Patrick Standen

NDAA President, MA

NDAA co-founder and Board President, has been a driving force for organizing recreational programming and competitive opportunities for people with disabilities. Patrick teaches Philosophy at Saint Michael's College and medical ethics at the University of Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1988 and did his graduate work at Boston College, Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Pat is a US Sailing certified Level II Coach and sailing instructor, has taught sailing, hockey, wheelchair basketball, and coached junior high football. He serves on the Burlington Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Access and the VT Governor’s Council of Sports and Fitness. He is a contributor to DSUSA’s Magazine, Challenge, and several other publications.

An accomplished wheelchair athlete, Patrick has competed in international sailing regattas, played sled hockey against the U.S. and Canadian National teams and competed in over a dozen triathlons and marathons. In 1981, he took first place in the Winston Prouty Race and he continues to participate in wheelchair sports. In addition to his passion for sailing, he skis both Nordic and Alpine, swims, kayaks, handcycles and enjoys court sports. He is past course record holder in the handcycle division of the Vermont City Marathon and gold medalist in Biathlon at the Empire State Games.

Apart from athletics, he enjoys reading, writing and learning. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife.

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