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ADAPTIVE SPORTS: No Activities Off Limits to People with Spinal Cord Injuries

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Dozens of Iowans who have lost the use of their legs due to spinal cord injuries learned some new ways to stay active Saturday.

The 10 annual Adaptive Sports Expo was held at Camp Sunnyside in Ankeny.

Activities like golf, biking, and kayaking are made possible by equipment that is adapted to people with disabilities.

Many people with spinal cord injuries feel their days of playing sports are over, but each year the expo proves that is not the case.

“To be able to do some of the things you used to do, even though they may be a little different keeps you going,” said Scott Turczynski, an adaptive athlete.

“It’s just an extension of ourselves. We do anything and everything you could ever imagine without any hesitation. The sky is the limit,” said Garfield Berndt.

If you want more information on getting involved in adaptive sports, visit the links to the Facebook pages of both Adaptive Sports Iowa and the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa.