Impaired Skating – Kind Hearts Carry Out Dreams
By Vladislav Luchianov
Informational support: Impaired Skating Project
Impaired Skating’s goal is to develop a program that will include all skaters with an impairment and allow them to participate in all competitions and events with impaired and non-impaired skaters on an equal basis.
As result of the sterling work being done by Margarita Sweeney Baird to have ice skating included as a Paralympic sport, the first competition for skaters with impairments is being planned for Sept/Oct of this year as a live video streamed event.
A real competition will be held in 2012 in Dumfries in Scotland. The organizers need entries and it’s now open to skaters worldwide, which is great! Do you know of any young skaters/children in your rink who might be eligible? Impaired Skating project means ANY impairment – physical/developmental/hearing or
sight problems, etc.
Would you mind putting the word out to any skaters/coaches you know – it’s important that they get enough entries or organizers won’t be able to try out the assessment method and judging criteria in a real competition.
This is an ISU based event, trialing a new bonus system using the IJS judging system.
Margarita Sweeney – Baird is the founder and driving force behind this project. A former Scottish ladies champion and skating coach in the UK, she has taken a year-long sabbatical from her distinguished legal career to mastermind this project. She has undertaken to build an international team of experts to develop the ideas and deliver a full and detailed plan to the ISU. Once approved, the ISU, as the International Governing Body for ice skating and recognized by the IOC, will then apply to the IPC.
You can get involved in this project by using this link: Impaired Skating