B'ville teen trains in California

Peyton Sefick recently traveled to California to participate in a three-day training camp for Team USA, the USA National Power Soccer Team.

A 2009 graduate of Baker High School and current freshman at Le Moyne College, Sefick is a member of the local CNY United Power Soccer Team and was selected from more than 100 applicants to try out for the Team USA Selection Camp in Indianapolis, IN this past November. The power soccer athlete learned of his selection to the national team during his holiday break from Le Moyne via an e-mail from team coach Chris Finn of Berkeley. Sefick was one of more than 20 national selection camp candidates who now is a member of the national team of 12.

Power Soccer is the game of soccer played on an indoor basket ball court by people who use motorized wheelchairs. It is one of the newest sports on the international scene working on Paralympic recognition. The sport combines the speed and power of an electric wheelchair with the skill of maneuvering on a court, creating an exciting and challenging game. Power wheelchair users, playing 4-on-4, drive their chairs with precision to kick, dribble and pass the ball. It is the fastest growing adaptive sport today.

The California training camp is the second camp for Sefick this year. He attended the first 2010 camp in Atlanta, GA in January. Team USA training camps are held across the country and will include a camp this summer to be held in Indianapolis, IN. Team USA is scheduled to play in the international Powerchair Football World Cup in Paris in 2011.

Power Soccer is an intergenerational sport with no age limits. The CNY United team is always looking for players. For more information about the sport of power soccer, visit the United States Power Soccer Association web site at powersoccerusa.net.

Peyton Sefick dribbles a ball during Team USA training camp held in January. A member of Team USA, Sefick recently traveled to California for another training camp in preparation for the international Powerchair Football World Cup to be held in Paris in 2011.

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