Meet our Paralympians

DASA is proud of our Paralympic legacy. Since our founding in 1997, DASA’s comprehensive adaptive training and sports programs have enhanced our athletes abilities to gain strength, endurance, increased motor skills, confidence, and improved emotional well-being. Throughout DASA’s history we’ve supported athlete empowerment by creating an environment that maximizes our athlete’s physical abilities to experience the benefits and positive impact of living an active lifestyle. Many DASA athletes have gone on to become skilled recreational, competitive, and Paralympic athletes.

Amaris Vazquez Collazo


Amaris was born in Puerto Rico with Club Foot. At 14-months old her parents made the decision to amputate her foot. Amaris and her family joined DASA at a young age, and she has participated in many sports over the years including swimming, Camp WeCanDu and, of course, Track & Field.

In 2022, Amaris was Internationally Classified and made Team Puerto Rico. Since being classified, Amaris has competed in 4 international events in the last 7 months. She set personal records in Lima, Peru for all 3 of her events winning gold in all events. Amaris is working towards competing at the 2024 Paralympics in Paris in the 100m, 200m, and Long Jump.

Amaris lives in Lake St. Louis, MO and is a Senior at Liberty High School. Her goal is to compete at the collegiate level, and she is still weighing her options on where she will attend college.

Kendall Gretsch


Kendall, who was born with spina bifida, grew up swimming and competed on her high school’s swim team. Kendall currently competes in cross country skiing and biathlon during the winter and paratriathlon in the summer.

She made her Paralympic debut as a winter-sport athlete, winning two gold medals in Nordic skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, and competed at the 2020, and 2022 Paralympics as well.

Kendall first got involved with DASA and adaptive sports while attending Washington University in St. Louis. Through DASA she participated in wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and wheelchair racing. She became involved in triathlon after her sophomore year of college, after she was encouraged to join a local paratriathlon club, Dare2tri, while at a swim practice. From there she was hooked on to the sport. She especially loves the positive community aspect of triathlon, as well as being able to race outdoors. She is inspired the most by her fellow teammates because she takes motivation from seeing them work hard in practice every day.

The biggest satisfaction she gets out of competing in sports is seeing her own personal growth and having the ability to push herself as hard as she can to get better. She finds satisfaction in competing in both a summer and winter sport because she is always in a racing season, so it forces her to maintain a competitive mindset all year. In 2014, Gretsch was named the USA Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year, and in 2015 she was nominated for an ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. She became a Paratriathlon Gold Medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games and is a three-time World Paratriathlon World Champion, earning the title in 2014, 2015 and 2016. adult category.

Kerri Morgan


Kerri Morgan was born in Port Jefferson, NY. When she was 1 year old, Kerri contracted Transverse Myelitis. Adaptive Sports were not readily available when she was young, but that didn’t stop her from being a competitive swimmer. When she was in Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis, a friend introduced her to Wheelchair Rugby. Kerri became the first woman to be on the US Quad Rugby Team! To cross train for rugby, Kerri did wheelchair racing. In 2008, Kerri represented the USA in her first Paralympic Games in wheelchair racing. Following those games, her focus became Racing. Kerri, a T52, is a three-time Paralympian with four Paralympic medals. She’s won 15 world championship medals, including three golds. And after coming away with gold in the 100-meter at the 2019 world championship, she was seeded first in the world in that event. Unfortunately, the International Paralympic Committee canceled all T52 Women’s races right before the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. So, Kerri’s racing career came to a halt.

Kerri continues to play Wheelchair Rugby with DASA’s Rugby Team and is married to DASA’s Program Director, Meghan, and they have twin boys, Sullivan and Oliver.

David Horvath


David was born in Linn, Missouri with Spina Bifida. He and his family joined DASA when David was in High School. David competed in Track & Field for a few years before finding his passion in powerlifting making the US team in 2021.

David is currently a student at Lindenwood University. He lives in university housing, but when not on campus he lives with his family in Linn, Missouri. David is currently training with a Team USA strength coach out in Kansas City.

David competed in the ParaPan America games that was located at Logan University in Summer 2022. He won silver in the rookie class and bronze in his overall weight class!

Brett Forbes


Brett was born in Boone Terre, MO with Spina Bifida. He and his family joined DASA in 2018 with Brett playing wheelchair basketball. 3 years later Brett found powerlifting and made the US Team as a 16yr old and competes in both adult a youth competitions. Brett is currently training with a Team USA strength coach out of Kansas City.

Brett currently lives in Bonne Terre with his mom and dad and attends North St Francois High School. Brett competed in the ParaPan America games in Summer 2022 at Logan University and won gold in both his weight class and the overall junior category. He also won silver in his weight class in the adult category.

Eric Newby


Eric was born in Nashville, Illinois. In 2006, Eric broke his neck in a car accident the night of his high school graduation. Eric found rugby weeks after his accident while going through therapy. Eric has been playing with team USA long enough that he certainly isn’t the “Newbie” but thanks to his last name that is what everyone calls him. Newby has been on Team USA since 2013 and has represented Team USA in the last 2 Paralympic teams winning silver both times. Eric currently lives in Godfrey, IL with his wife and 3 year old daughter. He works as the marketing coordinator at DASA.

Jake Daily


Jake was born in Freeburg, Illinois. He broke his neck diving into a pool in 2014 when he was 22. Jake found DASA while working through rehab and was out at DASA events 1 week later!

While Jake has not been on the Paralympic team since being a part of Team USA, he is hopeful to be on the team this next cycle to compete in Paris and represent our country. He was a part of the National team that brought home silver in the 2022 World Championships.

Jake currently lives in Freeburg, IL and works as a substitute teacher for the Freeburg school district.

Sarah Adam


Sarah was born in Naperville, IL. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 25 while studying occupational therapy. Sarah found DASA while working on experience hours for her schooling and transitioned from volunteer to athlete in 2019. She has been a member of the USA Rugby Team since 2022.

Sarah currently lives in St Louis Missouri. She is a full-time professor of Occupational therapy at Saint Louis University.

Josh Pauls


Josh Pauls is from Green Brook, N.J. He found a passion for sled hockey at an early age with hopes of becoming the first NHL goalie with no legs. Josh was born without tibia bones and had both legs amputated at 10 months old. After a few years and some convincing from his parents, he joined a local team, the New York Rangers Junior Sled Hockey club team in 2002. Moving through the ranks quickly and showing promise, he was invited to a USA Hockey Development Camp in 2007. Shortly after, he made his U.S. National Sled Hockey Team debut in 2008. In 2010, at age 17, he was the youngest member of the gold medal-winning squad at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. He went on to make his second Paralympic team, winning gold in Sochi and continues to be an intricate piece in the team’s international success. Josh was named Best Defenseman at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Pan Pacific Championships.

Josh is a four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022). He has been playing on the DASA team for 10 years and continues to be a leader to our next generation of sled hockey players!

Katie Ladlie


Katie Ladlie was born in Troy, MO. She was born with Bockenheimer’s syndrome, a rare vascular malformation. In June 2011 she had her left leg amputated above the knee to alleviate the pain caused by a lack of cartilage in the knee. Shortly after, Katie was introduced to adaptive sports at DASA and began playing Sled Hockey in 2013. Her international debut was in 2015! Katie helped Team USA win gold at the 2022 Women’s World Challenge. The entire US Women’s Sled Hockey Team hopes that Women’s Sled Hockey will be included in the next Paralympic Games!

Katie has been an athlete, volunteer, intern and employee at DASA! In 2022, she began working as a Recreational Therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. While we miss having Katie on DASA’s Sled Hockey Team, we will always be proud of her accomplishments!

Billy Hanning


Billy Hanning was born in High Ridge, MO. At the age of 18, Hanning lost his right leg to cancer. Billy first learned about sled hockey after watching a local TV broadcast that featured DASA’s Steve Cash. He joined the DASA Sled Hockey Team in 2008 and assisted the team in winning the 2013 USA Hockey Adult Sled National Championship. As a U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team member, he was called up to the U.S. National Team in 2012 to play in the World Sled Hockey Challenge, marking his international competition debut. Billy continued to compete with the U.S. National Team, winning Gold in 2015 and Silver in 2017 at World Championships and the Gold Medal at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang.

Steve Cash


Steve Cash was born in Overland, MO and was a key resource in goal for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Cash, whose right leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at age three, started his sled hockey career with the DASA St. Louis Blues in 2004 and made his first U.S. Sled Hockey National Team in 2005. In 2009, he was named the USOC’s Paralympic SportsMan of the Year. Following the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, in which he was named the tournament’s MVP for stopping all 33 shots over five games, Cash was awarded an ESPY for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. Cash is a FOUR-TIME Paralympian, winning a Bronze in 2006 and Gold Medals in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 Paralympic Games. Steve Cash is the FIRST Paralympian to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame!

Steve retired from Team USA but continues to coach the DASA Athletes and be an integral part of teaching our next generation of Sled Hockey Players!

We would love to learn more about your fitness needs and how DASA can help, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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