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8-year-old girl with down syndrome gets to water ski for the first time

Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 12:14:36-04

An 8-year-old girl was given a special opportunity at a Hartland event Saturday.

Greta Youel has down syndrome, but more noteworthy is her zest for life and willingness to try new things like water skiing.

Youel got the opportunity to strap up and hit the water on Lake Keesus during the At the Lake event on Saturday.

"It was amazing," said Youel about her first time water skiing.

Dozens of children with special needs were able to experience the rush of water sports at the event Friday and Saturday.

"Our kids don't get these experiences very often," said Greta's mom Sally Smaida. "It's beautiful. It's just wonderful to have a fully inclusive event. I get a little choked up."