From CEO to Sit Ski Pro

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By HAN­NAH KENNEDY Re­sort Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor Mt Buller

AFTER much en­cour­age­ment at meet­ings and pre­sen­ta­tions, Dis­abled Win­ter­sport Aus­tralia (DWA) man­aged to fi­nally catch up with Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment CEO John Hu­ber in the late stages of the 2013 sea­son.

The Re­sort Man­age­ment Board (RMB) at Buller has been ex­tremely sup­port­ive of DWA in our es­tab­lish­ment of the In-Re­sort Pro­gram over the last few years, and it was a great op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate to John some of the thrills (but not spills) ex­peri- enced by DWA mem­bers.

With An­drew Rail­ton out with us to snap some ac­tion shots, and a friend there for moral support and en­cour­age­ment - we set off for a few great runs.

John took to it like a nat­u­ral, carv­ing turns with the hand held rig­gers in a teth­ered ski, and got a great sense of how the equip­ment and us­ing peo­ple’s abil­i­ties can trans­late into ex­hil­a­ra­tion in the alpine en­vi­ron­ment.

Catch­ing up with John, he told us what he thought of the unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was fan­tas­tic head­ing out with the DWA team to get a taste of what is pos­si­ble on the slopes, re­gard­less of abil­ity,” John said.

“It was a chal­lenge that I rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to take part in, and was very im­pressed with the knowl­edge and skill that the DWA guides can of­fer our guests to give them a safe, sup­port­ive and mem­o­rable snow ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We are thrilled to have DWA in re­sort through­out the sea­son to of­fer support for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties so they can par­tic­i­pate in snows­ports here at Mt Buller.”

This 2014 sea­son DWA have an of­fice lo­cated in Alpine Cen­tral and a meet­ing place at Buller Ski School.

No doubt John will not be the only one test­ing out the sit ski, as DWA be­gin to in­tro­duce more and more of the Mt Buller com­mu­nity to the world of adap­tive ski­ing, from come-and-try op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer guide train­ing through­out the ski sea­son.

Should you wish to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est and learn more about adap­tive snows­ports and its unique equip­ment or vol­un­teer as a guide, con­tact Han­nah Kennedy at Han­nah@ dis­abled­win­ter­ or call 0422 157 391.

Thanks again John for the support that you and your team at the RMB has given DWA.

Next time per­haps we will go out 3-track­ing in the bumps.

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