robin kuniski/for metro calgary
"Right now we’re competing to gain exposure and just to improve our skills."
Disabled athletes Gary Kuhl and Matthew Profitt were in Calgary this week to not only compete, but to raise awareness about disabled athletes.
The bobsledders from the United States National Ability Centre in Park City, Utah, were in town over the weekend to compete in the international America’s Cup races held at Canada Olympic Park.
Kuhl, 51, an engineer with the State Highway Department, living in Salt Lake City, isn’t afraid to admit the fact him and his brakeman Profitt being leg amputees puts them at a disadvantage against their able-bodied competitors, but they just want to compete and show others that disabled athletes can participate in these sports.
“Right now we don’t have any disabled team to compete against,” said Kuhl, noting that he and teammates Profitt are often left behind a second or more by competitors at the start.
“That’s what we’re trying to promote is that this is something that can be developed into a bigger sport.
“Right now we’re competing to gain exposure and just to improve our skills and learn more about the sport.”
Eventually the duo wants to compete against other disabled teams.
“They’re going to have to come out and say, ‘hey, how can we do this?’ Kuhl said.