First skate for blind students in Saskatoon
Courage Canada teaches hockey skills to kids with visual impairments
It's a skill many of these students never thought they'd learn.
Today 15 blind or partially blind children learned to skate through the Courage Canada program.
It was founded by Mark DeMontis a former hockey player who had to give up his NHL dream when he was diagnosed with Leber's Optic Neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. DeMontis wanted to create a place where young people with visual impairments could give hockey a try.
"The number one thing we get from these students through the course of a day is this self-actualization," he says. "That they can achieve anything, even despite their disability."
MacKenzie Wegleitner wasn't totally sold on the sport but still glad she had a chance to try it.
"It's kinda hard in a way but once you practice more, it gets better I guess," she said.
Another clinic day is scheduled for Thursday. The Regina Pats will help students with their skating skills at the Brandt Centre.