SPORTS N’SPOKES Names Winners of 2019 Wheels UP! Accessible Travel Photo Contest
The magazine received hundreds of submissions showing people with disabilities traveling the world and showing off their athletic skill.
- By Haley Samsel
- Nov 04, 2019
Four grand prize winners have been named in the ninth annual Wheels UP! accessible travel photo contest hosted by SPORTS N’SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Co-sponsored by Abilities Expo and Cure Medical, the contest encouraged people with disabilities to share photos of themselves traveling the globe and taking part in adaptive sports. A team of judges, including adaptive surfer Christiaan “Otter” Bailey and iPush Foundation director Chris Malcolm, reviewed submissions from hundreds of participants.
Richard Corbett, a video creator from Atlanta, submitted the 2019 contest’s winning photo, which depicts him working out at the Original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California. On his YouTube channel Wheels2Walking, Corbett produces videos for “newly injured wheelchair users to help improve their quality of life and regain independence,” according to his channel.
His photo appears on the front cover of the November SPORTS ‘N SPOKES issue. In addition, Corbett will receive a $1,000 Southwest Airlines gift card courtesy of Cure Medical and five copies of the magazine.
The judges also named David Nickelson as the second place winner for a photograph of him off-roading along the rim of the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. Nickelson’s photo appears in the November issue, and he will receive a $1,000 gift card from AMS Vans along with three magazine copies.
Adrienne Terrell received third place for a photo showing her exploring the Mogollon Rim in Arizona with her family. As part of her prize, Terrell will receive a $200 At Home Medical gift card and two copies of the magazine. Her photo will also be published in SPORTS ‘N SPOKES’ online “Someone You Should Know” feature.
An honorable mention was awarded to Austin Martin, whose submission shows him sit skiing in Holiday Valley in New York. Martin’s submission will be shared on the magazine’s social media pages, and he will receive a magazine issue and a $300 EZ-Access portable folding ramp courtesy of Cure Medical.
Haley Samsel is the Associate Content Editor of HME Business and Mobility Management.