Married officers take down gunman

Deputy Roland J. Smithers Jr. had to call for back up following an incident at 3:17 p.m. on Monday.

Little did he know that the officer available to assist him was his colleague and wife, deputy Susan K. Smithers.

Local farmer Clem R. Kadiddlehopper, 70, made the 911 call. He reported a man with a gun was in the field behind the barn.

Kadiddlehopper resides at 3451 East Cussville Road.

Deputy Susan Smithers arrived at 3:22 p.m. Both deputies were armed with shotguns, and proceeded to the rear of the house. A rifle shot was heard coming from the cornfield. Deputies took cover.

Moments later a man emerged carrying a rifle in one hand and a liquor bottle in the other.

The suspect is Robert L. Worthington, aged 48. Worthington stated he was distraught over a pending divorce, and losing his job at Susquehanna Steel Corporation in Kittatinny.

Smithers ordered Worthington to drop his weapon, which he did. He fell to his knees and started to cry. Both deputies attempted to subdue him.

Worthington lunged at Susan Smithers, grabbing her neck and putting her in a choke hold. Deputy Roland Smithers intervened, only to also be grabbed around the neck.

Worthington claimed he wasn’t intending to hurt anyone, that he was just irate about his current circumstances.

“I wasn’t gonna hurt no one. Shit, I was just all worked up over this crap goin’ on, and I thought I might feel better if I shot up some bottles and shit.”

After some resistance, Worthington was eventually arrested and booked at Schuylkill County Jail in Kittatinny.

Circuit Judge, Clarence L.Simon issued charges of public intoxication, trespassing, and two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Worthington’s car, a 2007 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was later retrieved. Found parked on the shoulder of Cussville Road, about a quarter of a mile east of the site.

Following the unusual occurrence of married police deputies working together, Schuylkill County Sheriff, Percival F. Quackenbush said the county is usually prohibited from hiring spouses.

In 1996, the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Gender Equity Act passed a law that encouraged the hiring of more women as police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers.

“Mr. and Mrs. Smithers don’t usually work the same shift, and they told me this was the first time they had ever responded to an incident together.” Said Quackenbush.

“I’m just glad they were able to avoid having to use lethal force and that everything worked out OK.”

Worthington will face a bail hearing on Tuesday, following a night in the cell.

College Coaches Salaries – US v UK

Men’s Basketball

UW-Madison – William Ryan $421,000 with $2,401,618 inc. bonuses.

UW-Whitewater – Patrick Miller $85,468 and no bonuses.

UW-Milwaukee – Rob Jeter $452,130 with $495,441 inc. bonuses.

 

Women’s Basketball

UW-Madison – Bobbie Kelsey $305,500 with $309,350 inc. bonuses.

UW-Whitewater – Keri Carollo $74,633

UW-Milwaukee – Kyle Rechlicz $131,300 with $135,355 inc. bonuses.

 

Men’s Football

UW-Madison – Gary Andersen $400,000 with $2,199,401 inc. bonuses.

UW- Whitewater – Kevin Bullis $42,000 with $53,785 inc. bonuses.

UW- Eau Claire – Robert Glaser $65,814 with no bonuses.

 

Women’s Soccer

UW-Madison – Paula Wilkins $119,149 with no bonuses.

UW – Whitewater – Ryan Quamme $53,420 with no bonuses.

UW – Eau Claire – Sean Yengo $44,513 with no bonuses.

 

Men’s Baseball

UW-Milwaukee – Scott Doffek $68,660 with $73,720 inc. bonuses.

UW – Whitewater – John Vodenlich $67,357 with $79,357 inc. bonuses.

UW- Stevens Point – Pat Bloom $46,552 with $61,552 inc. bonuses.

 

Women’s Softball

UW-Madison – Yvette Healy $112,085 with no bonuses.

UW- Whitewater – Brenda Volk $45,458 with $47,458 inc. bonuses.

UW – La Crosse – Chris Helixon $40,243 with $43,243 inc. bonuses.

 

 

Figures courtesy of:

 

(http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/investigations/2014/11/26/university-of-wisconsin-professor-coach-chancellor-salaries/18022057/)

 

 

 

Gender Equality

 

Gender equality is an ongoing topic, in particularly in the sporting world. Should colleges be made to pay their male and female team’s coaches the same amount per annum?

 

In terms of annual salary, there is a difference between the amount coaches of male teams earn, as opposed to the amount coaches of female teams earn.

 

For example, UW-Madison men’s basketball coach William ‘Bo’ Ryan earns a base salary of $421,000 per year, including $2,401,618 in bonuses.

 

This is in comparison with Bobbie Kelsey – the women’s basketball coach, who earns $305,500 with bonuses amounting to $309,350.

 

As a rule, women’s sport doesn’t tend to allow for bonuses to be incorporated into the contract. Which suggests that there is not enough money provided towards the female sports, as opposed to the mens.

 

Money is generated from tuition fees, sponsorships and advertisements. Some schools have their own TV stations, which is another source of income. Depending on the status (DI, DII, DII) that determines how much a school will typically earn, and consequently spend.

 

American sport comparisons

 

From the research conducted, it is evident that the sport that pays the most is men’s basketball. In comparison with football and baseball, the basketball coaches can expect to earn larger salaries.

 

As Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, the Badgers is seen as the biggest team in the state. William “Bo” Ryan earns almost five times the amount the coach at Milwaukee earns per year.

 

Baseball is the lowest earning sport from the sports mentioned, with average salaries in the region of $55,000 to $60,000 per year – depending on bonuses set by each individual university.

 

This is a coincidence as Milwaukee is a bigger city than Madison, but the school in Madison is superior to that of Milwaukee.

 

US v UK sporting styles

 

College sport is a big business in the U.S.A. Coaches’ public university salaries are open to the public.

 

Private universities are not required to make their records public.

 

While the general consensus is that most American students must graduate from college if they are to gain a full time job in their chosen industry.

 

This is not a necessity in the UK, a degree does help, but it does not guarantee future employment. Students can legally leave high school at 16 and go into the world of work, or apply for an apprenticeship.

 

However, in the UK, many of the coaches are currently employed members of staff who give up their free time to help out the sports teams.

 

This is totally voluntary, staff members have the final say as to whether they want an additional role.

 

From experience, Soccer requires any coach to have a minimum of level one F.A. coaching badge. This is the same for Cricket, but Rugby does not require any qualifications.

 

In some cases, the coaches will get their gas, and any food or drink purchases reimbursed by the school.

 

If an athlete is seen to be good enough, a professional sports club will have signed them up, and will train on a full time basis at the youth center. Education for those signed up is provided by the individual club, as opposed to going to school.

 

Overall, college sport is seen as an area of importance in the US. Not only do universities pride themselves on their academic ability, they also want to have the best athletes available.

 

Investing money into sporting developments determines which division the university will compete in – those with larger resources will take part in DI, and those with more limited resources will take part in DIII.

Gary D’Amato – a masterclass in journalism

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Last week, in class, we had a journalism masterclass delivered to us from Gary D’Amato, a seasoned professional – particularly in golf and the Olympics. D’Amato told stories from his career, anecdotes from the world of sport, and valuable tips for future journalists.

Coming from England, it was interesting to hear about how the same profession works in a different country. There are many similarities, but also some subtle differences. The basic principles remain the same, with a few differing characters, of which D’Amato eluded to.

A personal favorite was the story about baseball player Jeff Suppan, formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers. D’Amato was instructed by his editor to get an interview with the pitcher, only for the club to refuse.

However, in a bizarre twist of fate, Suppan got in touch with D’Amato and invited him to his home and gave a candid interview of his career. It was a nice story, from player to journalist – showing they do like the media after all.

The interview was a positive character boost for Suppan, while a memorable experience for D’Amato. Securing this information was a real scoop, for the Journal Sentinel.

One main point that was worth noting is how D’Amato loves his profession. Phrases such as “I get to do this” not “I have to do this” were apparent in the presentation. A passion for sport, and the ability to write can lead to all kinds of different paths.

As a former editor, D’Amato revealed what he would look for when sifting through endless amounts of resumes. It is quintessential to have experience in the industry, but he also appreciates you have to start somewhere, to gain experience. It was a real eye opener.

While my career is unlikely to be in the USA, it was a great experience to listen to someone of such stature talk about my chosen profession. It was something I will remember, and take note when the time comes to get my first job as a journalist

Chancellor Telfer – the legacy

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After a 20 year association with the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, chancellor Richard Telfer has announced he is to retire at the end of the semester.

Telfer is the fifteenth chancellor at the school, and was appointed as interim chancellor in June, 2007. Prior to his role as chancellor, he served as a professor, provost and vice chancellor.

Telfer leaves behind a legacy at Whitewater, having strengthened graduation rates, as well as being the catalyst for the establishment of the Academic Advising and the Exploration Center.

In his days as a student, Telfer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in speech/English. He then went on to gain a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Away from his duties as chancellor, Telfer is married to wife Roni, together they have two children, Rachel and Gavin. Telfer currently resides in Whitewater. In their spare time they participate in campus, community and civic groups.

Over the course of his time as chancellor, Telfer has built up a rapport with the school, students and staff alike. Business junior Jake Ferree says Telfer will be missed.

“Chancellor Telfer is a very approachable man, he always makes time for anyone who has an issue or concern. He has always made an effort to attend dinners and award ceremonies. He will be sorely missed.”

“I have often seen him walking around campus, and in Hyland. He makes sure he says hi and acknowledges everyone he encounters.”

Ferree also added how it is important to have a chancellor that cares about the school.

“As a business major I am interested in that side of the school. It is important to have a chancellor who is personable, and can attract business to the school.”

Not only is chancellor Telfer popular in school, he is a well-respected man of the community. Megan Williams who works at the Sweet Spot Coffee house in Whitewater spoke highly of Telfer.

“Whenever I have spoken to him he has always been pleasant. He often comes in for a coffee on his way to work. He is a popular member of the community.”

“I wish him the best in his retirement, and he is always welcome to come for a coffee!’

Replacing Telfer as chancellor may be a difficult task, but Ray Cross, the President of the University of Wisconsin systems announced that five candidates have been selected for further interviews.

The five candidates will participate in a series of public forums, offering opportunities for

faculty, staff, students, and community members to interact directly with the finalists.

The campus search and screen committee will announce a schedule for those public conversations

While Telfer may not be retiring at the best of times, with the budget proposal set to see a rise in tuition, and a potential staff cut. Some may question Telfer’s decision to go now, but everyone at Whitewater will ensure he goes with best wishes, and thank him for his loyal services.

Governor Scott Walker has proposed cuts in the education budget, which will affect Whitewater. Over $300 million is set to be cut, which will leave schools all over the state struggling to spend within their means.

The new chancellor will have a lot of work to do, but Telfer leaves Whitewater in a good position, both academically and financially.

Martin Odegaard – too much too young?

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Martin Odegaard – a sixteen year old soccer prodigy. Born in Norway, December 17, 1998. Odegaard was recently snapped up by Spanish giants Real Madrid C.F. arguably the biggest club in the world.

Madrid president Florentino Perez splashed out $6.5million on the highly sought after wonderkid. Clubs such as Barcelona, Bayern Munchen, Manchester United and Liverpool were all in competition with Madrid for his, and his father’s (who represents him) signatures.

Normally, when a player moves club it is the transfer fee that is under scrutiny. Not in this case, four million is a fair fee for someone who has obvious potential, but has not yet contributed or had any success in the game.

After long, drawn out negotiations, Odegaard put pen to paper on a staggering $120,000 per week. This makes Odegaard the highest paid teenager in soccer. However, Real Madrid are a club notorious for handing out money like bars of candy to their stars.

Since his arrival in January, Odegaard is yet to make an appearance for the first team. He was recently called up to the squad for the first time, but was an unused substitute. The club feel that securing a regular place in the youth team is best for his development, a sentiment that Odegaard disagrees with.

Club legend Zinedine Zidane coaches the youth team, and he claimed that Odegaard has refused to train with his academy colleagues, believing he should be making the first team on a regular basis. Is this a case of too much too young? It certainly feels that way, thus far.

While Odegaard may blossom into a future Ballon D’Or candidate, there is no doubt that Madrid have overpaid for his services. Considering he earns more than some of the first team, he is yet to show any signs of being value for money.

Mayor Petykiewicz’ drink drive shame.

Mayor of Kittatinny Gustavus G. Petykiewicz is facing a potential prison sentence of up to ten years.

Petykiewicz, 56, was charged for causing great bodily harm after driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The accident took place at approximately 1p.m. last Saturday on the Intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road in the Town of Frontenac, Schuylkill County.

The responding deputy Gordon J. Slivovitz revealed that the victim is Robert H. Doane, 42, of 1332 Main Street, Kittatinny.

Doane sustained multiple injuries, most notably concussion as well as complaining of abdominal pains. Doane was also bleeding heavily. The county ambulance arrived on the scene at 1:23p.m.

Petykiewicz is believed to have hesitated at the stop sign, and then pulled into the intersection, crossing into the road and hitting the Buick driven by Doane on the driver side.

Petykiewicz came out of the accident unscathed, but police found an open, half-empty bottle of Fleischmann’s vodka in the passenger side of the vehicle.

Asked if he had been drinking, Petykiewicz slurred in response.

“You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.” He then added, “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Petykiewicz was arrested at the scene of the incident, and examined by paramedics.

Results of a breath test indicated that Petykiewicz had a blood alcohol content of .14 (the limit is .08.) He also failed a field sobriety test, stumbling to the ground several times.

Since the accident took place, a witness has stepped forward to help the police with their enquiries.

Alice Q. Magarian, 33, had been driving behind Doane said she was “Several car lengths behind. Just enough for me to stop and safely pull over.”

Magarian claims that Doane was driving northbound in a prudent fashion, at approximately 55 miles per hour when the Ford recklessly approached from the west on Fonebone Road.

At 2p.m. a Flight for Life helicopter was summoned and arrived on the scene to airlift Doane from his vehicle due to suspected spinal injuries. He was flown to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Petykiewicz was taken down to Schuylkill County Jail in downtown Kittatinny. He was booked and fingerprinted, and mug shots were taken.

He exercised his right to remain silent but did not wish to call an attorney.  His wife, Gloria Petykiewicz, arrived at the jail at 3:02p.m. and posted a cash bill of $500. The mayor was released to the custody of his wife.

She declined to comment on the incident.

The preliminary hearing for Petykiewicz will take place at Schuylkill County District Court on Tuesday at 9:00a.m.

It is yet further bad publicity of Petykiewicz following the announcement of the initial budget last month that saw many complaints from Kittatinny residents.

Jobs inspires next generation

Yesterday, the founder of leading electronics company Apple Computer Inc. Steve Jobs, 50, gave an inspiring talk to graduating students at Stanford University.

Jobs told three stories, that each played a significant part in his life. Both professionally, and privately.

The first story Jobs told was all about what he describes as “connecting the dots.”

This is a story that begins even before Jobs was born. His biological parents decided that they were going to put him up for adoption.

However, at the last minute, when Jobs was born, the couple that was all set for adopting him had a change of heart, as they insisted they wanted a baby girl.

A late night phone call, to the people he now refers to as “my parents” were more than happy to adopt a boy.

But yet again, there was a stumbling block. Neither of them had a college degree.

Only a promise that Jobs would go to college enforced his biological mother to sign the final adoption paper.

“Truth be told, I never graduated from college. This is the closest I have ever gotten to a college graduation.”

“After six months I could no longer see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out.”

Jobs spoke of how he followed his intuition and curiosity, which turned out to be “priceless” later on in life.

The example Jobs uses is how he attended a calligraphy class, and learned all about Serif and Sans Serif typefaces.

Fast forward ten years from the college drop out and Jobs the creative force was born. Working alongside his good friend Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak, together they incorporated the calligraphy into the prototype of the Mac. The first computer with differing styles of typography.

“It was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very clear looking backwards, ten years later.”

The second story Jobs spoke about was on love and loss.

“I was lucky. I found what I loved doing when I was young. Woz and I started Apple in my parent’s garage. Ten years on and Apple had grown from two of us in a garage into a two billion dollar company, with over four thousand employees.”

From what seemingly was a high moment in Jobs’ career, came by far the lowest point. He was fired, from a company he started.

The beginning of the end for Jobs started when he recruited John Scully, the CEO of soft drink giants Pepsi-Cola.

In their first year of working together, it was all fine, but they began to have conflicting Ideologies.

After what Jobs describes as a “falling out” the board of directors sided with Scully, forcing Jobs to pack up his office and head out of Silicone valley.

“At 30 I was out. And very publicly out. The entire focus of my adult life was gone, and it was devastating.”

“I thought about leaving the valley. But then I realized I loved what I was doing.”

In the next five years, Jobs went on to create several more companies, including Pixar and Next.

Also in this time period he met his now wife, Laurene. The pair has been married for 25 years.

Just as Jobs was re-establishing himself again, a remarkable turn of events saw Apple buy his company, Next. He found himself back amongst familiar surroundings.

“I’m convinced that being fired was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”

The third and final story Jobs told the students about was death.

“If you live each day as if it is your last, then eventually, one day you will be right.”

Jobs used the notion of death to help inspire him to achieve more in life. He says that if he doesn’t wake up each day and enjoy what he is about to do, then a change is required.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid falling into the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

In 2004, Jobs was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, and was told by doctors it was incurable. Luckily, the doctors were able to remove the tumor after some tests.

“I had the surgery, and thankfully I’m fine now.”

Jobs rounded off his speech by referring to the students as the “new” but reminded them that one day, they will be the old.

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Kittatinny rebuilds – budget announced.

Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz has released details of the proposed 2016 budget.

While the budget is bound to upset many of the residents, Petykiewicz today called a press conference to try and reassure citizens.

“I speak to you all with a heavy heart, some hard choices have had to be made in regards to the 2016 budget. In time of financial crisis I ask that we all work together and help rebuild Kittatinny. We simply have to balance the books.”

The proposal will see significant cuts in expenditure, particularly in the police department. Officers’ wages set to be cut by over $100,000 and at least two officers will lose their jobs.

Police chief Roman Hruska responded badly to this proposal. Hruska raised concerns at how reducing his staff will affect the streets of Kittatinny. It is common knowledge that Petykiewicz and Hruska share a somewhat dicey relationship, the budget is only adding further fuel to the fire.

Hruska said: “Cutting my staff will increase the burden on existing officers, and run the risk of further cases of domestic violence which often occurs on the morning shift.”

“Further to this, the response time of sherriff deputies are not as quick as having my own officers responding to calls. It will be an extra burden for the sherrifs too.”

Conversely, Petykiewicz was challenged to take a 10 percent pay cut in order to help the current crisis. Hruska also agreed to the request.

“If the mayor takes a cut, then so will I.”

Aside from the loss of jobs in the police department, Petykiewicz has also proposed increases in parking fees, parking tickets, asphalt, and health insurance.

However, there is scheduled to be increases in the city tax rate, with the tax mills going from 4 to 4.3. Denelda Penoyer, who is president of Kittatinny City Council, believes this is imperative to help improve the current economic climate.

“The whole council voted on the matter, and voted in favor of the increase. Residents with a home valued at $100,000 will see an annual charge of $430 compared to the current charge of $400.”

While Petykiewicz and Penoyer agreed on the subject of tax mills, they did not agree on the issue of cutting police jobs.

“Also in the pipeline is a proposal to increase the tax mills to 5 in order to help keep the police on our streets.”

After arguing the case, Mayor Petykiewicz agreed to consider the proposition.”

Penoyer also confirmed she would agree to a 10 percent pay cut.

Martha Mittengrabben, president of AFSCME Local 644 also agreed to the pay cut. Citing “spirit of shared sacrifice as her reasoning.” This would see the union reducing wages, as opposed to laying employees off.

An item on the budget that caused confusion was the proposal to spend $55,763 on a drivable weed-removal vehicle for the city beach at White Dear Lake.

Petykiewicz responded by claiming it would help improve tourism.

“The vehicle will ensure that the lake is well maintained all year round, we badly need the tourism to help generate funding. We want people to come to Kittatinny, rather than drive out of their way to go elsewhere.”

Petykiewicz closed the press conference by offering to freeze his own salary for the year. As well as agreeing to resolve differences with Hruska.

“I will work in partnership with Chief Hruska, to help ensure Kittatinny remains a safe environment to live for all involved.”

“Please know that my door is always open and I welcome your suggestions as to how we can weather this rough time.”

 

Kevin Bullis – New UW-W Football Coach.

On Wednesday, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater unveiled Kevin Bullis as their new football coach.  Bullis had previously been the interim coach, but now takes on the role on a full time basis.

 

The Warhawks have enjoyed a lot of success over the last few years, and the main remit for Bullis will be to continue the winning tradition. In his press conference, Bullis spoke of his pride at being named the coach.

 

“It is truly an honor to serve UW-W as head football coach,” Bullis said. “Following the legacies left by Forrest Perkins, Bob Berezowitz and Lance Leipold is humbling and exciting. I’d like to thank Chancellor [Richard] Telfer, Amy Edmonds, [Associate Director of Athletics] Bob Lanza and the entire search committee for having the faith in me to take the lead.”

 

Initially, Bullis was appointed as the defensive runs coordinator back in 2007, and has now worked his way to the top. Athletic Director Amy Edmonds spoke positively about the new appointment.

 

“We are thrilled to promote Kevin to the position of head football coach at UW-Whitewater,” Edmonds said in a press release. “His passion, integrity and understanding of the holistic student-athlete experience stood out during the search and screen process. Kevin understands the rich history of Warhawk football and the entire university, and we are confident in his ability to continue our tradition of excellence both on and off the field.

 

Many of the players have come out in support of the appointment, including junior defensive lineman Zach Franz who sent a tweet saying: “No way anyone other than Bullis is about to land the head spot.”

 

Despite Bullis wanting to be a DI coach, he has decided to put that ambition on hold, to take over in DIII, allowing him time to build up a better resume.

 

“When I was a young guy there was not a question; my ultimate goal was to be a Division I coach. One night I was walking with a friend of mine and we had just finished a practice and at that camp we had a number of players at that camp coaching. My friend said to me: ‘Kevin, I’m jealous of you.’ I said, ‘I’m at D-III and was making about $30,000 at the time, and you’re making six figures and every week you’re on ESPN.”

 

“He goes, ‘Those players of yours that are coaching, when they look at you they look into your eyes with respect and admiration and love. They look at all of you coaches that way. You know what my players look at me with — is that guy going to get me to the NFL or not?”

 

Bullis will be looking to build on the foundations he has already created at Whitewater, and help enhance his legacy even further. With the right funding, he could find himself in DI with the Warhawks.

John Boie Interview

At the age of two, John Boie, 22, from Milton, Wisconsin was involved in an accident that has left him disabled – paralyzed from the waist down.

 

The incident occurred on the farm where Boie grew up, he was run over by a tractor.

 

Despite this traumatic experience, Boie has lived a positive life, that has seen him accomplish a lot, and overcome many obstacles that life has thrown at him.

 

“Being in a wheelchair doesn’t stop me from living my life the way I want to live it. Sometimes it is a struggle, but I have a strong family around me, who support me – I’m very fortunate in that regard.”

 

Growing up as one of three children, Boie was introduced to sport from an early age. The family are all avid Green Bay Packers supporters’. Boie himself plays wheelchair basketball, and is very competitive when it comes to match days.

 

“I love playing, competing against all kinds of people from all over the Mid-West. We even play (and beat) many able bodied teams, which is always a nice feeling. It’s nice to feel like you’re on a level with them.”

 

Boie takes his basketball very seriously, and one of his burning ambitions is to represent his beloved United States in the next Paralympic games. A challenge he feels is very realistic.

 

“Why not? I play at a relatively high standard for my disability group, I have played in a number of tournaments, and been selected in team’s of the tournaments. Playing in the Paralympics would really mean a lot to me, it is the highest level I could compete at, and I certainly think I have the ability to play.”

 

He previously played for his country in a tournament over in Australia, the only time he has been outside North America. An experience in which Boie recalls as a life changing moment.

 

“It was the first time I had been away from home without my family. I was selected to play for the US, and it was a great honour. Going over to a foreign country with the stars and stripes on my chest. What a feeling. Something that made me grow in confidence, I was so proud.”

 

When he isn’t playing or spectating sport, Boie studies at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and works part time in the Human Resources department.

 

He is also an ambassador for disabled sports in the local area. A responsibility he thoroughly enjoys.

 

“I always try to share my experiences with others. Sport has helped me so much in my life, it has allowed me to meet people that I can safely say are friends for life. I would encourage any disabled person to try a sport, there is so many avenues that can be explored through sport and socializing.”

 

After graduating in the summer, Boie insists that he wants to remain in the state of Wisconsin, close to family and friends. To continue pursuing his dream of playing in the Paralympics, as well as helping others to get involved.

 

“Wisconsin is my home, it always will be. Every summer my dad and me go hunting, we take trips to the lakes and spend hours fishing. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”