U.S. Paralympian to address hurdling adversity at upcoming Congress

U.S. Paralympian to address hurdling adversity at upcoming Congress


Some of the world’s greatest athletes are on display now, competing in the Paralympic Games in Rio, the second largest sporting event in the world. NBC and NBCSN are broadcasting nearly 70 hours of coverage now through Sept. 18, and live online coverage is being provided at TeamUSA.org.

John Register, a two-time Paralympian who competed in swimming at the ’96 Games in Atlanta and in track and field at the 2000 Games in Sydney, is one of the featured speakers at this year’s Youth Sports Congress, which takes place Nov. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

The 15th annual Congress, the signature event of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), is a four-day comprehensive educational experience designed specifically for youth sports administrators. This training allows attendees to participate in the Congress, the Athletic Business Show, and maintain or earn their Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.

Register’s session is: Hurdling Adversity: Creating Life's New Normal to Achieve Gold Medal Performance.

Register was a four-time All-American long jumper, hurdler and 4x400 meter relay specialist at the University of Arkansas. He twice qualified for the Olympic Trials – once in the 110-meter high hurdles and once in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.

In 1994, after clearing a hurdle during a training session, he had a faulty landing and dislocated his left knee. Subsequently, his left leg was amputated just five days later. Yet, 18 months later he competed in the Paralympic Games as a swimmer. He then returned to the track and won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where he set the U.S. record and became one of only two athletes in the world at that time to have jumped further than 17 feet 8 inches without a leg or knee.   

During his interactive session, which will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 8:30-10 a.m., he’ll discuss the obstacles that block success and share a process to help individuals be better tomorrow than today. Attendees will also learn how to:

  • Identify obstacles that impede goal achievement.
  • Identify strategies to remove those barriers.
  • Implement those strategies in real time with action steps and accountability, to be followed up on in 30, 60 and 90 days.

Register is an advocate for ensuring all youngsters experience the value of sports. Plus, he has the unique ability to weave the lessons from the many challenges and triumphs he’s had in his life through his sessions to empower, encourage and impact the lives of others.

Register is the CEO and President of Inspired Communications International and the Associate Director for Community and Veterans Outreach for the United States Olympic Committee.

You can register for the Youth Sports Congress HERE; and for more information visit HERE, or call (800) 729-2057.

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