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
Coach Utley and Summit High
graduate Tobi Fawehinmi
prepare for the opening ceremony.
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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
Utley was also part of last year’s
Parapan American Games, which
is the regional qualifying event for
the Paralympic Games.