2015 Paddle and Portage Triumph

The 36th annual Paddle and Portage took place in Madison, WI this past weekend, where competitive canoers, kayakers, and stand up paddle boarders unite for a day of fun and racing. The race began at 9am with the first wave, while the rest of the waves followed shortly after one another.

The Paddle and Portage starts at James Madison Park on the shore of Lake Mendota where paddlers race a 1.5 mile loop, jump out and portage their boats less than a mile across the isthmus to Lake Monona, to paddle the final 1.5 miles across to Olin Park.

CXC Adaptive Master Skier Jane Schmieding and Guide Leslie Jackson completing first course of Paddle and Portage

CXC Adaptive Master Skier Jane Schmieding and Guide Leslie Jackson completing first course of Paddle and Portage

Jane Schmieding, a CXC Adaptive Master Skier participated in the Paddle and Portage by using an adaptive paddleboard. With help from Leslie Jackson of Serena Paddlesports and Kevin Carr of Creating Ability who developed the adaptive paddleboard, Jane was the first person to use an adaptive paddleboard in the Paddle and Portage race.

CXC Adaptive Coach Martin Donegan portaging the paddle board

CXC Adaptive Coach Martin Donegan portaging Jane’s paddle board

With a modified starting circuit from James Madison Park on Lake Mendota, and help from volunteers and race supporters during the portage, Jane proudly paddled her way through the Paddle and Portage race proving what can be done as an adaptive athlete.

IMG_4217 Paddle and Portage

For more information regarding the adaptive paddle board, contact Leslie Jackson at lpjax72@gmail.com or (760)-419-3489.

For more information regarding the CXC Adaptive Nordic Ski Program, contact our Para Nordic Coach Martin Donegan at martin.donegan@cxcskiing.org.

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