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Iowans take part in adaptive water skiing

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Some Iowans were riding the waves today on Eagle Lake in Evansdale.

Covenant Medical Center and the Waterhawks Ski Team came together for a day of adaptive water skiing. This is an annual event that allows people, who use a wheelchair, to take on the water.

People with spinal cord injuries were able to ski, like Robert Fencl, who water skied for the first time since he was hit while riding his bike 12 years ago.

"She didn't see me until my head went completely through the windshield," said Fencl, Waterloo. "She slammed on her brakes and I flew at the car and went about 10 feet up in the air and I landed so hard on top of her hood I left a full body imprint in the top of her hood."

Fencl needed some help at first, but ultimately he was able to ski on his own.

"It means a lot to have my own mobility," said Fencl.

Fifteen-year-old Suzanne Shoemaker was born with cerebral palsy and she says she has been skiing for a few years.

"You're just up and you're free and you're not really depending on anybody else," said Shoemaker.

She says her disability is not stopping her.

"A lot of my body doesn't work, I don't have quite normal hand functions, but I get a long with what I have," said Shoemaker. "It doesn't really stop me from doing's just how I live."

Disabilities were not stopping anyone on Eagle Lake today.

"Disabled people want to ski and try something new because a lot of them don't always get the experience," said Shoemaker.

Some of the skiers say the most rewarding part is the freedom they feel in the water and not having to depend on anyone as they ski for themselves.  

Eight people signed up to ski today. Some skiers were in their teens while a few were in their sixties.

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