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Blind skaters take to the ice

Feb 10, 2017

From Seacoast Online, published February 9, 2017

PORTSMOUTH — Ice skating requires lower-body strength, balance and vision. Now try doing it without the sense of vision.

That is precisely what a group of blind skaters does every Wednesday at Labrie Family Skate from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Strawberry Banke with a little help from the team at Northeast Passage.

“I used to skate as kid but I picked it back up for the first time last week at this,” said Jean Shiner of Exeter, who is blind. “I never knew any technique so I just moved my legs and hoped to stay up.”

Northeast Passage is an adaptive sports and recreational therapy program at the University of New Hampshire that assists people like Shiner and other people with disabilities all over New England participate in sports they are interested in, according to Program Specialist Amanda Zedon.

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