Jessica Rogers

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Jessica Rogers
Jessica Reach.jpg
Rogers in 2010
Personal information
Nickname(s)Red
Born (1997-03-09) March 9, 1997 (age 21)
Sao Carlos, Brazil
ResidenceSpringfield, Virginia, U.S.
EducationW. T. Woodson High School (Fairfax, Virginia) '15
Height18 in (46 cm) (2010)
Weight55 lb (25 kg) (2016)
Sport
SportWheelchair racing
Swimming
Wheelchair Basketball
DisabilityCaudal Regression Syndrome
Disability classT53
Event(s)All Events – Track
100 Breaststroke – Swimming
200 Breaststroke – Swimming
University teamUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
TeamFISH swim team, McLean, VA (2009–2013)
Coached byAndy Cipriano (FISH)
Adam Bleakney (UIUC)
Updated on 16 July 2016.

Jessica Rogers is an American Wheelchair basketballer, wheelchair racer and swimmer. She is also the founder of the International Sacral Agenesis/Caudal Regression Syndrome Association, or iSACRA, an organization for information sharing, support, and networking.

Early life[edit]

Rogers was born in Brazil where she spent the first part of her life in an isolated crib in a care facility for adults with severe cognitive limitations. At 14 months old she was adopted into a single parent household with many siblings who have different special needs. Jessica was born with the rare condition of lumbosacral agenesis/caudal regression syndrome and has had bilateral leg amputations due to the condition. Her spine ends at approximately T 7–10, which caused some paralysis. Jessica was born with one kidney and a very small lower anatomy, a common trait associated with caudal regression syndrome.

She graduated from Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School in 2015; she founded The International Sacral Agenesis/Caudal Regression Association, or iSACRA, with a group of volunteers in 2012.[1]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2015: Ranked One of the Top Female U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans – 100 M (Ranked 4th, time: 19.08); 200 M (Ranked 6th, time: 34.88); 400 M (Ranked 7th, time 69.06); 800 M (Ranked 5th, time: 02:23.94)[2]
  • 2014: U.S. Paralympics, a division of USOC (United States Olympic Committee) Track and field high school all American female
  • 2014: 10th International Wheelchair Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Junior Games, Stoke Mandeville, medalist 100, 200, 400, 800 M track events
  • 2013: U.S. Paralympics, a division USOC (United States Olympic Committee) Track and field high school all american female, 100 M with a time of 20:34
  • 2013: IWAS World Junior Games Mayaguez, Puerto Rico – Special Performance Award (recognition of athletes with international potential competing in their first IWAS World Junior Games)
  • 2013: IWAS World Junior Games Mayaguez, Puerto RicoSwimming S5 category, Gold medal (50m backstroke); Silver medal (200 Individual Medley); Athletics, Two Gold medals (200m; Super Sprint T1, time 1.01.47)
  • 2013: International Wheelchair Amputee Sports Junior World Games selectee for US Junior Team, paratriathalon, swimming and track
  • 2013: National Wave triathlete, US National Paratriathalon Championships, Austin, Texas
  • 2013: National Junior Disability Championships, Rochester, Minnesota, First place 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 meter wheelchair track, first place 50 m back, breast, fly, free, 100 m breast, 100 m free swimming
  • 2013: National Junior Disability Championships, Rochester, Minnesota, Female Track Athlete Spirit of Excellence Award
  • 2011: Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico, silver medal 100 m breaststroke
  • 2011: SPORTS 'N SPOKES Magazine's Junior Athlete of the Year
  • 2011: Founded iSACRA, an international organization for information and support of individuals with sacral agenesis/caudal regression syndrome
  • 2010: Junior National Champion, 100, 200, 400, 800 m wheelchair track
  • 2010: Im Able Foundation's Racing Wheelchair Recipient
  • 2010: American Paralympic record holder, women's 100 SCY breaststroke
  • 2010: American Paralympic record holder, women's 200 SCY IM
  • 2010: Canadian American Paralympic National Champion women's 100 m breaststroke
  • 2009: Canadian American Paralympic National Champion women's 100 m breaststroke
  • 2009: Canadian American Paralympic National Champion women's 200 m breaststroke
  • 2008: National Junior Disability Championships, First place 100, 200, 400 m wheelchair track[3][4][5]

Filmography[edit]

Documentaries and other television appearances include:

First aired Title Episode Distributor Produced by
January 18, 2006 REBUILT: The Human Body Shop A Child's Courage Discovery Health Channel D.T. Slouffman
October 2006 News Report: Kicking For Kids Who Can't N/A WUSA9 News – Washington D.C. area Emily Smitt
September 24, 2015 Body Bizarre Double Amputee Teen Sets Sights On Rio Paralympics Barcroft Productions

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] – iSACRA Home Page
  2. ^ Tammaro, Brianna (3 September 2015). "2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans named". U.S. Paralympics. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. ^ "About Us". The international Sacral Agenesis Caudal Regression Association iSACRA.
  4. ^ "AMERICAN RECORDS FOR PARALYMPIC SWIMMERS – March 4, 2011" (PDF). Retrieved March 28, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "World's Smallest Athlete". Reach NYC. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.

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