Adaptive water sports program helps athletes water ski, wakeboard


>>>WELCOME BACK, IT’S LIKE FLOATING IN THE AIR, THAT’S HOW ONE VETERAN WAKE BORDER DESCRIBED HIS SPORT, THOUGH HE DOESN’T HAVE TO USE HIS LEGS. SHANNON OGDEN INTRODUCES US TO A LOCAL WATER SKIING PROGRAM THAT KNOWS NO PHYSICAL BOUNDS.>>ARE YOU READY FOR THIS.>>YES, I AM.>>ISAAC NEF SAYS HE’S BEEN WAITING TOO LONG TO GET BACK TO HIS FAVORITE SUMMER SPORT. WAKE BOARDIN. ISAAC WAS BORN WITH SPINA BIFIDA, AND SAYS IF IT WASN’T FOR ADAPTIVE SPORTS, HE WOULD LIKELY BE CONFINED TO HIS WHEELCHAIR.>>THERE ARE SOME STRUGGLES. BUT IT’S NOT AS HARD AS PEOPLE THINK.>>Reporter: ADDENDUM BUTLER STRAPPED ON A GO PROTOTAKE US ALONG — GO PRO TO TAKE US ALONG FOR A RIDE.>>AS SOON AS YOU GET ON THE WATER, YOU FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE.>>Reporter: FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE UNTIL THAT INEVITABLE CRASH. DEVIN WAS PARALYZED FROM THE CHEST DOWN AT AGE 15.>>HIT IT.>>HE BECAME INVOLVED WITH DENVER PARKS AND RECREATION’S ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAM A FEW YEARS AGO.>>OVER THAT TIME, I HAVE WATCHED DISABLED CHILDREN GET UP AND START WAKE BOARDING AND WATER SKIING AND IT’S TRULY AMAZING.>>ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR IS WE CAN GET PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR WHEELCHAIRS, OUT OF THEIR WALKERS, MAKE ALL THE ADAPTATIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE WATER AND GIVE THEM THAT FREEDOM.>>MELISSA ROOT IS A RECREATIONAL THERAPIST WITH DENVER PARKS AND REC.>>TO GO OUT AND BE ON THE WATER AND NOT BE RESTRICTED WHATSOEVER, HAS BEEN PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST RESULTS THAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE PROGRAM.>>A PROGRAM THAT FOR THESE ATHLETES SERVES A VERY IMPORTANT PURPOSE.

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