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Illinois hunting and fishing

Women take a shot at the outdoors

August 28, 2011 at 07:55 AM

Peoria Journal-Star

CHILLICOTHE —Theresa Temborius has never been one to let her disability keep her from doing what she wants.

Temborius, a paraplegic since injuring her spinal cord in a sledding accident in December 2000, took on a new challenge Saturday as one of 45 participants in a Women In the Outdoors event at Chillicothe Sportsman’s Club.

“I’ve just always wanted to do it,” said Tembouris, whose work toward her master’s degree in nursing had prevented her from participating previously. “I live to do whatever there is to do. I’ve done trap shooting before at a friend’s house and thought it was fun.”

So Temborius took part in handgun shooting, knot-tying and self defense classes — three of 19 courses offered at the event sponsored by the Big Sandy Spurs Crazyhorse chapter.

Temboruis, who leaves for California in December for an internship working with wheelchair-bound soldiers, hoped her presence would inspire others.

“Hopefully someone else will see that it’s doable and they will come out and do it,” she said. “There’s a lot more people out there in wheelchairs that just stay home. It’s hard. Everything I do is hard, but I’m not going to sit at home and not do it, so if other people can see that it’s doable that’s what it’s all about.”

The outdoors event has been a family affair for Chicago sisters Kelli, Kandy and Kasei McGuire, who made the three-hour trek for the second year in a row.

“The first one I did was at Wildlife Prairie Park and I liked it so much, I said ‘I want to do this again’ because we don’t get this kind of stuff in Chicago,” Kelli McGuire said. “Every year I look forward to it. We came here last year for horse back riding and liked it so much we wanted to come again.”

Henry resident Cathy Harbison is also a repeat participant, trying out trap shooting and rifle shooting after experiencing handguns last year.

“I’m enjoying myself,” Harbison said. “It’s a total learning process. There’s so many things you have to remember to accomplish (and) the goal is to hit the trap. It was very good. I highly recommend it.”

Having fun was what the whole-day event was about, according to coordinator Maria Geiger.

“A lot of these ladies have husbands (who) go out hunting and (the wives) never had the opportunity, so we try to give them a different way ... to experience different things,” said Geiger, who was helped by an eight-member committee and more than 50 volunteer instructors.

Stan Morris can be reached at 686-3214 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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