Move United, the national leader in community-based sports and recreation for individuals with disabilities, sent 28 athletes to compete at the 2022 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Games. The international competition took place in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal, November 23-29, 2022. The U.S. delegation included athletes ranging from 14 to 39 years old that competed in para powerlifting, swimming, and track and field.
Two American records were broken in athletics (track & field), including Madison Hahs in the 800m and Benjamin Foos in shot put. Foos also won the gold medal in his category. Other gold medalists in track and field from the U.S. were Annie Carey in the 100 and 200m, Adaylia Borgmeier in the 100m, 200m, and 800m, Michael Anwar in the 200m, Beth Grauer and Samantha Heyison in shot put, Sayers Grooms in the 100m and 200m, Derik Smith in the 100m, Danielle Kanas in Javelin, and Emily Lopez in the 100m and 200m.
In order to compete at the IWAS competition, each athlete had to apply and meet certain criteria, including having at least two or more years of competition experience at the national level. The U.S. delegation also included a number of coaches, medical staff, and other support personnel.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) is an international sports organization for athletes with a physical disability and is one of the founding organizations of the Paralympic Games. As the United States’ primary member of IWAS, Move United has fielded many exemplary athletes to the IWAS World Games and IWAS World Youth Games over the years. The IWAS World Games is a biennial event featuring multiple sports, aiming to give aspiring athletes with physical impairments their first taste of international competition and experienced athletes the chance to continue competing.