National Adaptive Water Ski Championships underway in Paducah
PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - The 26th National Adaptive Water Ski Championships is being held at Twin Oaks Lakes in Paducah.
The event kicked off on Wednesday, September 14 and runs through Saturday, September 17.
The Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts and USA Adaptive Water Skiing and Wake Sports are hosting the event.
The competition features the top adaptive water ski athletes from across the U.S.
Skiers will be competing in the three standard events of able-bodied 3-event water skiing – slalom, tricks and jumping.
Nolan Barnes, a 3-event paraplegic skier from Canada, says in addition to his own training for events like this, he and other adaptive skiers send each other videos to coach each other and to push the sport to the next level.
Some of the participants include a number of injured veterans, former competitors for the U.S. Olympic Team and visually impaired (blind) slalom skiers and jumpers.
This is the first national event since 2018.
The event will also serve as the World Team Trials for both the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 12 of Canada’s top adaptive water skiers will be competing.
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