Mansfield ISD Magazine Fall 2016 | Page 18

MISD Track Coach Chosen for Paralympic Games Shannon Utley, the head coach of track and cross country for Summit High School, is back in the U.S. after coaching on her athletes in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The games were held Sept. 7-18. Utley was chosen to be the assistant coach of jumps at the international event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 4,000 athletes from more than 160 countries competed in their respective sports. Coach Utley and Summit High graduate Tobi Fawehinmi prepare for the opening ceremony. 16 Mansfield School & Family The Paralympic Games are held every four years for athletes with disabilities and usually occur a few weeks after the Olympics ends. The games are designed to emphasize the participants’ athletic achievements and not their disability. This was the 15th edition of the modern Paralympic Games. Utley was also part of last year’s Parapan American Games, which is the regional qualifying event for the Paralympic Games.