Updated Dec. 22, 2012
NENSA Adaptive Program
Link to Specific Program Elements:
See what it is all about in this video from U.S. Paralympics
About the NENSA Adaptive Program:
The program launched in the 2010-2011 ski season with the support of a grant from the Veterans Administration through USA Paralympics. Learn more about adaptive sport opportunitites for Veterans here. NENSA’s Adaptive Program is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as a Paralympic Sport Club. The program seeks to increase access to adaptive Nordic programs, events, equipment and education throughout New England. We will work with existing adaptive sports organizations to support or increase Nordic offerings or help your club or community initiate a new program. We recently became a USA Paralympics Sports Club to better serve our Adaptive Nordic community.
In addition to coordinating with New England-wide adaptive organizations and ski clubs and teams, the NENSA Adaptive Program runs programs for Veterans and service members throughout the region. Weekly winter programs in Weston MA, Pineland Farms ME, and Jericho VT offer a regular opportunity for experienced and aspiring adaptive Nordic skiers to hone their skills. We also coordinate with PSIA, adaptive organizations, and ski clubs to offer adaptive Nordic instructor training.
About the Program Manager:
Patrik Viljanen recently retired from active duty from the Vermont National Guard after 27 years of service. He is passionate about working with Adaptive Nordic skiers, Veterans and service members. Patrik is a life-long Nordic skier including Nordic ski racing, biathlon, ski jumping, instructing, and back country skiing. He lives in Jeffersonville, VT with his family and Scottish Highlanders.
A Message from Patrik:
Our goal at NENSA is to provide the best possible experience for Adaptive Nordic skiers and their families. Nordic skiing is a life-long family activity that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age, gender, experience, or level of disability. We can help provide the lessons, coaching, equipment, and a calendar of events for a wide spectrum of Adaptive skiers.
Most of all, we want feedback and input, from you the Adaptive Nordic Skier, racer, coach, or organization to continue past success and meet the needs of the entire Adaptive Nordic community. Please feel free to contact me and see you on the trails!
Patrik Viljanen | Adaptive Program Manager New England Nordic Ski Association
firstname.lastname@example.org 49 Pineland Dr. Suite 301A
mobile: (802) 777-0340 New Gloucester, ME 04260