Learning snows­ports, with­out snow

Mt Buller News - - ON AND OFF THE SNOW -

SKI and Snow­board Aus­tralia has part­nered with the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion to bring chil­dren all over Aus­tralia an op­por­tu­nity which has never be­fore been of­fered.

Lit­tle Shred­ders <http:// www.lit­tleshred­ders.com.au> is a brand new ‘off-snow’ pro­gram aimed at teach­ing chil­dren the ba­sics of snows­ports with­out ac­tu­ally vis­it­ing the slopes.

Based on the hugely pop­u­lar Bur­ton Riglet prod­uct, Lit­tle Shred­ders pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to learn the fun­da­men­tal skills of ski­ing and snow­board­ing from the con­ve­nience of the school yard or gym­na­sium, through game based learning.

The pro­gram uses mod­i­fied equip­ment de­signed specif­i­cally for school chil­dren, and is an in­tro­duc­tory pro­gram that teaches chil­dren the fun­da­men­tal skills and knowl­edge re­quired to pre­pare them for an on-snow ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s a very ex­cit­ing pro­gram and we can’t wait to pro­vide ev­ery Aus­tralian child the op­por­tu­nity to learn how to ski and snow­board be­fore they ac­tu­ally hit the slopes,” said Nick Frayne, national par­tic­i­pa­tion and sport de­vel­op­ment man­ager, Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia.

“The Lit­tle Shred­ders pro­gram will help de­velop a child’s over­all bal­ance, im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and pro­vide them an un­der­stand­ing of snow safety, all while hav­ing fun and work­ing in teams.”

The pro­gram has chil­dren learning the cor­rect snows­ports stance, prac­tis­ing weight dis­tri­bu­tion and un­der­stand­ing how to be a safe rider.

The main out­comes of the off-snow, Lit­tle Shred­ders pro­gram are teach­ing school chil­dren of all ages about:


Snow safety knowl­edge;

Bod­ily and spa­tial aware­ness; Ba­sic snows­ports stance and skills; Phys­i­cal pre­pared­ness;

Teamwork; and


“Our school loved be­ing a part of the Lit­tle Shred­ders pro­gram,” said Matthew Tomkins of Cairn­lea Park Pri­mary School.

“The pro­gram is aimed at teach­ing be­gin­ner snows­ports and snow safety skills in a fun and en­gag­ing for­mat.

“Stu­dents were able to dis­play great teamwork and sports­man­ship and it is a worth­while pro­gram that en­gages both stu­dents and teach­ers.”

Ski­ing and snow­board­ing are among Aus­tralia’s largest and most pop­u­lar par­tic­i­pa­tion sports, at­tract­ing more than 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple to the slopes each year.

Tra­di­tion­ally, Aus­tralian chil­dren have only been able to learn the ba­sics of ski­ing and snow­board­ing at an alpine re­sort.

Un­til now.

PHOTOS: Cour­tesy Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia

ALL BAL­ANCE: Learning to bal­ance on a snow­board - with­out the boards - in the Lit­tle Shred­ders pro­gram these stu­dents prac­tice bal­ance and co-or­di­na­tion - skills that are needed when they fi­nally hit the ski slopes.

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