View from Lindsay:
My name is Lindsay Ball and I am a visually impaired athlete. Skiing was my first love and now long distance running is what I’m drawn to. I started recreationally skiing at the age of six and began alpine racing in high school. I began to compete nationally and internationally. I was a member of the 2014 Paralympic Alpine team and went to Sochi for the Paralympics. Since then I have gotten back into running. I first found myself running in the distance events in track while in high school because of my best friend Samara Garcia. She was a distance runner and one day volunteered to guide me in the 100 meter dash. It was a complete disaster because neither one of us can sprint. The next day she said I should run distance with her. The rest is history. In the past three years we have run three half marathons and a full marathon together. She has graciously agreed to four months of marathon training again to be my eyes for the Boston Marathon.
It is because of organizations like Adaptive Sports New England that I have been so successful in athletics and sports. I was lucky to have proactive parents who found adaptive programs for me to participate in. I’m currently in school studying Adapted Physical Education so I can support organizations like Adaptive Sports NE and people with disabilities live active fulfilling lives.
View from a guide:
When I offered to run with Lindsay, I never really understood the impact it would have on her and myself. Running with her, allowed her to experience the freedom that I had taken advantage of every time I run a mile. On the other hand, running as a guide taught me self-discipline: Lindsay is a super-determined athlete, which takes a lot of training just to keep up with her. Running as a guide has brought me one of the best relationships I have ever had, and I am always looking forward to the next running adventure with Lindsay. My role as a running guide was a fortunate one for Lindsay and I, but I know that that’s not always the case for athletes with disabilities. It’s programs like the ones that Adaptive Sports New England has to offer that help athletes grow and instill confidence and independence. I’m honored to run with her and for Adaptive Sports New England.
ADAPTIVE SPORTS NEW ENGLAND INC wrote:
Adaptive Sports New England is a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation in sports among youth and young adults who have a visual or mobility impairment. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to be a part of a team, build friendships, and learn the valuable lessons that participation in sports provides. We currently offer Para-sport programs in swimming, track & field, rowing, and wheelchair basketball – welcoming athletes at all skill levels from novice to Paralympian.
As we enter 2019 and our first Boston Marathon, our goal is to continue to increase participation in sports among athletes with a visual or mobility impairment and gain visibility in the Greater Boston community. Our aim is for Team Adaptive Sports New England to raise $15,000. Funds raised will help us to expand our swimming and wheelchair basketball programs; to pilot a Para-track & field program; and to further advocate for inclusion of youth who have a visual or mobility impairment in school and community sports.
For more information or to get involved, please visit: https://adaptivesportsne.org/