Certifications 2017

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 2016 – 2017 season.

VI/DD Adaptive Level 1

Jenny Quinn
Kirsten Prue
Sarah Sherman
Hannah Koch

Mono-Bi Adaptive Level 1

Mike Flynn
Owen Anketell

Children’s Specialist 1 Certification

Hal Sandstrom

Snowboard Adaptive Level 2

Lauren Yelinek

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.

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.

Pakistani girl who lost leg in earthquake competes in ski racing

Original Article and Video at WMUR

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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

View original article at NewHampshire.com.

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

View the original article at The New Hampshire

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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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

Out of the Clinic, Out of the Box UNH interns gain occupational therapy skills on the slopes

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As part of her training to become a practicing occupational therapist, Risa LaPera ’14, ’15G talks to her client Dan, a retiree with vision loss due to glaucoma, through a radio headset. “You still got me? Want me to go faster? A little ice ahead, coming to a crest.”

If LaPera’s banter sounds decidedly un-clinical, it’s because both she and her client are on skis, racing down the expert Upper Walking Boss trail at Loon Mountain. As she dispenses critical information through the headsets they both wear in their helmets, he follows her blaze orange vest.

“I was a little nervous, I’m not going to lie,” says the Bedford, N.H., resident of shouldering responsibility for Dan’s safety. “But you see how much fun he’s having and all your fears just go away.” Continue reading

Military members past and present can ski free at Bretton Woods

Complimentary lift tickets offered to those with valid military ID
By Paula Tracy
from WMUR

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. —Today is the Military Salute Day, hosted by Bretton Woods, which honors those who are serving or who have served in the military with free skiing.

Bretton Woods and New England Disabled Sports at Bretton Woods are offering complimentary lift tickets to those with a valid military ID on Jan. 31. Continue reading