LABRADOR STRAITS, NL – Nine-year-old Cameron Buckle was beaming with a smile as he slid along the ice.
For the first time, he was skating with the rest of the boys and girls his age on the rink at the Labrador Straits Arena.
The L’Anse-au-Clair boy, who has mobility issues, got to try out skating with the assistance of a new sledge. Labrador Straits Minor Hockey purchased the sledge through Recreation NL’s Recreation and Sport for Persons with a Disability funding program.
The sledge has a double blade on the bottom and a seat with a backrest where Cameron sits while he slides along.
It was specially made by an Ontario company called Unique Inventions.
Cameron got to try the sledge out for the first time when the arena in L’Anse-au-Loup hosted a “Come Skate with Cameron” event on Feb 23.
It was a big success as more than 70 people came out to skate with Cameron.
Cameron’s mother Dawn Letto felt Cameron’s smile told the whole story.
“You only had to look at the smile on his face when he got on the ice and seen all the friends and family,” she told the Northern Pen. “Cameron don’t speak but his smile says it all.”
Even after over an hour of skating, Letto says Cameron enjoyed it so much he didn’t want to get off the ice.
She adds other kids enjoyed being able to push him along as well.
Lisa-Davis-Ryland, co-chair of Labrador Straits Minor Hockey, felt proud the organization was able to purchase the sledge for Cameron.
Letto wished to thank Labrador Straits Minor Hockey and specifically Davis-Ryland and Junior Flynn, who she says got the sledge and organized the skate.
And she thanked all of Cameron’s family and friends and everyone else who supported him with the skate.
“It was great to see everybody show up and show support for Cameron,” she said.
The purchase of the sledge was preceded by the arrival of a ski coach for Cameron, ordered by the Mount Nascopi Ski Club. It was reported in the Northern Pen last March.