Disabled People And Snow Skiing


It has always been said that where there is a will, there is a way. Nothing is impossible if we make up our mind. It is possible for human beings to achieve anything, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. History is replete with sagas of bravery and great achievements. Sometimes it takes difficult and even trying circumstances to bring the best out of people.

Disabled people are no exception. The disabled have been able to contribute to society in spite of conditions that limit their mobility, reading abilities, vision or hearing. The examples of Christopher Reeves, Helen Keller, George Washington and Braham Lincoln inspire us with confidence in the nature of the human spirit.

There is no limit to what the disabled people can achieve. Disabled people are increasingly taking to sports and athletics. One of the sports that disabled people participate in is skiing.

Specialized ski equipment, meant for use by the disabled has given hundreds of disabled an opportunity to enjoy the exhilarating experience of skiing. These people suffer from disabilities as wide ranging as physical and auditory impairments, cognitive disabilities and cerebral palsy. Equipment such as the sit-ski, bi-ski and mono-ski help people with different types of disabilities to take part in skiing.

Skiing is one example of a disabled person truly overcoming the odds and achieving the impossible.

One of the truly awe-inspiring examples is of Jean Thomas who at the age of 5 began skiing in the Alps. He became a paraplegic after suffering from an accident when he learnt to ski freestyle. In spite of his condition, this individual persisted and was able to ski again in 1996. He went on to take part in the 2000 World Skiing Championship in Switzerland.

People like Jean Thomas are role models and idols for disabled.