My friend and colleague, Debbie Duffy (Waterville Valley Realty’s office administrator) is justifiably proud of her granddaughter, Abby, who lives in Concord, NH. Abby is legally blind, but that doesn’t stop her from doing all the same things other fifth-graders do. Abby started skiing a few years ago with her father acting as guide. She quickly became an expert skier and is now enjoying great success as an adaptive ski racer.
Abby recently participated in an event hosted by the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country in Lincoln, NH. The nonprofit organization provides sports and recreational experiences to persons with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. The event was a celebration of the collaboration of several North Country adaptive sports programs, including Waterville Valley, Bretton Woods, Loon and Cannon.
One of the attendees also has a Waterville Valley connection, Paralympian and World and X-Games gold medalist Chris Devlin-Young. Chris presented Abby with the signed racing bib that he wore at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
Union Leader correspondent, John Koziol, wrote an excellent piece about the “Collaboration Celebration.” Read Koziol’s story here >>