Dis­abled Win­ter­sports Aus­tralia guide train­ing at Hotham

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DIS­ABLED Win­ter­sports Aus­tralia (DWA) car­ried out their an­nual DWA guide train­ing at Mount Hotham re­cently and the two-day pro­gram taught guides how to as­sist peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties out on the slopes and of­fered spe­cialised train­ing with cer­tifi­cate recog­ni­tion.

Adap­tive ski­ing equip­ment in­cludes sit ski­ing and three track­ing for am­putee skiers, vi­sion im­paired skiers and many other types of dis­abil­i­ties.

The new guides fa­mil­iarised them­selves with the adap­tive sports equip­ment out on the slopes and learnt how to guide a vi­sion im­paired per­son on and off ski lifts.

DWA’s Re­sort Ser­vice Co­or­di­na­tor Philip Knight said that be­ing a guide was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a chance to be part of a “fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity of peo­ple”.

“We have peo­ple with very dif­fer­ent needs – in fact ev­ery­one is unique, so we have to consider care­fully the match up with a guide and the type of adap­tive ski­ing equip­ment they will need,” Mr Knight said.

“Some of our clients may have a cog­ni­tive dis­abil­ity and they don’t re­quire any equip­ment, just a DWA guide to be with them to sup­port and mo­ti­vate them and help them achieve their ob­jec­tives.”

PHOTO: Mt Hotham

◆ NO BOUND­ARIES: DWA Co­or­di­na­tor Phil Knight and MP Danielle Green at the re­cent guide train­ing for dis­abled win­ter sports par­tic­i­pants held at Mt Hotham.

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