Disability Pride at the July Adaptive Camp

CXC’s Adaptive Camps are fun and include a wide variety of people and abilities. This past camp July 24 – 26 was focused on improving performance through sports science. CXC Sports Technologist Duncan Bathe, has perfected the development and use of Power Poles implemented at CXC. Power Poles calculate many variables that are useful to Nordic skiers such as poles per minuet and complex poles force area. With the use of power poles has helped to perfect athlete’s technique through the data power poles display.

CXC Adaptive Athletes Brenden Ojibway and Kendal Gretsch, who use sit skis, rely solely on their double pole for competition. Making their polling technique as efficient as possible can make or break a race.

Duncan Bathe fits Kendall with the Power Poles.

Duncan Bathe fits Kendall with the Power Poles.

Brenden’s results show poles per minute and force applied for polling area.

Brenden’s results show poles per minute and force applied for polling area.

CXC Adaptive Athlete, Mia Zutter, has been working hard with the Visually Impaired Biathlon Rifle. Using drills from U.S. Biathlon Paralympic Development Coach BethAnn Chamberlain, while practicing at the CXC Center of Excellence; and at home, Mia hopes to drop her firing time, and increase hit scores. As a visually impaired athlete, one of the major difficulties is raising the rifle into the firing position to take the first shot on target. The less time an athlete spends searching for the hit area of the first shot, the quicker the set. Once the first hit area is found, there are four consecutive hits after, directly and equally spaced to the right.

Mia goes head to head in competition with her father, using the Visually Impaired (V.I.) Audio Rifle.

Mia goes head to head in competition with her father, using the Visually Impaired (V.I.) Audio Rifle.

Disability Pride Festival at Brittingham Park

The same weekend as the CXC’s Adaptive Camp, CXC showcased possibilities for people with disabilities to participate in Nordic skiing during the Disability Pride Festival at Brittingham Park in Madison, WI. The sun was out, the weather was nice, and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue. We had a SkiErg available for participants to use along with information on how to become an active skier and opened the door for new possibilities for many kids and adults. Kids who were active in wheelchair basketball and other adaptive sports tried the 500-meter challenge on the SkiErg.

Below a wheelchair basketball athletes give it his all to break his teammates time for the 500-meter while friends and family cheer him on.

Below a wheelchair basketball athletes give it his all to break his teammates time for the 500-meter while, friends and family cheer him on.


Martin-Donegan

Martin Donegan, CXC Para Nordic Coach

For further Information or details on the Adaptive Program or Adaptive Camps please feel free to contact Martin Donegan by email at martin.donegan@cxcskiing.org or 610.217.8836.

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