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Omar Bermejo

Jan 24

AquAbility Congratulates Omar Bermejo on his Biathlon Races at Paralympic World Cup

AquAbility sends a hearty congratulations to Omar Bermejo for his great races at the Paralympic World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin.

Omar swims regularly with AquAbility for cross-training when he is at home in Sun Valley, Idaho.  We look forward to seeing him race January 31 for another National Paralympic Biathlon/Nordic skiing race event.

 

Women Veterans, Volunteers and Karen

Jan 24

AquAbility and Higher Ground Collaborate for Women Veterans

AquAbility provided a swim clinic for 7 women Veterans who were in Sun Valley for a camp with the Higher Ground Veteran Program.  

AquAbility provided a swim clinic at Zenergy Health Club which went over swimmingly!  Local Zen Master swimmers volunteered in the pool to help make this event wonderful for all involved!

Thanks to Zenergy for sponsoring AquAbility and to the volunteers for this Women Veteran Clinic:    Amy Anderson, Deb Erickson, Pam Ebertz, Eiron Schofield, Tami Kammer, Jeannie Kiel, Heidi Watanabe.

Jan 24

Boise State University AquAbility Veteran Program Making Waves

AquAbility offers swim clinics for Veterans and adults with disabilities every 3-4 weekends at Boise State University.  The Veteran program is growing!  

Here is a collection of videos showing the swimming progress of some of our Boise participants who have become ardent AquAbility participants.

Sep 07

Update and Video of Nicky at home in California

Here is a video you might like. We have been in the pool everyday and his swimming is getting so much more meaningful to nick. He loves diving for sticks and he has now independently started swimming freestyle on his own! He loves the water and it wouldn’t have improved without your Work and compassionate to teach. Thank you,

Jennifer, Nicky and family.

Check out this Video on the link below!

Nicky Swimming, Sept 2012

Aug 08

Boise State University: New AquAbility Veteran’s Program

AquAbility has begun Swim Clinics at Boise State University Recreation Center for Veterans & Adults with Disabilities.  Clinics are held every 3-4 weeks with swim sessions on Saturday and Sunday for each clinic.  Please call Karen @ 208-928-6558 to sign up or for more information.

Upcoming dates for Swim Clinics:

August 11-12

September 8-9

October 6-7

October 27-28

November 24-25

December 15-16

See some photos below from our first clinic.

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Jul 10

Promotional Photoshoot Jul 9, 2012

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Jun 22

AquAbility named Paralympic Sport Club

Nine states add Paralympic Sport Clubs U.S. Paralympics is proud to welcome 12 new Paralympic Sport Clubs in nine states. The newest clubs: Paralympic Sport South New England in Wallingford, Conn.; Paralympic Sport Texas Hill Country in San Marcos, Texas; Paralympic Sport Club Clarksville in Clarksville, Tenn.; Paralympic Sport Club Southeastern Massachusetts in Cape Cod, Mass.; Paralympic Sport Louisville in Louisville, Ky.; Paralympic Sport Boise in Boise, Idaho;Paralympic Sport West Virginia in Charleston, W.Va.; Paralympic Sport New Britain in New Britain, Conn.; Paralympic Sport Northwest Chicago in Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Paralympic Sport Sun Valley-Ketchum in Ketchum, Idaho; Paralympic Sport Dallas in Dallas, Texas; and Paralympic Sport Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Okla. For more on Paralympic Sport Clubs, visit findaclub.USParalympics.org.

May 18

Swim 4 AquAbility Community Fundraiser Event. June 9-10, 2012

This is a fundraiser event the whole community can take part in. Adults and children who can swim are encouraged to get pledges and come out and swim lengths at the Zenergy outdoor pool on June 9 or 10, to raise money to help AquAbility continue to provide swimming for physically challenged individuals and injured veterans in our community and all of Idaho.

Download the event flyer and pledge form on the link below.

Please call Karen Morrison if you have any questions.  208-720-6362

Swim 4 AquAbility Flyer

Swim 4 Aquability Pledge Form

Pledge Letter Sample

Leonard and Precious enjoy tubing

Oct 14

AquAbility assists with Higher Ground Water Sports Camp

AquAbility assists at the Higher Ground Water Sports Camp for injured veterans, August 6-13, 2011.

Karen worked with 7 veterans and their spouses on the waterfront for a wonderful week at Lake Petit.  The veterans enjoyed a week in the beautiful Idaho wilderness in this week organized and run by Higher Ground.  AquAbility is happy to be part of this therapeutic recreation program helping the wounded veterans and their wives participate in and accomplish skills in a myriad of water sports including swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, tubing, wakeboarding, canoeing, and a team water sport challenge at the end of the week.

“Spending an entire week with the veterans was such a rewarding experience.  I was grateful to be able to help these veterans with physical and psychological injuries not only overcome their fears, but to find success and a feeling of accomplishment.  My heart was touched deeply over the course of the week; frowns turned to smiles as these veterans challenged themselves, made friends, opened up, and shared through laughter and tears.  Water is healing, and allows a venue in which these veterans can face the difficulties they have returning to life after being injured serving our country. Swimming is a great stress reducer and affords gravity free exercise for challenged bodies.  I’m happy I can help people with challenges find a way to be healthier and reduce stress in their lives through swimming.”   ◆ Karen Morrison

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Karen teaching Women's Veterans Swim Clinic

Oct 13

AquAbility Swim Clinic for Higher Ground Women Veterans

AquAbility Swim Clinic held at Zenergy Health Club on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

AquAbility director Karen Morrison taught a clinic in collaboration with Higher Ground and assisted by volunteers, Michael, Deb, Heidi, Cal, Alex, Don and Cameron.  The 6 women veterans began the clinic with trepidation, and by the end of the hour they had all surpassed their individual expectations.  Karen brought them through successive drills and exercises for freestyle and backstroke and by the end of the clinic, the swimmers looked great and the pool was filled with smiles and cheering.

These veterans can take these skills and a newfound comfort level in the water home with them. They all indicated a desire to go home and find a group to swim with.  AquAbility has given them a way to find health, fitness, stress relief, and social camaraderie through swimming despite their personal physical challenges.

Check out more pictures from the clinic.

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