Adaptive Kayaking: Learning to Paddle with Apraxia
What do you get when you combine someone with the training discipline of an Olympic hopeful with someone who has difficulty performing basic movements when asked? You get a person with the guts and drive like Jay, a 38-year old from Vermont, who has been learning to kayak.
When he was 16, Jay was a talented ski racer, an Olympic hopeful, in fact, before surgerical complications from a benign adrenal tumor excision snatched those dreams away.
Twenty-two years later, Jay has been putting his energies into learning to kayak with the help of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association and our talented adaptive kayaking instructor and colleague, Cathy Webster.
Jay has visual impairments, motor processing delays and severe spasticity in all of his extremities. In addition, Jay has Apraxia, a motor disorder caused by damage to the brain in which the person has difficulty processing the motor planning steps involved with performing a task or movement.