Adaptive Sports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                Contact: Linda Walsh
JULY 13, 2012                                                                lwalsh@abilityplus.org

 

 

Enfield Adaptive Ski Racer Andrew Haraghey Takes Giant Step Toward US Adaptive Ski Team and 2014Paralympics

MOUNT HOOD, OR  July 13, 2012 --  Adaptive ski racer Andrew Haraghey has taken another giant step toward achieving his goal of competing in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi Russia. The 16-year-old is participating in the preeminent race camp for Olympic and Paralympics hopefuls at the US Ski Association’s Skills Quest on Mount Hood.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and I’m so grateful for the generosity of my hometown businesses,

Mount Hood Andrew Haraghey

friends, and supporters who responded to my family’s fundraising efforts to make this important week possible,” said Andrew, a sophomore at Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, CT. “I’m surrounded by the best coaches and ski technicians in the country and will soak up every single moment.”

Andrew is an adaptive ski racer with the AbilityPLUS program at Mount Snow, VT, where this past winter he launched a season of gold medal victories at races throughout the northeast. He won first-place in his class overall, competing against racers from across the region. His disability is cerebral palsy.

“He competed against the best adaptive racers in his class all season and brought home the gold week in and week out,” said Corey Robinson, Andrew’s coach with the AbilityPLUS Alpine Race Team. “The opportunity to attend Skills Quest is a significant step for Andrew, he’ll learn skills he’ll need to compete at the national and international level.”

Andrew and his family spent the past year raising the funds necessary for Andrew to attend the weeklong camp at Mount Hood and “have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support Andrew has received,” said his mother Sheryl. “Andrew has been so focused on making the 2014 Paralympics team and through the dollars donated by local businesses and individuals, he’s taken an important step toward reaching that goal.”

The Skills Quest skiing assessment is a program developed by coaches and staff of the US Ski Team and US Ski Association to help prepare athletes for competition at the highest levels. The camp challenges competitors with race training on the glacial Mt. Hood, off-snow hiking, bicycling and strength training.

Detailed information about Andrew and his quest for the 2014 Paralympics Team, his Mt Hood training, fundraising, and what’s next on his journey at www.andrewraces.com.

 

 

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