Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
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by Abby Ferrin
11th Annual Wild Horse and Burro Festival
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Sunday, April 19, 2009
April 17 - 20, 2009
U.S. Olympic Training Center
Colorado Springs, Colorado
by Ellen Hall-Adams
Amazing Awaits. That is the message that is heard over and over during this three day conference. And, judging by many of the stories told, amazing happens.
More than 230 attendees, with a passion to prove what is possible for people with disabilities, are being treated to three days of learning from the best, compliments of U.S. Paralympics and the Olympic University.
The event kicked off Friday with an opening reception and a sneak preview of the film “Warrior Champions: From Baghdad to Beijing.” Filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud share the emotional and inspiring story of a group of severely wounded American Soldiers as they fight to turn nightmares of war into Paralympic dreams. “Warrior Champions” is a coming home story of struggle and triumph that challenges every notion of what it means to have a disability. It will be coming to select theaters in June, and is a must see.
Saturday opened with Dr. Jim Loehr, the Keynote Speaker. Dr. Loehr is the CEO and co-founder of the Human Performance Institute. Dr. Loehr spoke about learning to rewrite our life stories, and in the process redirecting our energy toward what is really most important. He was impassioned and convincing, and had everyone lining up for a book signing following the presentation.
Following Dr. Loehr’s opening, we were able to choose between five presentations every couple of hours. The choices were difficult, as everything was compelling. The good news is that all presentations were handed to us on a flash drive for later viewing. Among the presenters were Paralympians, Paralympic Coaches, Doctors, Recreational and Physical Therapists, and Leaders of cutting-edge adaptive and rehabilitation organizations.
After many amazing (there’s that word again) presentations about organization, athlete development, equipment technology, recruiting, funding, etc, this attendee got a Goal Ball in the face during a hands on experience in a relatively new Paralympic sport. I think I’ll call it a night. More tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Patrick Parkinson's article about a local family's struggles with Autism gave Tracy Riddleberger Meier the opportunity to talk about the NAC's programs and summer camps. Tracy is the program manager for Discovery Camps and the assistant program manager for the Recreational Ski & Snowboard Program. April is National Autism Awareness Month. The NAC will be working joining Utah's Walk Now for Autism on May 2nd, and more details will be coming soon about our pariticpation in that event.
Alisha Self also wrote an article about Shelby Mustang's arrival to the NAC. She spoke with Jan Drake about the process of bringing a mustang in from the wild and training it to become a therapy horse. Jan is the Equestrian Resource Manager at the NAC. In the article you can learn about Shelby's progress since his arrival, and you will be introduced to his stallmate, Miss Etta.
Both articles are good reads! Thanks, Pat and Alisha.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
The new Winter 2008-09 Ability Bulletin newsletter is now available for download! You can click on the graphic above or the title of this blog post to get your copy right on your computer!
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by Lucas Grossi
Dan Monzo and and Nicole Roundy are killin' it at the2009 USASA National Championships in Copper Mountain In the Halfpipe competition, Monzo (left) took third place and Nicole (right) rocked a silver metal! NAC Rippers!!!
More to come...
by Abby Ferrin
Shelby Mustang is still hard at work. Last Wednesday
He was so attentive and well-behaved in the arena that he was then able to take a walk outside. This was no small walk. He traveled all the way around the parking lot to the lodge and back safely into arena. While outside, he was fortunate enough to encounter a few cars and some very nice people.
A successful trip, and
Thursday, April 02, 2009
The 2009 U.S. Adaptive Ski Championships drew to a close today in Winter Park Colorado with the newest event in ski racing, the Super Combined. For those unfamiliar with this event, it requires the athlete to complete one run of Super G and one run of Slalom in one day. Super G is a speed event similar to Downhill but with a few more turns. In Downhill the athletes have the opportunity to complete a few training runs on the course prior to the actual race. In Super G there are no training runs, only a single opportunity to slowly inspect the course before racing full out. Following the morning race the athletes switch equipment and gears to complete one run of the quick turning slalom course. At the end of six tiring days of competition this event showcases both the athletes' versatility and level of fitness. I am very happy to report that all three of the NAC Ability Ski Team members attending this event not only survived the test of the Super Combined, but brought out some of their best performances of the week!
There was a problem with the results calculation during the last couple of days. With all of the snow there were a few delays in getting yesterday's race underway, so while the coaches were out getting a thigh burning workout by pushing several inches of powder off of the downhill track, the athletes had a bit of time to rest and relax. The weather did clear and the race was held under much better conditions than Tuesday's blizzard! We'll keep you updated as we get the results from the recent races.