Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots
Rock Climbing
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Ellie Kinnear, a part of Team USA for Paraclimbing, shares her journey in rock climbing as a visually impaired individual. She was introduced to rock climbing by 'Lighthouse for the Blind' in San Francisco and 'Paracliff Hangers'. Elly talks about different types of climbing styles - bouldering, top rope climbing, lead climbing, and speed climbing, and her personal favorite is top rope. Despite having a knee injury, she has learned to work around it and continuously works on improving her confidence in her body's abilities. She also mentions the importance of trust and open communication with her sighted caller during climbs. Alongside climbing, she values being part of an inclusive community that not only helps her to push her limits but also provides her with a sense of belonging.
Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots
Paddling - Blind and Visually Impaired Athletes
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Jeremiah interviews Stanley, a blind paddler, on a podcast called "Connect the Dots." Stanley was introduced to paddling as a way to get out of the house and mingle with other veterans. The paddling program provides all necessary equipment, including paddles and life vests. Stanley emphasizes the importance of teamwork and listening to the sound of the paddles hitting the water to maintain synchrony with the rest of the team. He states that paddling conditions can be challenging, with wind and ocean conditions making it physically demanding. Despite these challenges, Stanley enjoys the sport, particularly the camaraderie with his team. He also mentions that paddling has helped him improve his mobility and sense of balance. Stanley encourages anyone interested in paddling to show up, be ready to be part of a team, and learn.

Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots
Introduction - Blind and Visually Impaired Athletes
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In this introductory episode, join us on a captivating journey as we explore the diverse and thrilling world of sports through the eyes of individuals who navigate challenges with unwavering determination and unparalleled passion. From the adrenaline-pumping heights of rock climbing to the strategic precision of basketball, the crack of the baseball bat, the intensity of wrestling, the rhythmic paddling in aquatic arenas, and the adventure of scouting, this series showcases the incredible achievements and resilience of athletes who excel beyond their visual limitations.