'Nature is healing': Saskatoon Paralympian aims to make adaptive cycling more accessible
SASKATOON -- A Saskatoon Paralympian has created Saskatchewan's first adaptive mountain bike club to make outdoor exploration more accessible for people with mobility issues.
Three-time Paralympian Lisa Franks says she has always loved being outdoors - but after sustaining a spinal cord injury, she faced numerous challenges when it came to accessing trails throughout the province.
During a trip to Canmore, Alta., she experienced adaptive cycling for the first time, an idea she has now brought to Saskatoon.
“It's just such a good activity and way to get outdoors. Nature is healing, there is no denying that. And to be able to do an activity with my able-bodied friends and family that I can keep up with them, it just really warms my heart. And I want other people to experience that as well,” says Franks.
In order to bring this experience to Saskatchewan, Franks has started a GoFundMe page, with the goal of raising $50,000, to buy new state of the art adaptive bikes that will allow people of all ages to try out the sport.