RHINELANDER - Madeline Goscha can put COLLEGE students to shame in a gym, and she's only 8 years old. The Rhinelander native is a rock star when it comes to rock climbing.
The whole Goscha family climbs together. In the winter time, they climb right in their basement. Their practice facility is TINY compared to most competitors, but that hasn't stopped Maddie from climbing to the top.
"It was really kind of fun but kind of scary because I was against all these college kids and me and my sister were the only children... But it was really fun when I found out that I got 2nd place against 2 other college kids," said Maddie.
Her father and coach, Daniel, says rock climbing builds more than physical strength. This sport engages the mind in unique ways.
"Its problem solving, they have to work the routes out in their minds. It helps them solve problems in a different way not only mentally but also physically it helps with their confidence," he said.
Right now, Maddie is ranked 3rd in the state in her age group. She's the youngest climber to place into Divisionals in the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series.
This weekend, she's heading to La Crosse for an American Bouldering Association competition. Her parents say bouldering is her best style of rock climbing, and she should place highly there too.
TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawlk VFW donated two electric wheelchairs to Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville.
The park features 155 acres with a number of memorials focused on different wars.
"It's just a really great feeling knowing that they can do this and they can get there and spend the time they need to reflect on what they need to reflect on," said Highground Executive Director Jon Weiler.
Weiler said most of the veterans visiting have a hard time moving around the large park without assistance from a wheelchair.
THREE LAKES - Getting diagnosed with a rare disease can be a scary, isolating feeling. A Three Lakes girl and her mother don't view it that way, they want to show the disease doesn't define 11- year- old Ada. "It came out of the blue you have a child and don't know you're going to encounter that," said Ada's mother Jennifer West. Jennifer knew something was different when her two year old daughter was shrinking in size and had bowed legs.
"[It was] a turning point in my life as a mom," said Jennifer. It took nearly 12 specialists to diagnose Ada with XL- Hypophosphatemia, a form of rickets. The genetic disorder that affects one in 20,000 people. "It's kind of like finding a needle in the haystack and I found out I'm the needle," said Ada. Ada's body can't properly handle phosphorus, making her bones soft and her figure smaller. That's led to dozens of doctor's appointments and a surgery last week.
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