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Officials reconsider decision to not allow wheelchair athlete to race in cross-country championships

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Published on October 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:48s

Officials reconsider decision to not allow wheelchair athlete to race in cross-country championships

The Maine Principals' Association is reconsidering its decision to deny a wheelchair athlete the opportunity to race in the state cross-country championships.

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Officials reconsider decision to not allow wheelchair athlete to race in cross-country championships

CLARKE HAS THE STORY FROMCUMBERLAND WHERE THAT RACEWILL TAKE PLACE?

TALIA ON CAM15;11;59;26 "THECHAMPIONSHIP RACE IS JUSTWEEKS AWAY?THE M-P-A IS DOING AWALK-THROUGH HERE AT TWINBROOK... TO SEE IF THERE AREANY MODIFICATIONS THAT CANBE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE THISWHEELCHAIR ATHLETE."15;12;09;25PKGTHE MPA ?

DENIED JONATHANSCHOMAKER'S ORIGINALAPPEAL ?

THAT COULD ALLOWHIM TO RACE ON THECHAMPIONSHIP COURSE?OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARESAFETY CONCERNS?THAT INCLUDE HIM GETTINGSTUCK, OR BUMPING INTOOTHER RUNNERS WITH HISCHAIR?AFTER A Γ‘SECOND REQUESTFROM HIS HIGH SCHOOL, THEMPA DECIDED TO TAKE ANOTHERLOOK?MIKE BISSON / MAINEPRINCIPALS ASSOCIATION- 15;15;13;12 "WE AREGOING TO GO THROUGH THECOURSE KNOWING THE PROBLEMAREAS THAT COULD CAUSE ANISSUE FOR A WHEELCHAIR,LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES TOMODIFY THAT COURSE AND MAKIT SAFE." 15;15;22;24JONATHAN'S FATHER ?

JON?TELLS US THE PERFECTMODIFICATION, WOULD BE TOADD ANOTHER LINE TO THESCORE SHEET TO ACCOMMODATEATHLETES LIKE HIS SON?JON SCHOMAKER / FATHER OFCROSS COUNTRY WHEELCHAIRATHLETE15;04;38;11 "REALLYSIMPLE.

YOU ADD A LINE TO THESPREADSHEET.

YOU HAVEBOYS, YOU HAVE GIRLS, YOUHAVE A WHEELCHAIRDIVISION."JONATHAN HAS BEEN RACINGALONGSIDE HIS TEAMMATESDURING THE REGULAR SEASON?AND PLANS ON ATTENDING POSTSEASON COMPETITIONS ?WHETHER HE IS ALLOWED TOPARTICIPATE OR NOT?JON SCHOMAKER / FATHER OFCROSS COUNTRY ATHLETE INWHEELCHAIR- 15;07;27;29 "???.HEDOES WHAT HE LOVES AND CROSSCOUNTRY IS HIS THING.

HE'SREALLY GOOD AT IT BETTERTHAN PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'TSEEN HIM GIVE HIM CREDITFOR." 15;07;42;07JON SAYS TODAY'S WALKTHROUGH WITH THE MPA,COACHES AND COURSEOFFICIALS ?

IS A STEP IN THERIGHT DIRECTION?JON SCHOMAKER / FATHER OFCROSS COUNTRY ATHLETE INWHEELCHAIR- 15;07;54;15 "I'MGUARDEDLY OPTIMISTIC.

I'MIMPRESSED THAT WE'REFINALLY SEEING SOMEPOTENTIAL CHANGE."15;08;01;24<BUTT

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