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