Saturday March 16, 2013

POMFRET -- The AbilityPLUS Bluebirds adaptive alpine race team wrapped up the 2012-13 season by winning more than a dozen medals, including six gold, six silver, three bronze and five additional top-five finishes at the Vermont Special Olympics alpine race series finale at Suicide Six ski area last weekend.

Of the 15 medals brought home by the Bluebirds, three went to Emma Davis of Brattleboro and two went to Nick Saladino of Halifax.

"What a fantastic finish to our racing and training season," said Corey Robinson, AbilityPLUS Bluebirds race coach. "Emma and Nick have put in such a tremendous effort, it is great to see it pay off."

AbilityPLUS first-year racer Emma Davis of Brattleboro made her Special Olympics alpine race debut by winning two gold and one silver medal in novice Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. Teammate Nick Saladino of Halifax won gold in Slalom and bronze in GS, and was also named Vermont Special Olympics Rookie Of The Year.

"This is a huge accomplishment," said AbilityPLUS Executive Director of Programs Sue Tatem. "We created the AbilityPLUS alpine race team in 2011 to give students interested in Paralympic and Special Olympics competition the opportunity to train and the means to enter regional races" continued Tatem, "in just two short years we’ve got an amazing team.


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Every member of the AbilityPLUS Bluebirds made it to the medals podium at the Vermont Special Olympics season finale Saturday.

The Special Olympics, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. The organization provides training and competitions for 3.7 million athletes in 170 countries. The Special Olympics winter World Games was held Jan. 26-Feb. 6, 2013 in Pyeonghang, South Korea.

Additional information about AbilityPLUS and a full menu of programs is available by calling 800-287-8415 x103 or online at AbilityPLUS.org.