Competition - National Ability Center

Our  Philosophy

We believe training and competition is key to reaching personal achievement and to meeting life goals. This is why at the National Ability Center you’ll find training and competition opportunities for individuals of all abilities and skill levels. From Team Flyers to High Performance, we have a program for everyone.

 

High Performance Training Teams

Paralympic Sport Club

Paralympic Sport allows people with physical disabilities to compete at an elite level in an international arena. The National Ability Center is a Gold Level U.S. Paralympic Sport Club, and offers programs and events to help athletes with physical disabilities to become Paralympic Champions. The National Ability Center’s competition programs offer opportunities for individuals to learn about elite level sports, while providing the training, tools and skill development necessary for athletes of all abilities to reach their personal goals.

Our location in Park City, Utah provides access to first-rate facilities that are ideal for high altitude training, twelve months a year. The National Ability Center is a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport and is surrounded by world-class training and competition venues including Park City Mountain, Canyons Village, Deer Valley Resort, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Park City Ice Arena and Utah Olympic Park.

Currently, the National Ability Center has Paralympic development programs in the following sports:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Adaptive Snowboarding in partnership with Team Utah
  • Annual Paratriathlon Camp

The Alpine Ski Team and Adaptive Snowboard Team are among the best in the nation and our athletes are consistently on podiums nationally and around the world.  Athletes can choose to join any of the competition programs for a season, for a camp or for a day. Whether an athlete desires to make a national or international Paralympic team or just compete for fun, the National Ability Center has the location, facility, equipment and coaching staff to help make each athlete’s dream a reality.

For more information about Paralympic sports, including rules and regulations, click on the Logo below to visit the sites of our International and National governing body:

 

We are very thankfull that The National Ability Center is a training center that prepares adaptive athletes for competition with donor support.

For more information, please contact our competition programs manager, Jess Roising, at 435.649.3991 x617 or email jessr@discovernac.org.

 

 

Alpine Ski Team

The National Ability Centers High Performance Alpine Race programing has a long history of giving athletes a high-quality environment where they can reach their full ski racing potential.  Since 1985, the NAC has supported a wide range of athletes from the international podium to the those just starting out.  Alpine race education and training are combined with the appropriate level of competition to foster athlete development and fine tune skills needed for high-level competition.  We encourage and expect personal achievement and want everyathlete to find the top step of their own personal podium.

The curriculum starts by developing a knowledge of the foundation physical and mental skills required in the sport of ski racing and then builds the athletes ability to compete at a high level.  The lower level athletes work closely with the coaching staff and alongside the higher level athletes to create drive and pace in increase knowledge of the sport, while the higher level athletes work closely with the coaching staff to refine their technical and tactical skill required to be Paralympic Champions.  Training sessions always have a focus that begins outside the course to help create an understanding through open practice, then brought into the course to give the repetition needed to solidify the skill in a race environment.

For more information about the Para Alpine race program, contact Erik at erikl@discovernac.org

 

Adaptive Snowboard Team

The adaptive snowboard program got its start in 2008 at Park City Mountain. We are proud to have one of the first and longest running adaptive snowboard training programs in the world. This program serves any athlete with a physical disability interested in training for Paralympic competition. Together, with excellence coaching partner Team Utah, the National Ability Center has created a highly successful and sustainable model of integrating adaptive snowboard athletes into an existing able bodied world-class program.

For more information about our Para snowboard training team, contact jessr@discovernac.org

 

TEAM Flyers

The National Ability Center’s Team Flyers provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in National Ability Center competitions and Special Olympics Utah aquatics. Team Flyers is a holistic approach to competition where team members not only learn about specific sport based skills, but they will also work on teambuilding, learn about health and nutrition, goal setting, and other social life skills.

 Currently Team Flyers hosts bi-weekly practices in winter sports (ski & snowboard), cycling, and aquatics during their respective seasons. In the off season, the team meets once a month, where team members will have the opportunity for more team building and social interactions.

 

For more information, please contact our competition programs manager, Jess Roising, at 435.649.3991 x617 or email jessr@discovernac.org.

 

 

Competition Events

The National Ability Center hosts several key events each year, including:

  • The Huntsman Cup: An International Paralympic Committee Sanctioned alpine race attracting athletes from all over the country and world to compete in a scored event.
  • The Summit Challenge: a fully supported 100, 80,50,16, or 1-mile road cycle ride. Visit http://summitchallenge100.org/ to learn more.
  • Paratriathlon Camp: A triathlon training camp for adaptive athletes of all skill levels. Coaching from paratriathlon certified coaches from B.A.M. (Balanced Arts Multisport)
  • Field Day: A fun day of friendly competition for our session students in equestrian, archery, and climbing programs. Participants work with instructors to set goals in session, learn new skills through the summ

Calendar

Competition Athletes – Access your training and competition calendar below!