Wheelchair Sports Update

Posted by Ralph | 12:37 PM

By JEANINE deBOER, Mandarin Sun 11/22/2008

"The still waters of Victory Lake on the Westside were the backdrop on a recent Saturday for 22 people who did something that most people - including themselves - thought they would never do."

"From amputees to quadriplegics and from age 10 to adult, the group members water-skied, some for the first time in years and many for the first time ever, during a free water ski clinic provided by UCanSki2 and hosted by Brooks Rehabilitation."

Steve Kenny, for example, had not water-skied since an injury left him in a wheelchair 15 years ago.

"It was totally awesome," he said as volunteers rolled him back onto dry land.

Kenny said he didn't even realize when the other skiers let him go. "It was the closest rush to skydiving," he said.

Mandarin-area resident Ashton Sumner, 10, was the youngest to ski at the event. He was paralyzed in a car accident about four years ago and has been involved with Brooks Rehabilitation for a little more than a year.

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