Empowering People With Disabilities Through Adaptive Kayaking & Canoeing

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Welcome To Abilities In Motion  Adaptive  Paddling

Here, at Abilities In Motion, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy paddling. Our programmes run from the beginning of June to mid September.   The concept of kayaking for people with disabilities appeared while Pauline Halstead was attending Humber College.  The idea was confirmed when Tracy Schmitt (Unstoppable Tracy) attended a class as a guest.  She was walking slowly around the room.  It was noticeable that Tracy did not have two arms or hands. When asked if she could kayak, Tracy said, "Of course." That was it.  In 2000 adaptive kayaking started in a small way, and then became known as Paddles and Boots Inc. Pauline trailered the boats to various locations but Earl Rowe Provincial Park became the main spot.  Each year the numbers increased.  In 2009, Paddles and Boots became Abilities In Motion, non profit organization.  That same year, Andy Owens joined and offered adaptive canoeing. Over the years, the adaptive equipment has evolved and locations increased.   In 2017, Abilities In Motion dipped its toes in London.  With two established locations, Earl Rowe Provincial Park in Alliston and Fanshawe Yacht Club, Fanshawe Conservation Area continues to grow, not only offering adaptive paddling but creating an inclusive community of paddlers, volunteers, sponsors, family and friends.    



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