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CHARITY SHOOT

The Zia PVA Chapter is hosting a charity event, April 7, at the El Paso Skeet and Trap Club, El Paso, Tex.

Teams have five participants, and all shoot the first round (25 targets) from 20 yards (youth, 16 yards). Handicap competition (50 targets) will follow. After the first round, each team will be placed in a division and shoot against other squads in their division and skill level. The total score from the three rounds will determine the winners. First, second, and third place will receive trophies.

The high overall winners in each of eight categories will receive shotguns: High Overall Gentleman, Lady, Jr. Senior (55-62), Senior (63+), Junior Male (17 or younger), Junior Female (17 or younger), Disabled Person (in a wheelchair), and Active Duty Military. No individual participant may win more than one shotgun.

Contact: James Higgins, Match Director, 641 East Lisa Drive, Chaparral, NM 88021. (505) 824-4223.

BEDSIDE SHOOTIN'

by Brett Vess, C.T.R.S.

It may be difficult to believe that a hospitalized person, confined to bed, can participate in adaptive air-rifle competition. Bronx VAMC inpatient Joe Herring didn't believe it either, but now he's part of the spinal-cord-injury (SCI) rehab program at the Bronx SCI Patient Care Center.

During his initial rehabilitation, Herring underwent a ten-week period of bed rest due to a pressure ulcer and other medical complications. Herring, a quadriplegic, had to deal with this setback to his participation in Aquatic Therapy, the rehabilitation clinic, and other "out of bed" activities, including his new-found interest in adapted air-rifle shooting.

Recreation therapist Juan Rodriguez presented the idea of air-rifle participation from bed to clinic instructor Dave Baskin, who also served as the 2000 United States Paralympic Shooting coach. Baskin thought the idea had a chance to work.

"The bed should offer no competitive advantage for shooting," Baskin said. "The target is still the same distance, and there is no reason that the bed would help. If anything, it (the bed) might present a disadvantage."

Herring was willing to give it a try, so at the next event he set out to participate from his bed. Taking along his bedside stand, some adaptive equipment, and ingenuity from a team that included rehabilitation and wound specialists and engineers, Herring was able to participate, and his scores remained competitive.

Over the next two months, more patients were introduced to adaptive shooting, including seven who participated from their beds. Their scores were entered into an international challenge, the Beeman Grand Prix Championships. The Beeman includes 150 disabled shooters from all over the United States and Canada. Herring finished the last Beeman competition from his bed and ranked fourteenth overall. Local organizations, the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA), and Bajart Post #1122 Yonkers provided support throughout the event and worked with the SCI center to add a "bed" division to their local competition. Herring was declared the champion.

This new type of air-rifle participation developed into the Bedfast program, which refers to the actual mobilization of hospital beds for participation in therapeutic activities. The concept centers on breaking the environment of isolation and confinement surrounding patients and encouraging participation and acceptance of rehabilitation treatment.

The air-rifle competition was the first to be used in the Bedfast program, and plans are being developed to incorporate other activities.

"I was in the bed for ten weeks, and the Bedfast program allowed me to get out of my room and stay motivated," said Herring, who now continues his rehabilitation participation from his wheelchair. "It was very important for me."

Bedfast has now increased participation to include various types of beds, including stretcher types, air mattresses, gurneys, and even geri-chairs.

Contact: (718) 584-9000.

The Bronx VAMC is host medical facility for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in New York City in July.

VEGAS VICTORIES

The Nevada PVA Invitational Wheelchair Bowling Tournament was November 30-December 3, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nev. More than 80 bowlers from across the country participated in the event, sponsored by the Kansas City Wheelchair Bowling Association.

On Thursday, 34 teams bowled three games for a chance at the 16-team head-to-head elimination finals. Kevin Bruno and Paul Cook bested Richard Thomas and William Sonneman in the last match.

The ever popular up-and-down no tap featured 42 teams, and winners were John Gray, Manny Maglio, and Al Gise.

In the B Division roll-off, match one, Michael Pritz (Kans.) got the better of Gray (Tex.). In the second match, Pritz beat Smiley Wallace (Tex.) by five points. Pritz finally lost in the fourth match to Kim Prideaux (Kans.). The finals, featuring Prideaux against Jason Swanson (Tex.), came down to the last ball; Prideaux won by ten pins.

Bob Willis (Okla.) lost to Paul Cook (Tex.) by one pin in the A Division roll-off, but Cook couldn't get on track against Clarence Steele (Tex.) in the second. In match three, Steele finished ahead of Ritchie Cross (Ga.). Bruce Hendrickson took the championship from Steele.

In the Scratch Division, Peter Arballo (Calif.) lost to Bob Murdock (Calif.), who then beat Martin Frost. Murdock then met and fell to Walt Roy.

In the final match, number-one qualifier Al Uttecht (Calif.) and Roy went to the last frame. Uttecht won the title and $1,500.

Contact: American Wheelchair Bowling Association, Inc., 6264 North Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309. (954) 491-2886.

CAMPS DIRECTORY

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., has released its newly revised and redesigned special camp guide, Camps 2001. The publication lists summer camps and programs for metro New,York area children and teens with special needs. It includes 350 special and mainstream programs, ages and special needs served, staff/camper ratios, activities, transportation, costs, languages spoken, and more.

The book features a special section on the key questions parents and caregivers should ask when interviewing camp directors and selecting the right programs. Camps 2001 is indexed alphabetically and by disability and special, need and is written in English and Spanish.

Camps 2001 is $22, plus $4.50 shipping and handling.

Contact: Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., Dept. PR2, 200 Park Avenue South, Suite 816, New York, NY 10003. (212) 677-4650.

SAILING OPPORTUNITIES

Boundless Windjammers, Inc., a nonprofit organization, was organized with a mission of designing, building, and operating a sailing vessel capable of providing people with physical disabilities a fully accessible, traditional-styled, state-of-the art sailing ship.

The design of the ship, Aruna, a 134-foot two-masted traditional schooner, has been underway for more than a year, and the final drawings will be complete early this year. Aruna will feature fully wheelchair-accessible main and lower decks and staterooms that can be adjusted to fit various numbers of people and assistive devices. Unique sail-handling features will be incorporated to allow all passengers to actively participate in sailing the vessel. Features in the pilot house will include a "talking compass" for people with visual impairments and a powered helm to allow those who may only have joy-stick control to sail the vessel.

Boundless Windjammers will provide voyages along the east coast of the United States, from Maine during the summer months to the Florida Keys during the winter season.

Contact: Boundless Windjammers, Inc., P.O. Box 1006, Bedford, TX 76095, (817) 312-7626, www.windjammer.org.

ISLAND ADVENTURE

Just 3-4 hours north of Orlando, Fla., Cumberland Island is a great getaway, popular with families recovering from or preparing for a visit to Disney World.

Travel by ferry, hike through forest-covered trails, camp on sandy beaches, and explore ruins left by previous inhabitants. Cumberland Island is home to famed wild horses, dense oak forests, saltwater marshes, and expansive fine-grained sand beaches.

The trip is $295 (adults) or $150 (16 and under).

Contact: Wilderness Inquiry, (612) 676-9400.

PARALYMPIC NOTES

The following news items cover the latest winter/ summer Paralympic Games happenings.

* The final program for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Paralympics is in place. Alpine and Nordic test events are scheduled for March so athletes can get a taste of the courses. Snowbasin Ski Area will host the Alpine World Cup for the Disabled, March 1-4. The Bernard Russi-designed course has 65-75% grades along much of it.

On March 7-11, the Nordic World Cup for the Disabled at Soldier Hollow takes place. This ski area has undergone extensive work in the past few years, including many miles of trails, an upgraded target and biathlon range, and improved utilities and access roads.

* Some changes took place at the summer Sydney Paralympic Games. All athletes competing at the event were able to vote for their representative on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Committee. Eleven candidates were nominated by their respective National Paralympic Committees. Nearly 1,000 athletes participated in the election process.

"This was a good start considering that it was the first time the election process was conducted this way," IPC Director of Sport David Grevemberg said. "However, we would like to encourage more athletes to participate in the elections at future Paralympic Games."

Contact: International Paralympic Committee, www.paralympic.org.

IPC Athletes Committee

* Ashraf Eid Maraey, Egypt

* Ljiljana Ljubisic, Canada

* Hamish MacDonald, Australia

* Rose Atieno Olang, Kenya

* Enrique Sanchez-Guijo, Spain

* James Thomson, U.S.

SAEC Representatives

Athletes competing in multidisciplinary championship sports governed by the IPC voted on their representatives in each of the Sport Assembly Executive Committees (SAEC):

Archery: John Cavanagh, United Kingdom

Athletics: Scot Hollonbeck, U.S.

Cycling: Ron Williams, U.S.

Equestrian: Angelika Trabert, Germany

Powerlifting: Jeffrey Lauterbach, U.S.

Shooting: Bob Shields, U.S.

Swimming: Pascal Pinard, France

Table Tennis: Vincent Boury, France
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Date:Mar 1, 2001
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