Chair­bound Fish­er­man; Young and Older

Serve Daily - - AROUND TOWN - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

Whether you’re 12 or 54, life in a wheel­chair ob­vi­ously has its chal­lenges and even more so if you want to go fish­ing. To pro­vide wheel­chair ac­cess for fish­ing the Utah Chair­bound Sports­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion ar­ranged for a pon­toon boat that ac­com­mo­dates wheel­chairs.

A spe­cial fish­ing trip to Straw­berry Reser­voir took place on Satur­day, June 9, for a spe­cial group of phys­i­cally chal­lenged peo­ple. The morn­ing of the trip weather could not have been bet­ter and it was go­ing to be a great day.

A 35’ pon­toon boat, Free­doms Dream, be­longs to a com­pan­ion or­ga­ni­za­tion to the Chair­bound Sports­man, a group known as Hand to Hand Out­doors/Amer­i­can He­roes.

The Cap­tain of this boat was Brent Crox­ford, and his 1st mate was his son. Brent spends the en­tire sum­mer in his camper at Straw­berry and of­fers fish­ing trips 6 days a week for vet­er­ans, wounded war­riors, and dis­abled per­sons by reser­va­tion.

Brent said he knows where the fish are and that proved to be true be­cause the fish limit for the boat was caught by 11:10.

The young­ster on the boat was 12-year- old Missy Cow­ley who is in a wheel­chair be­cause of SBi­fidaifida, a birth de­fect. She had an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and caught the first fish of the day and the most fish for any in­di­vid­ual.

Missy’s fa­ther and mother where on the fish­ing trip with her. Missy is an as­pir­ing sports­man and has passed her Utah State Hunter Safety Course and is look­ing for­ward to join­ing the Chair­bound Sports­man for a tur­key hunt or a Cor­si­can ram sheep hunt.

Fifty-four-year-old Clint Robin­son rode rodeo for 7 years be­fore he broke his neck at the age of 23. This was his third fish­ing trip with the Chair­bound Sports­man.

Clint caught his share of fish and he is look­ing for­ward to the next fish­ing trip he can go on. He is also look­ing for­ward to a Chair­bound Sports­man hunt­ing trip. It is a pretty amaz­ing group of peo­ple that put these hand­i­capped sport­ing events to­gether.

Also on this spe­cial fish­ing trip was 15-year-old Dal­las Gil­bert-Branin who has Duch­ene Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy. Dal­las’s mother and two sis­ters joined him on the fish­ing trip. All of them caught their share of fish and con­trib­uted to the joy of this beau­ti­ful day.

Dal­las and vol­un­teer Todd Lo­bato cleaned most of the 48 fish brought back to the dock. Ken­neth Vaughn of the Chair­bound Sports­man had made sand­wiches with all the ac­ces­sories for ev­ery­one to have a great lunch.

Sev­eral prizes were given out and young Missy Cow­ley re­ceived two of them for the first fish caught and the most fish caught. An­other great day spon­sored by the Chair­bound Sports­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about how you can be­come in­volved with the Chair­bound Sports­man check­out their web­site at www.chair­bound­sports­man.org or their Face book page.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Chair­bound Fish­ing Trip.

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