An Update from Chad Ganaway

Hey all,

As most of you know Chelsea and I were in a horrible car accident coming home from thanksgiving.  We spent 2 weeks in Odessa, in which Chelsea was in ICU for 4 days and then in the hospital the rest of the time with a severe brain injury.  My left forearm was shattered and i underwent two surgeries.  I have plates and screws and 2 pins in my wrist.  My physical injuries are NOTHING compared to the emotional pain I am in for Chelsea.  Jesus is starting to work on that for me, but it is still not easy not knowing what the future holds for your life and your loved one.

Chelsea has made progress and we are now back in Victoria for the first time since Thanksgiving.  Chelsea is at a neuro rehab center called  Warm Springs in Victoria.  I am back at my house for the first time without Chelsea.  This is EXCRUCIATING!  I miss her more than any word in any language can describe.  She has taken care of me for 8 years and the thought of not having her here when I come home from the gym at night is very difficult for me right now. 

We have a LONG tough road ahead of us.  I ask that you will all pray and spread the word to anyone that you know that will pray for complete restoration to Chelseas mind and body.  She is a wonderful girl and has never hurt a soul.  I assure you she is one of the last people on earth that deserves something like this. 

God has and is working miracles for us already.  We really should not be alive.  The pictures and how the accident happened are proof of that.  HE SAVED US FOR A REASON.  Now we just have to get Chelsea better so we can allow him to lead us into that reason. 


If anyone wants to know how they can help there has been a couple of different funds set up for us.  One is at any Wells Fargo.  You will have to tell the tellers that the fund was opened in New Mexico under BIlly Ganaway, the fund is called the Chad and Chelsea fund.  Some have had trouble with this one as not all tellers are the smartest people on the planet, but the fund does exsist.

Another fund has been set up by West Texas TNT, contact Patti for info on that one, I'm not real sure about it. 

We DO NOT expect anything from anybody, but all help is GREATLY appreciated as I won't be able to do any tumbling privates for quite sometime and who knows when Chelsea will work again.  And we won't even discuss medical bills :)!

Thank you all for your concern and prayers, please keep them coming, I MISS MY BABY DEARLY,


Chad Ganaway in Car Wreck

Chad Ganaway, Coach of South Texas Elite, and his fiance were seriously injured in a car wreck near Odessa, TX this morning. They need your prayers as she is in a coma and he is having surgery today. We will post updates on their condition as they become available. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers in the upcoming days and weeks.

Results From 2009 Championships Posted

The competition results from the 2009 Region 3 Championships in Lubbock, Texas have been posted. You can view the results by clicking on the "Competition Results" tab on the right hand side of the page. Team results have been posted on the 2009 Championships website and are available here.

Important Update Concerning The Region 3 Newsletter

In order to receive Region 3 Newsletter updates via email you must join the Region 3 Google Group. More information can be found by clicking "Join the Region 3 News Group" tab on the right side of the page.

Steps for forwarding your Google account Emails are now included on this page as well.

Attention Twitter Users!

Don't forget to turn your device updates to "on" for Region3 if you want to receive our updates on your mobile phone during the Regional Championships. Read below for further details on how to do this.

If you have not yet sign up for Twitter, you can still do so. Further details can be found by clicking the "R3 Tech" tab, then the "Twitter" on the right side of the page.

SIgn in to your twitter account online by going to www.twitter.com. On the top right of your home page (after you sign in), you will see a light green box with your username. Under your username, you will see three numbers with the words "following", "followers" and "updates". Click on the word "following". This will take you to a list of all people you are following on twitter. If you see region3 here, it means we have approved you to follow us. (If you don't, give us a few more days) Once you see region3, you will need to change the device updates to "on" for region3. This will send our updates to your mobile phone and you should be ready to go from there.

Jr. & Sr. Elite Bio Deadline April 10th

We need all athletes that are competing at the Jr. or Sr. Elite level at this year's Regional Championships to fill out a Bio. The deadline for submitting your Bio is April 10th if you want it in the Regional Championship Program. Please click on the "Athletes" tab on the right for further information and instructions. Remember to attach a recent photo.

Twitter @ Region 3 Championships: Recieve flight updates via text message on your cell phone

We are excited to announce that we will be trying a new service this year at our annual Championship event. Twitter is a microblogging communication service that allows us to communicate with you via text message on your cell phone. We hope this will be a great service for judges, parents and coaches and will make the Region 3 Championship experience even better. When you sign up for a free twitter account, you can choose to "follow" Region3 (our Twitter name) which means that you will receive, via text message, any updates we post to the Region 3 account if you choose to register your cell phone number with twitter to receive our "tweets". Throughout the meet, we will be posting when each competition flight and awards ceremony is starting and you can recieve those posts via text message so that wherever you are you will know if the competition is ahead of schedule (Surely this will be the case) or behind and when each flight is entering the competition floor.

For more information and to learn how to set up your account, see the Twitter page by clicking on the "R3 Tech" tab on the right.

1. Because this service is relies on delivering text message, we suggest that you be on an unlimited text message plan with your cell carrier. There will be a number of messages sent out and you do not want to be charged for each one of them. Region 3 is not responsible for any charges incurred for using this service.

2. Because this is the first time we will be trying this service, we suggest that you not rely exclusively on its accuacy. Most "tweets" or messages get delivered within a matter of seconds, be we cannot guarantee that the Twitter service will be running and delivering messages in a timely manner throughout the weekend.

Region 3 iPhone site created

We now have an iPhone optimized website with all J.O routines, a calendar, mobility and national qualification scores, and a news page so that you can get to this information quickly from your iPhone, iPod touch or other mobile device with a web browser. Simply go to www.usag-region3.org/iphone to view it. If you add this page to your home screen it will place a Region 3 logo button on your phone (iPhone/iPod touch only).

Comp Cards posted

We have placed an Excel file containing comp cards that are updated for the new pass requirements on our downloads page.

Updated Funding Policies Posted

An updated version of the Region 3 Funding Policies for 2009-2010 has been posted and is available for download on the "Scholarships & Travel Grants" page.

2009 Region 3 Championships Information

The information packet for the 2009 Championships has been posted on the Region 3 2009 Championships website. You can access it by clicking the "2009 Championships" tab to the right.

Region 3 Newsletter

Thank you to all that have signed up for the region 3 newsletter. We will soon be putting this to good use and we hope you find it a valuable asset for keeping up to date with Region 3 events. If you have not already signed up you can do so by clicking on the "Sign up for Region 3 Newsletter" link on the right.

Welcome 2009!

Many 2009 updates have been added to the site. We hope you all are ready for another great year. The information pertaining to this year's Region 3 Championships will be available soon.