Rollin’ with Gilbo

The deadline for getting on the Chapter NVWG Team is coming up fast. Please if you are planning to attend you must contact the Chapter and make sure we are aware. You can contact us by email at sports@newenglandpva.org or calling the office to inform the Executive Director. Remember as I wrote last month our deadline is March 2 and not April 2 if you want funding assistance from the Chapter. In addition to the online registration the paperwork you need to provide is available at https://www.wheelchairgames.org/athletes/registration/ right below the blue REGISTER NOW button. This year many of the forms we have filled out at Registration Day are now some of the paperwork which needs to be submitted along with General Medical and Physical form so there’s now 9 pages to mail in. You need to send your Confirmation email saying your application is complete to sports@newenglandpva.org to let us know you have successfully registered.

Also remember the Golden Age Games are also being held in Madison, WI June 21-26 so those interested need visit https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/national-veterans-golden-age-games/ and make sure you get registered and again inform the Chapter as above for the NVWG. So far they are still planning on holding them so we can wait and hope they do happen. Sadly the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. As people start to get the vaccine and state rules allow for gatherings hopefully no more of the wonderful Recreation Events held annually will be cancelled. All we can do is wait and see; we are planning for these events to happen until notified differently. 

There are still plenty of virtual opportunities and some in person activities being held which you can find checking the Chapter website as we try to post all the activities that we become aware of. For the skiers out there NEHSA is still giving lessons so even though we had to cancel our 2021 Winter Sports Clinic you can still go up and ski at Mount Sunapee with NEHSA, just contact them. You can find the COVID precautions they are taking by checking their website http://www.nehsa.org In addition to NEHSA some other programs at different resorts are also still not totally closed down; however, each program has different requirements and one needs to contact that program to find out whether you could get out on the slopes with them. The other programs I’ve skied with that are still options for you to hit the slopes are VASS (Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports) http://www.vermontadaptive.org at Pico Mountain, Sugarbush Resort  and Bolton Valley. LRDS (Lakes Region Disabled Sports) at Gunstock Mountain in NH. NEDS (New England Disabled Sports) https://nedisabledsports.org at Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods. Maine Adaptive at Sunday River and Sugarloaf HTTP://maineadaptive.org is currently only doing standing skiers but are trying to phase into sit skiing when possible. You can contact these programs and hopefully hit the slopes at those mountains if they are closer to you and you are able to meet the requirements for that program. I believe Gaylord Sports in CT which is doing a virtual Sled Hockey Discovery Night via Zoom February 17 6:00-7:30 PM and may also be offering some skiing opportunities so keep an eye on their website for info on opportunities they provide in case we don’t get them posted on our Chapter calendar which we try to do when possible, their website for events is https://www.gaylord.org/community-sports-assoc . Each program’s requirements are a bit different and changing often with the phases in the state. I know I love Sunday River and Bretton Woods and they have snow later in the season as it melts away in some other resorts, so I hope to see Sunday River phase in the sit skiing before the seasons end. Stay safe and be well my fellow members.

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