MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Eighteen people with disabilities took to the waters of Lake Moultrie to participate in the Adaptive Water Sports Expo this morning.
The event held at Lions Beach in Moncks Corner allowed the athletes a chance to ski, kayak and swim with the help of a large group of trained volunteers.
Longtime Roper Rehabilitation patient Marka Rodgers, who is an incomplete quadriplegic, got to experience waterskiing for the first time this afternoon.
"This was the most free I've felt since I got hurt," Rodgers said. "I had so much fun. I was scared at first but once I realized I was just laying on my legs and all was good, I just embraced it and had a blast."
Rodgers, who was the first quadriplegic woman to complete the Cooper River Bridge Run, was one of six first time skiers participating in this year's expo.
The athletes at the event used equipment specifically designed to fit their needs.
"These events give our patients a new confidence in themselves," said Kim Aquino, a recreational therapist at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital who helped organize the event. "It helps them learn they are not defined by their injury and they can do anything they put their mind to."
The expo was sponsored and organized by Achieving Wheelchair Equality, Anchors Away, Adaptive Expeditions, Adaptive Limb and Brace, Floyd Brace and Roper Rehabilitation Hospital.