Young man with disability is a natural on the water

CONNEAUT -- People with disabilities are getting the chance to ride the waves.

Thanks to the 26th annual Three Rivers Adaptive Water Sports Clinic, people with any type of disability are getting the opportunity to go out and water ski on Conneaut Lake.

It's an experience some look forward to all year.

Kenny Fuhrman, 21, was diagnosed with a bone disease at a young age and was wheelchair-bound when he was 13.

Fuhrman recently underwent treatment and it has been a life-changer for him -- he is now able to walk.

But Fuhrman is not only walking, thanks to this clinic, he is water skiing.

“The bone disease I have really limited me on things that I could do,” Fuhrman said. “But now since the enzyme replacement, I can do water skiing, I can do wheelchair basketball and slot hockey -- that's my favorite."

On Tuesday, Fuhrman was taken out on the water and was getting up to 32 mph, a lot faster than the average speed of 16 mph that the clinic's boat usually travels at for water skiing.

"When you are out on the water it is just me, my thoughts and the beautiful skies -- that is the dream for me," Fuhrman said.

The clinic gives people of all ages the chance to not only water ski, but learn to kayak and canoe as well.

The sports clinic goes on the rest of week and is open to anyone with a disability.

There are still openings for Thursday's clinic. For more information visit http://www.traspa.org/.


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