The WWSA recently announced their possession of two brand new skis designed especially for their members. The snow sport equipment, which allows people who use a mobility device to enjoy the snow and go skiing, excites the entire WWSA since it has been a long-time desire to acquire them.
The sit skis are built for wheelchair users or for people with lower extremity disabilities and limitations. Outdoor enthusiasts with paraplegia, cerebral palsy, lower extremity amputation, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries or brain injuries can use the sit ski to access ski slopes and the alpine environment.
Joseph Sask, Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association’s administrative committee representative, stated that they were able to buy the special skis through the help of two non-profit organizations. Both organizations gave WWSA grants enough to acquire two pieces of the snow equipment. Sask added that he arranged the buying of the ski.
Sask sustained a severe back injury after a vehicular accident a couple of decades ago and has been using a wheelchair since. Before the accident, Sask revealed that he had a four-day skiing experience at Jasper National Park which he enjoyed so much. So when he was told he is paralyzed from the waist down, he was devastated, thinking he could never go skiing ever again.
When the sit skis arrived, Sask expressed his delight and excitement. He said that his interest and desire for skiing has at long last been fueled after a long time.
Sask tried the Hands on Concepts (HOC) bi-ski which was obtained through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Swan City. The service organization has been donating funds and giving grants to various international charitable institutions.
The other sit ski, a Bi-Unique Bi-Ski, was acquired through the MDRT Foundation‘s (Million Dollar Round Table) $3,000 plus grant. The foundation is an independent, global association of more than 40,000 financial services and life insurance agents and professionals from nearly 500 companies in 71 nations. MRDT Foundation was established in 1959 and has already granted more than $20 million to charitable institutions and service organizations serving clients in almost 70 countries and all the 50 states in the US.
Sask explained that the first sit ski needs to be tied behind someone in order to take the sit skier down the slope or hill. This type of ski is sort of a trainer since there is another person helping navigate the ski.
The other sit ski, according to Sask, is somewhat individualized. This means that the person can go skiing without the assistance from another individual in navigating the ski slopes or hills.
The WWSA member further stated that these sit skis enable individuals with lower physical injuries or disabilities to go skiing safely and in a more managed and directed environment. He also said that using the sit skis does not demand great effort so there is no need for first timers or newbies to get worried or afraid.
WWSA will be adding the sit skis into their program. And the moment the program flourishes, they will purchase more of this sports equipment.