Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra athletes, coaches and volunteers participate in DSES’s first Paralympic Sport Camp of the winter season. Photo/Submitted
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra hosted its first Paralympic Sport Camp of the winter season on Jan. 6, 7, and 8. The event attracted 11 athletes with physical and/or visual disabilities who developed and improved their cross-country skiing and racing skills.
The diverse group included seven athletes who skied in sit-down equipment and four athletes who skied standing.
Multi-Paralympic medalist, Candace Cable, from Truckee, Calif., and former USSA Head Nordic Ski Coach Jon Kreamelmeyer, from Colorado, participated and helped coach the Mammoth athletes.
“We had a blast on the excellent groomed track toward Minaret Vista maintained by the staff of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area with Ueli Luethi’s expertise,” wrote Paralympic Sport Program Coordinator Maggie Palchak in an email. “Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated core of Nordic Skiing volunteer instructors and our fabulous coaches. All of our athletes showed tremendous improvement throughout this sunny weekend of Nordic Skiing and are committed to chasing excellence in this Paralympic Sport.”
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to offering year-round athletic opportunities to people of all ages with disabilities.
In 2009, members created the Paralympic Sport Club with an additional mission to raise awareness of and introduce new athletes to Paralympic Sports.
For more information regarding Paralympic Sports with DSES, call Palchak at (760) 934-0791.