Cedar Falls boy with Cerebral Palsy skis for first time at adaptive skiing event

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DUBUQUE, Iowa – A Cedar Falls boy born with Cerebral Palsy was able to ski for the very first time, and he wasn’t the only one enjoying the sport.

Yesterday there was a special adaptive skiing event organized by Clark and Associates Prosthetics and Orthotics. People of all ages came out to Sundown Mountain Ski Resort.

12-year-old Xavier Conlin was born with Cerebral Palsy, but he’s always been a big sports guy. He was able to ski for the first time yesterday. He says it was a lot of fun. He was a little scared at first, but he ended the day with a big smile on his face.

10-year- old Kaylie Raymag says she’s skied several times before, but she had a blast participating in the event.

Her advice to anyone who might be scared to learn to ski: “Believe in yourself and it’s OK if you fall. Try try again.”

Sundown Mountain has the equipment and instructors for adaptive skiing, so it’s the perfect place for this event. This is the second year for the Clark and Associate’s event. They say they hope this continues for many years to come.

Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

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