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Paralympian to coach women in Battambang

Paralympian to coach women in Battambang

The Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled) has announced the appointment of Paralympic gold medallist Mary Allison Milford-Cook as the new technical adviser-cum-national coach to run CNVLD’s women’s wheelchair basketball program at the MOSVY National Rehabilitation Center in Battambang.

An accomplished Paralympic athlete, Milford-Cook was a member of the United States gold medal-winning wheelchair basketball team at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, following up with gold medals at the 2010 IBWF World Championships in Birmingham, England, and the 2011 Parapan American Games in Mexico.

According to the CNVLD, Milford-Cook will be on her first visit to Cambodia from May 25-31, during which she will train 30 athletes from the CNVLD program In 2009, Milford-Cook graduated from the University of Alabama. She was hired by the Lakeshore Foundation, an Olympic and Paralympic Training site in Birmingham, Alabama, as a recreation specialist, organising and implementing recreation programs for people with physical disability and coaching wheelchair basketball.

She continues to work at Lakeshore Foundation and in 2013 began working with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, developing an online “How To” series for individuals who use a wheelchair.

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