Felix — Best Slalom Athlete (Male)
Helen Newman, North Granby, CT — Best Slalom Athlete (Female)
The Heels & Wheels 5K is an early-morning road race held in conjunction with the Burke Wheelchair Games. The event is open to all, enabling walkers, runners and wheelchair athletes to compete together in a fun race. For more information, call (914) 597-2578.