MOUNT SNOW, VT-- The five-member AbilityPLUS Special Olympics Alpine Race Team wrapped up its 2011-12 season with four medals, including two golds, and seven additional top five finishes in the season’s race series finale at Suicide Six in Woodstock, VT.
Rachel Hurn raced to Gold in the Novice Giant Slalom and Silvers in the Novice Slalom and Giant Slalom. She was joined on top of the podium by Nicholas Saladino, who took Gold in the Intermediate Slalom. Lauren Strol placed fourth in the Novice Slalom and fifth in the Novice Giant Slalom and Super G. Emy Shah won fourth in the Intermediate Giant Slalom and fifth in the Intermediate Super G and Thomas Jelly finished fourth in the Advanced Super G and fifth in the Advanced Giant Slalom. “This was a remarkable finish to a really good season for our athletes,” commented AbilityPLUS Alpine Race Team Coach, Corey Robinson.
“All of the Special Olympics competitors from the AbilityPLUS team worked hard all year and the result was success for every member of the team,” said AbilityPLUS Executive Director of Programs AbilityPLUS, “I couldn’t be prouder of the dedication and effort of the entire group.”
The Special Olympics, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization provides training and competitions for 3.7 million athletes in 170 countries. The next Special Olympics Winter World Games will be held January 26-February 6, 2013 in Pyeonghang, South Korea.
The Special Olympics movement unlocks the joy of sport to inspire people throughout the world to open their minds to human giftedness, to accept, include and value people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of life, and thereby unite people in a shared belief of a more just and welcoming world.
AbilityPLUS is in its 15th year of enriching the lives of program participants, their families, friends and a growing community of venues and volunteers who work to provide adaptive sports and recreation for individuals with all manner of intellectual and physical disabilities, from people with autism across the spectrum to people with severe physical impairments.
In addition to its alpine race team, whose athletes participate in Paralympics and Special Olympics, AbilityPLUS offers its Solders For Soldiers program, an adaptive sports mentoring program that serves veterans of the armed forces with various injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other emotional scars.
AbilityPLUS has program locations at Mount Snow, VT, and Mount Washington Valley, NHAtttitash, as well as summer program installations throughout New England. For more information about AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports, visit http://www.abilityplus.org.