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Friday, July 12, 2019 11:20 am

Councilmen applaud Turnstone Paralympic qualifiers

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

Two Fort Wayne City Councilmen on Tuesday applauded the recent Paralympic qualifiers at Turnstone.

Councilmen Geoff Paddock, D-5th, and Russ Jehl, R-2nd, both attended the event Monday, Paddock said. 

"This has become of course a center for international, worldwide teams coming in for training," Paddock said. "It was really exciting to witness a goalball game between South Korea and Sweden and it was really fascinating to watch that and these very talented athletes training." 

Paddock said he and Jehl were given T-shirts and a badge to wear and were assigned to "keep the peace, which I think we did so pretty well without roughing anybody up."

Chuckling, Jehl proposed a possible fundraising event.

"I think perhaps maybe lining us up and letting people throw that goalball at us would probably raise a lot of money," Jehl said.

Laughing, Paddock replied that it would be "better than a dunk tank."

The 2019 ISBA Goalball and Judo International Qualifier at Turnstone ended Tuesday. 

dgong@jg.net