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Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Accessible Open Water World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bruckner Chase gave a rousing appeal and explanation of the increasingly accessible world of open water swimming at the annual Accessible World Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania yesterday.

"We work to enable new and old marine athletes to connect with their water-born feelings of independence, power and excitement through the surf lifesaving sports of open water poone paddling and swimming," explained Chase who teamed up with Accessible World Conference founder Ather Sharif.

"There is currently a growing team of para-athletes pushing their limits in the waters around South Jersey. We enable sustainable positive change when we recognize that by uniting around a shared vision, we gain access to our internal pool of unlimited potential."

For more information, read here.

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1 comment:

  1. I am very much in support of this effort! In my own small way I am contributing, as I've been swim coaching two blind (Mark Rew) and low vision (Denna Lambert) athletes so I can be their swim angel (guide fish) in open water events.
    There are a growing number of organizations who help people with special needs to participate fully in athletic competitions and adventures, and all of them are very worthy of our support both financially and in giving our time. Here are just a few:

    Challenged Athletes Foundation provids support, opportunities and hope to people with physical challenge so they can pursue active lifestyles through sport. I'm thankful that my friend Denna Lambert received a grant from CAF recently so she could buy a better tandem bike for use with a guide in triathlons.

    Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) began with a group of motivated, volunteer athletes who wanted to use their abilities to support youth living with disabilities in Baltimore City. In 2007, they partnered with the William S. Baer School, to share the thrill of athletic competition with Baer student athletes living with disabilities.

    Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club serves youth, adults and injured service members who have a physical disability such as amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, as well as those with visual impairments or blindness. Dare2tri serves athletes of all ability levels, from beginner to elite. The club is committed to providing adaptive equipment, training opportunities, qualified coaching and support for athletes through access to trained handlers and guides, ensuring that athletes are fully prepared to "dare to tri" and inspire others to do the same.

    C Different Foundation works to create opportunity for visually impaired athletes to participate in athletic events. CDF also seeks out other types of opportunities for our athletes to share their message. We promote total integration — not separateness — for blind and visually impaired athletes for the benefit of society in all countries worldwide.

    The YMCA of Kingston, Ontario is a "community-centred" Canadian charity where members, volunteers, and staff work together to foster the development of spirit, mind, and body of individuals and families. A partnership between former marathon swimmer Vicki Keith and the Kingston Family YMCA resulted in the development of the Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club, a team for children with physical disabilities and their able-bodied siblings. Competitive swimming is an amateur sport that allows swimmers to compete with other swimmers at their own ability level. It is probably the most integrated sport in Canada.

    International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organize the summer and winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for nine sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.
    www.flickr.com/photos/paralympic pinterest.com/paralympics


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