DOVER- Andrew Haraghey, a member of the AbilityPLUS Mount Snow Alpine Race Team, won gold Sunday, March 18, at Mount Sunapee, NH, in the final race of the 2011-12 Diana Golden Race Series, his fifth gold medal this season. Haraghey also captured honors as the best racer in his class overall for the 2011-12 season, culminating with the title on the race course at Mount Sunapee. Haraghey, 16, is working toward a spot on the 2014 US Paralympic Race Team.
“Andrew competed against the best adaptive racers in his class all season long and brought home the gold week in and week out, regardless of the mountain or the conditions,” said AbilityPLUS alpine race team coach Corey Robinson. “His dedication to improving his skills and his commitment to conditioning and technique make him a great competitor. And Andrew is as remarkable a young man off the hill as he is a competitor on the hill. He has an incredibly bright future as a Paralympic racer.”
Haraghey is a sophomore at Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, CT, and trains with the AbilityPLUS race team at Mount Snow. Haraghey has cerebral palsy. His twin victories on Sunday were celebrated with his mother and father, Sheryl and Richard, and his brother Ryan, an avid snowboarder. The entire family volunteers with the program.
“I love skiing because it really gives me a sense of freedom,” Haraghey said in a pre-race interview. “I have difficulty walking and can’t keep up with my friends, but when I’m skiing they can’t keep up with me! I’m really grateful to my family for helping me work toward my goal of making the Paralympic Team, and to my AbilityPLUS race coach Robinson for pushing me so I am always improving.”
Haraghey’s summer training was disrupted this year for him to undergo surgery at the Shriners Hospital in Springfield, MA , that involved breaking and reshaping of bones in his foot in an alignment to increase his limited mobility. Through a rigorous physical therapy regimen, he was able to get back to skiing in time to train for this season’s racing schedule.
AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports provides athletic and recreational programs year round from its facilities in Vermont at Mount Snow, and in New Hampshire at Attitash Resort and Wildcat Mountain, with affiliate programs and events throughout New England. For more information about AbilityPLUS programs, volunteering, and sponsorship opportunities visit www.abilityPLUS.org or call (800) 287-8415.
For more information about Haraghey’s quest to make the US Paralympic team and participate in the 2014 Paralyimpics in Russia visit www.andrewraces.com.