CRNA and US Paralympic Nordic co-hosted an Elite ParaNordic Clinic on 10/23-29/17 at Lake Placid, NY-right after its Gala. Athletes vying for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Nordic team attended working on both XC and Biathlon skills to make the team.  It is now off to IPCN WC and USPN national’s  to see who will make the team. Thanks goes to all those who attended included USPN development coach BethAnn Chamberlain.  USPN High performance Director and former Olympian John Farra from Saratoga Springs, NY worked with CRNA president Russ Myer to make all happen….including snow in October!!! Which includes a Thank you to the staff at Mt Van Hoevenberg-Mike Battisti  et al and Jared Steenberge and crew at the OTC in Lake Placid!

Next step…S Korea and Pyeong Chang!  Let’s Go for the Gold

CRNA President russ Myer demonstrated CRNA’s ParaBiathlon (light and audio) as well as its ever popular Paintball Biathlon at a shooting skills clinic hosted by Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital at the Clifton Park YMCA.  Besides the Parabiathlon and Paintball biathlon…there was disc golf and bean bag toss.  The light biathlon systems were wildly successful with all trying multiple times…then there were “I can shoot better than you!” challenges

 

A wonderful time had by all….Thank you SRH staff!

CRNA members met with Olympic Regional Development Agency liaison Rebecca Dayton, US Paralympic Nordic HP Director-John Farra , Paralympians Joe Walsh from New England Adaptive Sports and Bob Balk, Jean Brennan and sponsor Howard Horowitz to expand adaptive nordic opportunities in NY and NE. The meeting took place at the Desmond Hotel on June 27.

Much was discussed with dates throughout the upcoming season for clinics and events determined. There will be much more should CRNA receive its VA grant as well as confirming opportunities with Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham…enabling many more veterans and others to participate.  More to follow as the summer unfolds ..Stay cool!

CRNA started its summer paintball biathlon series at ARC Schenectady’s Princetown facility on June 17, 2016. Approximately 50 athletes participated in accurate marksmanship and for a few…taking that loop around the building course…some of the participants shot clean every time!

Now the sites shift to Maple Ridge Day Center in Rotterdam/Schenectady for Orienteering…On June 23, 2016 there will be the grant awarding ceremony at Maple Ridge-CDPHP’s Charity Choice Award. THANK YOU CDPHP

CRNA, Team Red,White and Blue and Albany Housing Coalition moved on to a Para Biathlon Clinic at Waterworks/6 Mile Park on what was a beautiful night in Albany!  After a brief intro, all helped all refine their Para Biathlon shooting in both Visual and Audio (Visual Impaired) ParaBiathlon.  The visual shoot off saw some great shooting rise from, well…the women!!

 

Thanks to Claire Piazza from AHC, Kim VanHeste from Team RWB and City of Albany for supporting this true first!  Even several spectators became very interested…asking pointed questions about the sport and our veterans!  next clinic is roller skiing at Waterworks on June 23.

CRNA completed its 3 adaptive Nordic clinic series at Adaptive Sports Foundation in grand fashion. Despite no snow, Clinic facilitator, Russ Myer introduced the veterans to visual, audio and LW pellet para biathlon shooting along with XC ski lessons and drills-improving everyone’s fun on the boards. The shooting was excellent indoors and just as good on the last day when a short course was set up on whispering run at the base of Windham MT…..A super time was had by all during the 3 day clinic. Nothing beats this country’s veterans….Top gun-each and every one of them

As is CRNA’s custom…A round of applause and thank you to ASF administration-Todd Munn and Pam Greene as well as Windham’s Chip Seamans, Chris Cook and our security PAL from the UK.

CRNA looks to do much more with ASF as adaptive Nordic and Alpine seem to be actually……getting along?

Our Snowman shot clean and ran fast….before melting!

CRNA Partnered with BKYSL at Notchview for a Day of Paintball Biathlon which featured a biathlon snowman, great youth races…which ended with adult women vs. adult men!  The women won by 2 shots!

The morning started out snowy and icy but by noon all had melted…even our wonderful snowman melted!! Mud by the end of the event. A BIG Thank you to James Caffrey (Notchview) and Kate Parrot (BKYSL) for their coordinating the event. CRNA hopes  to return next yr with lots of that white stuff!

Mary Nell Schmitz, Recreation Therapist,  from the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY invited CRNA and two of its sport leaders, Russ Myer and Tom Wright to demonstrate Adaptive Nordic to its Team Albany members and its Music Therapy staff. Both Paralympic visual and audio biathlon units were presented with the music therapy staff intrigued at how the audio biathlon set up could be incorporated into their music training…Several Team Albany members tried both units easing PTSD fears of firearms-focusing on accuracy, marksmanship and the sport of biathlon…an enthusiastic call to return with advancing Paralympic  technology for those with disabilities!  Thank you  Mary Nell

Chris and Jennifer Moyer from Hudson Valley Distillers in Clermont hosted CRNA and a Paintball Biathlon event on Aug 22, 2015 at their beautiful distillery on Rt 9. An enthusiastic crowd supported CRNA’s programming as a US Paralympic Nordic Club  for those veterans and youth with special needs/disabilities. Afterwards, all enjoyed tasting HVD various products…raising glasses to what was one truly enjoyable event at HVD.

Please support Chris and Jennifer as they truly believe in and support what CRNA strives to achieve.

http://www.hudsonvalleydistillers.com

See you at Harvest Spirits and, Brookview Station Winery in Sept and Oct