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Adaptive water ski clinic gives people with disabilities a chance to get out on the lake
CONOVER - Graceful Wakes hosted its fourth adaptive water ski clinic on Lake Pleasant in Conover.

Grace Petzold founded the non-profit after she got the chance to ski with her mom and her aunt who both have disabilities.

"It really inspired me and my family to want to prove that opportunity to other people here in Wisconsin so we created Graceful Wakes and have been putting on clinics ever since," Petzold said. "Just seeing the joy not only on the participants faces, they are all experiencing water skiing for the first time or if they been with us before is really memorable."

And the smallest moments mean the most.

"Did you have fun? Yes, I did. Awesome it sure looked like it," a skier said. "What's your favorite part about it? To have a new skill."

"It makes all of the work we've put into it totally worth it," Petzold said.

Grace also wants these clinics to bring everyone together regardless of their ability.

"I am so excited for hanging out with my girls here and I love being on TV," said skier Danielle Thoe.

Seeing those grins on the skier's faces will always mean something more for Grace."

"I am very proud. It has been such an amazing experience. Not only learning how the business side of thing works but also just being able to create all of these memories and witness all of these people's lives being transformed," Petzold said.

Graceful Wakes puts on clinic all around the state each summer. 


Story By: Mazie Vincent


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