2013-2014 ASF Race Team Highlights
The ASF supports a competitive race team for athletes with both physical and cognitive challenges, as well as a 12-week residential competition program for Paralympic eligible athletes. Programs include both a part-time weekend racing program and a full-time midweek racing program. Our goal is to provide student-centered race training opportunities for individuals ranging from part-time athletes whose aspirations may be recreational in nature, to full-time athletes whose aspirations are more competitive, with possible US Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team aspirations.
Special thanks to all the volunteer coaches, parents and donors who helped make 2013-2014 race season a great success! For more information on how to join the ASF Race Team and its programs, please contact Pam Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org / 518-734-5070.
International Competition & the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games
The ASF Race Team was proud to have two Paralympians who are both visually impaired competing on a international stage during the 2013-14 season. 2010 Paralympian Caitlin Sarubbi(guide Jamie Sarubbi) and 2014 Paralympian Staci Mannella(guide Kim Seevers) competed in races throughout the US, Canada and Europe during the 2013-2014 winter season.
ASF Race Team member Staci Mannella and her guide, ASF staff member Kim Seevers, went on to represent the United States in the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Team USA included nine women and 16 men. Staci, who is visually impaired and her guide Kim competed in slalom and giant slalom (GS). Staci and Kim finished 6th in both races. Staci will take the year off next year to start college at Dartmouth and plans to return to the US team the following year for competition. She’s already looking forward to competing in Korea in 2018 and will begin training toward that goal this summer. The pair would like to thank everyone from the ASF and Windham communities that supported their journey over the past six years. Kim says, “So many of you were there with positive words of encouragement, generous donations of time, sweat, and money during our fundraisers, and most importantly, with hugs and support each time we headed out to our next destination. You can’t imagine how much that meant to us. Thank you.”
National Competition – Alpine
The ASF Race Team headed to Park City, Utah on March 24, 2014 to compete in the U.S. Adaptive Alpine National Championships as well as two North American Cup races. Sam Skinner, who has Cerebral Palsy made his National racing debut competing in the Standing category and Staci Mannella with her guide Kim Seevers competed in the Visually Impaired category. Both racers were coached ASF Race Team Coordinator and Head Coach, Russ Funk. The event included two GS and two slalom races on the challenging and steep CB race hill at Park City, home of the 2002 Paralympic Games. Sam met the challenge head on and completed all eight race runs. Staci and Kim capped off their year by taking the gold in all four of their races. At the final awards ceremony, the ASF team was proud to be recognized for their 4th place in the national team standings.
National Competition – Snowboard
Zachary Elder, Matthew Huang and Charlie Kleiman, members of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s snowboard team participated in the United States of America Snowboard Association’s (USASA) National Championships. The races were held this April at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Elder (17 years old), Huang (16 years old) and Kleiman (22 years old), individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities, qualified for USASA’s National Championship through the local Catskill Mountain Series.
All three members competed in the Giant Slalom and Slalom in the Men’s Adaptive category. In the GS, Zach won a bronze medal and in the Slalom Matt and Zach won gold and silver medals respectively. For more on the ASF Race Team’s participation in the 2014 USASA, photos and videos, click here.
State, Regional and Local Competitions
With over 30 team members, the ASF Race Team was very active at several state, regional and local competitions. The New York Empire State Games were held on February 6-8, 2014 in Lake Placid. 15 ASF Race Team members competed in Alpine GS races and took home 13 medals. ASF team members also competed in the USASA Catskill Mountain Series, Special Olympic State and Regional Races, DS USA Diana Golden Level I Series, Michael Gray Jr Memorial Race and the Hartman Tribute Race.