Monday, August 9, 2010

Hitting the Slopes

Sean and Erin took a trip at the beginning of April 2010 to Snowmass, Colorado for the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Sean and Erin
Team Headwall
Ready to ski
There they had the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snowmobile, and scuba dive! The weather was beautiful with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
Scuba Diving
They both loved learning to play goalball.  Goalball is a team sport designed for blind athletes.  Players compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal.  They use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball.  Blindfolds are used for sighted players or those with partial sight.

Erin had the opportunity to meet other disabled veterans and family members.  She found it reassuring that her dad isn't the only one, and learned a lot about the resilience of wounded warriors. 

For Sean, it was another chance to push his limits, try new things, and help him discover that his disabilities do not define him. 

There were several olympic and paralympic athletes in attendance including Andy Finch, Bode Miller, Casey Puckett, Chris Klug, and Gretchen Bleiler.

Erin and Chris Klug
Andy Finch with Erin
Sean, Bode Miller and Casey Puckett

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