WCVB’s Seri Congi came out to our “Any Age – Any Disability” Adaptive Ski Event at Lake Quinsigamond on August 17, 2021. 

Liz Hackett is ready for adventure. She’s about to water ski on Lake Quinsigamond.

“The first day I started I was a bit nervous,” she said.

It’s an activity made possible thanks to a program that helps anyone with disabilities — Ride the Waves.

“Basically, any age, any disability, we can get them out there and let them have a fun ride around the lake,” said Linda Candela, of the Webster Water Ski Collective.

With a crew of volunteers, adaptive skis and special equipment, Hackett and others can spend a day simply enjoying a water sport that might otherwise be off-limits.

“It makes you feel good as a parent,” said Hackett’s father, Check Hackett.

Chuck Hackett said he’s grateful to see so many smiles.

“Nothing but fun,” he said. “I mean, she’s safe. Everybody is so eager to help. It’s great to see.”

“My heart is filled with joy. When I see them smiling, it’s just humbling,” Candela said.

The water skiers don’t just get a day of fun, but also a boost of confidence.

“Keep doing it,” Liz Hackett said. “Just push yourself. Keep trying to find new ways to cope. It’s an amazing experience to have more fun with.”

This is the second event held this year by the Webster Water Ski Collective. It’s made possible with donations, dedicated volunteers and a lot of love.

“I had an amazing time doing this,” Liz Hackett said. “I feel really blessed to do this.”

For more information about the program or to volunteer, click here.

For video and their story – click here.