Challenged Athletes Foundation

BOISE - The Idaho chapter of the Challenged Athletes Foundation is scheduled to host a Nordic skiing and biathlon clinic for adaptive athletes, coming up on January 18-19 at Tamarack Resort, Tamarack, Idaho.

Nearly 30 adaptive athletes as young as 6 years old will receive world-class training from Paralympians and Olympic biathlon and skiing coaches including BethAnn Chamberlain, U.S. Paralympic Nordic development coach; Greg Mallory, Kristina Sabasteanski, Sean Halstead and “One-Arm” Willie Stewart, Paralympians; Eric Reynolds, Olympian; Marc Mast, elite Nordic coach and designer of adaptive Nordic equipment; and Wilson Dippo, Bogus Basin Nordic skiing and adaptive Nordic coach. Kevin Holtry, a Boise Police Department officer injured in the line of duty in 2016 will also be in attendance.

“There are nearly 200,000 Idahoans living with disabilities,” said Jennifer Skeesick, CAF-Idaho Regional Director. “These clinics provide an opportunity to strengthen the existing adaptive sports community in Idaho and empower individuals with permanent physical challenges through sport.”

Most medical insurance does not cover adaptive sports equipment, making the cost of equipment an obstacle for those with physical disabilities. By partnering with an accessible resort that can provide ski in/ski out access, and by making adaptive equipment readily available, CAF ensures clinic attendees can focus solely on acquiring new skills, increasing self-esteem and enhancing their quality of life.

“Tamarack is grateful to be the host of the CAF Biathalon and Nordic Skiing Clinic,” said Tamarack General Manager Brad Larsen. “We are lucky to be able to witness these amazing athletes as they take on new challenges. These kinds of extraordinary events show that being serious about accessibility in recreation benefits everyone.”

Future scheduled clinics include a sledge hockey clinic in Boise on February 8, and a sledge hockey and standup/wheelchair curling clinic in Hailey, on March 6-7.