An adaptive sports group gets disabled Utahns on the trails

Jul 11, 2023, 12:00 PM | Updated: Jul 13, 2023, 11:50 am

SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to physical paralysis, being immobile is just the tip of the iceberg. Many who suddenly can’t, or struggle, to walk leave behind their independence, hobbies, and lifestyle.

Paralysis can hit active people the hardest; however, groups like Wasatch Adaptive prove the outdoors is open to everyone.

The rest of his life began as just another ride

Coedy Hadden’s medical schooling had taken him to Brisbane, Australia. With medical school being what it is, every weekend Hadden would bike the trails around the city.

“I had heard about this new road on the other side of Mount Coot-Tha, and I thought ‘oh, I’ll give that one a try,’ because it sounded like it was pretty decent.”

Hadden has no memory of the ride; while taking a turn, he biked off a cliff and fell nearly 100 feet.

Getting back up after months of therapy with Wasatch Adaptive Sports

The fall shattered bones throughout his torso, left him completely blind in his left eye, fogged his memory for 82 days, and landed him in several months of therapy.

Rehab eventually brought Hadden to Murray, Utah. Despite the cause of his accident, Hadden yearned to get back on a bike.

“I loved biking so much that I wanted to get out there and do it some more!” But Hadden’s balance was completely shot. And there was no way he could afford an accessible bike. Then one day, his speech therapist introduced him to Wasatch Adaptive Sports.



Wasatch Adaptive Sports, WAS, as it’s known, hosts seasonal outdoor events for disabled Utahns. During summer, the group brings accessible tricycles to Utah’s parks and trails. Hadden’s first day with WAS was full of trial and error, but in no time he was on the trail. Several grants later, Hadden purchased his own tricycle. None of this would’ve happened without Wasatch Adaptive.

“They make it possible to have fun,” Hadden’s mother, Martha, said, “and that becomes more important when you have a disability. You can get out to enjoy life!”


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


(Screenshot KSL-TV)...

Amie Schaeffer

7-year-old girl seriously injured when hit by truck now breathing on her own

The young girl was flown by a medical helicopter on Sunday night after she was hit by the truck on Sept. 26.

5 hours ago

(Laura Seitz, Deseret News) Follow @amandadickson...

Amanda Dickson

How parents in prison keep parenting, and how Utah helps

Nearly three-quarters of the women in Utah's prisons are parents to children under the age of 18. The number is smaller for fathers in prison, the number of parents in prison still affects one out of every 14 children.

6 hours ago

The OLRGC released an analysis of the expected topics to be discussed during a special session of t...

Mark Jones

Utah’s citizen legislature is an advantage, not a burden

A citizen legislature, claims Sen. Lincoln Fillmore of South Jordan, assures more contact with constituents.

15 hours ago

El Nino could help Utah, but it could hurt Utah, KSL Meteorologist says....

Adam Small and Derrick Jones

Will El Niño bring snow to Utah this winter? KSL Meteorologist says, maybe

With a lot of excitement about El Nino, and coming off last year's historic winter, many Utahns are hopeful.

16 hours ago

A man is being held without bail after police say he forcibly kissed a Brigham Young University stu...

Mark Jones

Wasatch County authorities bust chop shop operation

The Wasatch County Sheriff's Office says three people were arrested in connection to a chop shop operation near Wallsburg,

16 hours ago

Image of jetskiers on Pineview Reservoir in Weber County in August, 2023. As the end of Utah's wate...

Don Brinkerhoff

As water year ends, reservoirs around Utah are in a “good place”

As the water year comes to an end in Utah, reservoirs are at 77% capacity, which is an increase of 27% from normal.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

An adaptive sports group gets disabled Utahns on the trails