Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program

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Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a unique and special ocean swimming and prone paddling program for disabled athletes, run by the Ocean City Swim Club and the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital in New Jersey, U.S.A. It is nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year for its innovation and potential to change lives and mindsets.

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This Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its nomination reads,

They create transformative ocean experiences to positively impact the quality of life for those unwilling to accept being an observer. Bruckner Chase and Michelle Evans-Chase with Becky McGill, the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the City of Upper Township enable the most unlikely athletes to discover a personal connection to the ocean. By helping those with spinal cord injuries learn how to move through the water and guiding open water prone paddleboarding and swimming sessions, disabled athletes are leaving their wheelchairs and physical limitations on the beach to explore opportunities on and in the water. For their vision to bring the open water to a previously land-locked group, for their innovation to make paddling safe for those with severe physical challenges, for the empowering feelings and opportunities, the Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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