Stay Warm and Indoors with Adapted Winter Sports!

Many of us would agree that getting around outdoors in the winter is a lot more fun when wearing a pair of snowshoes, skis, or skates. And if you use mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair or walker, winter wheeling or walking can be especially difficult – navigating the snow and snowbanks, keeping warm, and tracking in the salt designed to melt the ice whenever you go outside. While the weather conditions are often a barrier to outdoor physical activity opportunities at this time of year, there are a number of indoor adapted sports programs in the Kingston area to help you get active, make friends, and have fun!

If you or someone you know has a physical disability, check out the following programs for chance to get involved (and stay warm) this winter:

  1. Kingston Knights Sledge Hockey: The Kingston Knights are a recreational sledge hockey team for individuals of all ages. Sledge hockey (or para ice hockey) is an adapted version of ice hockey designed for people with physical disabilities. E-mail Robert Jones at jonesmaple@gmail.com to learn more.
  2. Kingston Power Wheelchair Hockey League: The Kingston Power Wheelchair Hockey League offers an adapted version of floor hockey for individuals who utilize a power wheelchair. For more information, check out the league’s Facebook page or e-mail kingstonpwhl@gmail.com.
  3. Kingston Y Penguins Aquatics Club: The Kingston Y Penguins are a swim team for children and youth with physical disabilities and their able-bodied siblings. The program is run through the Kingston YMCA. Contact head coach Vicki Keith at vicki_keith@kingston.ymca.ca to find out more.
  4. Quinte West Quadzillas Wheelchair Rugby: The Quinte West Quadzillas are a wheelchair rugby team based out of Trenton, Ontario. The sport of wheelchair rugby is designed for individuals with functional impairments in three or more limbs; however, people of all abilities are welcome to join. For details about the program, check out the team’s Facebook page or e-mail Erika Schmutz at eschmutz@sympatico.ca.

By Veronica Allan, Kingston Gets Active Ambassador

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