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Certifications 2016

We are very pleased to announce that our NEDS education continues to grow by several volunteer coaches & staff. Please help us congratulate the following coaches & staff members who have obtained PSIA/AASI certifications during the 2015 – 2016 season.

Cognitive and Visual Impairment Level 1

Michael Kneeland

Mono-Bi Adaptive Level 1

Gabi Brait

Emma Callamaro

Dave Campanella

Mark O’Donnell

Aiden O’Laughlin

Vance Perry

Heather Rowell

Patrick Stevenson

Alpine Level 1

Roland Cagnon

Alpine Level 3

Ed Meltzer

Children’s Specialist 1 Certification

Tisha Achorn

Anne Formalarie

Rick Formalarie

Each year NEDS continues to grow their pool of certified coaches, which furthers the education and knowledge brought to lessons at NEDS every day. We thank our coaches for their commitment and desire to improve their skill sets, which make New England Disabled Sports one of the premier adaptive sports programs in the country.

Note to Coaches: If anyone took other parts of exams or educational certifications that the staff has not acknowledged, please let us know. Congratulations to you as well!

We would also like to thank our dedicated and talented NEDS trainers and our friends at Loon Mountain Alpine Ski School for helping out coaches on their journeys to higher accomplishments.

NEDS Bretton Woods Coach Commends Program


I wanted to say thank you very much: your extra attention to detail, your ability to get the most out of your volunteers, your guidance to inspire me to further my professional standing, your happy upbeat personality, your willingness to share your extensive ski teaching knowledge; made this year for me the most memorable and wonderful late fall, winter, and early spring ever for me!

Your friendly, professional approach to each and every situation is simply perfect!!!

Not only did these qualities benefit me, they where recognized by the clients, volunteers and the general staff at the mountain.

You really are an asset to this organization.

I also what to thank you Ryan. My great experience would not have happened without all your extra hard work and dedication.

Ryan, you and Nicole have brought accountability to the NEDS program. You both should be extremely proud of what you have accomplished in such a short time.

I have over forty years of experience in running (and teaching) recreational swim programs and it has been a privilege working for you both. My training in this field was through nationally recognized pioneers in the field of aquatics and camp management (including the Boy Scouts of America).


I wish to return to Bretton woods next year…Body willing.

And, yes to helping out with the summer programs, but you got to get dates etc. so that my planned canoe trip will fit in.

Thank you very much Nicole
Thank you very much Ryan


Vincent Adamoyurka

2015 Winter Challenge Dinner

Pakistani girl who lost leg in earthquake competes in ski racing

Original Article and Video at WMUR


LINCOLN, N.H. —From the rubble of a Pakistani school room to the slopes of Loon Mountain, Insha Afsar has come a long way.

The 14-year-old lost one leg when a massive earthquake destroyed her school and devastated her nation.

Now, with only one leg, she was tearing down the giant slalom course, while  competing in the U.S. Paralympic Alpine National Championships, Wednesday at Loon Mountain.

She said she is loving her new life in America, which includes a new talent as a ski racer.

Insha is competing with more than 40 athletes from across in the alpine championship. It will be wrapping up Thursday with slalom competition, which she prefers to giant slalom.

She now attends Berkshire Academy in Massachusetts and is an athlete sponsored by the Loon-based New England Disabled Sports.

Jessica Harney, a member of the board at NEDS and a volunteer at the event said things have gone very smoothly  with athletes here from all over the world.

For Loon and NEDS to be hosting the event “is huge.”

Athletes have either lost limbs or suffered spinal cord injuries and some are visually impaired.

Harney noted some are veterans of the armed services.

While the age range of the athletes is pretty broad, the youngest competitor is Owen Anketell.

The 14-year-old Hudson, Massachusetts boy was also competing Wednesday.

He went from a disappointing first run finish on a mono-ski, to shaving his time by eight seconds on the second run, because he swapped out a ski.

Owen is also a NEDS athlete.

The slalom will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Governor Adams Lodge.

Loon Mountain to host U.S. Paralympic championships

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Fourteen-year old Owen Anketell will be competing in his first Paralympics National Championships representing Loon Mountain on March 26. (Courtesy/Jeb Wallace-Brodeur)

Fourteen-year old Owen Anketell will be competing in his first Paralympics National Championships representing Loon Mountain on March 26. (Courtesy/Jeb Wallace-Brodeur)

LINCOLN — Loon Mountain Resort and New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) will host the U.S. Paralympic Alpine National Championships starting Sunday.

Top racers from across the United States will get in the start gate for four days of high-level competition and some New Hampshire favorites will compete at Loon.

The U.S. Paralympic ski team includes Franconia’s Tyler Walker who finished first in three World Cup disciplines. Gold medal winner Chris Devlin-Young from Campton has represented the U.S. as a paralympian since 1989.

Paralympian Laurie Stephens from Wenham, Mass., won two bronze medals at Sochi and finished second overall in the women’s sitting World Cup standings last season and is expected to compete at Loon.

The Paralympic events at Loon will also be an opportunity for newcomers to compete and progress up the pipeline such as 14-year-old Owen Anketell who trains with the NEDS Race Team at Loon.

“My goal is to be on the U.S. National team. I’m pretty fast,” said Anketell.

Anketell from Hudson, Mass., will compete in giant slalom.

Anketell has heredity spastic paraplegia and has been in the adaptive program at Loon since age 3 and racing since 7. Continue reading

New England Disabled Sports hires OT Students for internship

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By Cole Caviston, Staff Writer

Since Jan. 4, the Department of Occupational Therapy has worked with the New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) on a 12-week fieldwork student internship to help those with disabilities enjoy downhill slope sports.

The five student interns in the NEDS program earned their undergraduate degree from University of New Hampshire in spring of 2014 and will graduate from the master’s program this December.

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New England Disabled Sports and Loon Mountain Resort to Host 2015 US Paralympic Alpine Championships

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Loon Mountain
Press Release

Lincoln, NH  — New England Disabled Sports and Loon Mountain Resort are honored to be hosting the 2015 US Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Championships and International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing North America Races for the Slalom and Giant Slalom events. Top racers from all over the United States will congregate at Loon from March 22nd though March 26th for four days of Paralympic-caliber alpine racing. Continue reading