Kayaking is a Great Equalizer

When some people hear the word “kayaking” they think about daredevils plunging over humungous waterfalls or three-week expeditions in the Aleutian Islands. In reality, kayaking is what you make of it. You can go for a leisurely paddle in a small lake or you can take on “big” water, and everything between. That’s why it’s so fulfilling to share my interest in kayaking with others as a kayak instructor, especially when I get the opportunity to help people with disabilities discover kayaking. One of those opportunities will happen this Saturday July 25, 2015 at the second annual Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo in West Allis, WI. Our local chapter of Team River Runner will be in the Nathan Hale High School indoor pool with our special adaptive kayaks. We configure this gear for people of various physical abilities, including back and torso support, special grips for the paddles, and outrigger flotation to add balance support. More than 30 organizations with adaptive sports and recreation opportunities will showcase their programs for adults and children at the event this Saturday, and it’s all free. If you have a physical disability or you know or care for someone who does, consider registering for this potentially life-changing event.

A scene from last year's Adaptive Sports Expo in West Allis, WI

A scene from last year’s Adaptive Sports Expo in West Allis, WI

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