ROBERT LOWE It is with sadness that I share the death of our Robert Lowe. He began swimming with us last year, and had improved so much. He had a goal to swim 70 lengths of the pool in honor of his 70th year. I am sorry he was not able to realize that goal. He was a vibrant part of our swim sessions, and at AquAbility 4th of July parade, Robert helped decorate the float and had his parade wave down pat. I will miss him at practice. He was always funny and witty, and tried his hardest, despite his health challenges this past year. Here’s to you, Robert! We appreciated you completely and will miss you always. ~Coach Karen
Dan Knossen, Omar Bermejo, and Kevin Burton are all going to Sochi, and have all swum with AquAbility for cross-training. Please cheer them on and watch the Paralympic events on television. Here is a video about Biathlon…
Link to Sochi Paralympic Sport Schedule on television: CLICK TO VISIT
Sacchika, Gisele and Asher playing around after swim practice.
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Thank you for supporting AquAbility’s adapted swimming programs!
Please check out this new YouTube video just released. Heartfelt thanks to Steve Ferguson for all of his time filming and editing for this short film about AquAbility. You rock, Steve!
Please share this video to help AquAbility reach more people who can benefit from our program.
Check out this link to a video of AquAbility swimmer Nick Kontaxis.
AquAbility began a swim program for 38 students at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind in Gooding, Idaho at the beginning of the school year. Every Wednesday, Karen Morrison brings 7 volunteers with her to work with the students in the water. The progress in 8 weeks is phenomenal!
Here is what parents and teachers are saying:
AquAbility has been a wonderful opportunity for our daughter Hallie (8). She is blind and has Cerebral Palsy. Hallie has always loved to be in the water with us when we swim as a family, but I was never confident enough or knew how to safely get her to go underwater and begin to increase her skills. On the first day of AquAbility I saw pictures of her underwater! There are few activities that Hallie can participate in. Horseback riding has always been a favorite, but now, being able to show off her new skills in the pool is on the top of the list! We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity.”
~Marni Porath, Mother of ISDB student.
“As a teacher, I can’t say enough positive things about AquAbility and the program they offer to my students. The skills that my kiddos are developing are evident week to week in the water, and I can also see transfer of those skills into the classroom. It is so nice to have a program that equally involves the students with disabilities, who sometimes only get to watch from the sidelines in activities their peers might be doing.”
~Jodie Hamilton, ISDB teacher.
Check out this video that was aired on April 30, 2013 on Idaho Public Television.
AquAbility shots are in the last third of the video, featuring AquAbility staff working with a Higher Ground Veteran Camp at a nearby alpine lake. Karen Morrison has a few interview chats and a water teaching segment.
Come and swim to help raise funds so AquAbility can continue to provide quality swim instruction for adults, youth and veterans with disabilities!
Collect donations and swim in the June 30 Swim 4 AquAbility at Zenergy Health Club.
Swimmers in 2012 Swim 4 AquAbility
Broadside Harbor Open Water Swims