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Adaptive Sports with Candace Cable - Sailing

Meeting Description:

Join us for our Live Better series presented by the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Community:

Adaptive Sports with Candace Cable


Paralympian John Ruf will be with us to talk about how he got into sailing, types of boats, and adaptations needed to sail them to name a few things!

Join us as we discuss staying healthy in our bodies, minds and spirits with adaptive sports activities.

This is where we can meet and have a conversation with the experts in their adaptive sports field. We’ll also get the entire 411 on the adaptive sport, laying the foundation of how the sport began, the equipment used, how to get started for the never ever person to the quest for Paralympic Gold!

Along the way we’ll gain some tidbits from our experts of what motivates and inspires them, words of wisdom and survival tips for life with a SCI.

So come on this adventure exploring adaptive sports, you won’t be disappointed.


Date: Wed, May 8, 2013
Time: 04:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Candace Cable
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Candace Cable
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Candace believes that there were 4 elements that came together in 1975 that gave her, community, purpose, wellness and joy after her spinal cord injury at the age of 21 when she was ready to go of life. They were family, counseling, disabled students service’s office at Long Beach State University and adaptive sports.

Joining with her adapting community to pioneer the sport and equipment of wheelchair racing gave her the title of SuperCrip, a title bestowed on athletes with disabilities in the 70’s and 80’s. She went on to compete in 9 Paralympic Games in 3 sports winning 12 medals as well as compete in the Summer Olympic Games wheelchair racing exhibition on the track in 1984, 1988 and 1992 winning 2 medals. 

Candace is an active member in the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation community writing a blog, creating Reeve Health minute videos and as a Reeve Peer Mentor.

John Ruf
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It's no wonder that John Ruf is a sailor he hails from the states on the edge of the Great Lake Michigan and comes from a family of sailors. He's a true son of a son of a sailor as his grandfather taught him to sail at the age of 9. John has been on the water ever since, sailing in a cub boat, then a M-16 and an E-scow. 
He started sailing a 2.4 Metre boat in 2000 and had the honor to represent the US in the 2008 Paralympic Games, finishing with a bronze medal. In 2009 he won the 2.4 Metre Open World Championship as well as the 2010 US Nationals.
Climb aboard, let the wind fill the sail as John tells his tale and we learn to sail.