Para Nordic skiing is a parasport in which participants race across relatively flat, snow-covered terrain using skis and poles. In cross country skiing, only the toe is attached to the ski, thus allowing the heel to lift freely; this allows for greater maneuverability when skiing uphill or across uneven terrain. Para Nordic skiing can include both cross-country races, which range in distance from 2.5-20 km, and biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting for accuracy. Various adaptations are made based on participants' level of ability; for example, some athletes with lower-body impairments use sit-skis and visually impaired athletes shoot based on sound emanating from the targets.
Is this activity known by any other names?
What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?
Who takes part?
When does it occur / How often do you take part?
Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?
While there are no para-nordic focused clubs in the GTA, many participants from Toronto visit Kawartha Nordic Ski Club and Highlands Nordic Ski Club. Each club offers para-nordic specific programming. The sport is primarily organized by Ontario’s Para-Nordic Program.
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Kawartha Nordic Ski ClubNordic Ski LaneHarcourt, ON K0L 1A0
Highlands Nordic1182 Nottawasaga RdConcession 10Duntroon, ON L0M 1H0
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