Mul­ti­class shows style and speed

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Mul­ti­class Cham­pi­onships have been part of the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools for the past five years.

School aged stu­dents with a phys­i­cal or in­tel­lec­tual im­pair­ment have an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

Four­teen stu­dents from Ross­bourne School, Ash­wood, Cur­ra­jong, and St Michaels took part in races on Au­gust 23 at Burnt Hut.

A snows­ports path­way now ex­ists for school leavers via Spe­cial Olympics and this year 11 ath­letes par­tic­i­pated in the Vic­to­rian Cham­pi­onships at Burnt Hut also.

The Mul­ti­class Sports As­so­ci­a­tion co-or­di­nate the event as part of the In­ter­schools to give ath­letes with a dis­abil­ity the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in com­pet­i­tive sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and cel­e­brate their achieve­ments, thus en­hanc­ing their health, well­be­ing, com­mu­nity in­clu­sion and self-es­teem through or­gan­ised sport. The aims of the event are to:

pro­mote ac­cep­tance and foster un­der­stand­ing and re­spect within the wider com­mu­nity by in­cor­po­rat­ing the Mul­ti­class Snows­ports event through in­clu­sion as part of the main­stream In­ter­schools event;

de­velop a greater sense of op­por­tu­nity and in­clu­sion for all within the Alpine com­mu­nity through a com­mon love of ski­ing/board­ing and achieve re­spect and recog­ni­tion from their peers and the wider com­mu­nity;

pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents with spe­cial needs to demon­strate courage and com­pete safely and con­fi­dently against their peers in a race en­vi­ron­ment.

The event has a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties that work to meet the ob­jec­tives out­lined above in­clud­ing:

1. Safety Brief­ing at Ski Pa­trol. 2. Wel­come Meet­ing at the Vil­lage Square.

3. Com­ple­men­tary Gear Hire pro­vided by Black Moun­tain.

4. Open­ing Cer­e­mony & Pizza at Un­cle Pats.

5. Race Prepa­ra­tion Clinic – 2 days con­ducted by Dis­abled Win­ter­sports Aus­tralia (DWA).

6. Event Din­ner at the Ski Club of Vic­to­ria (this year 78 peo­ple at­tended where race bibs were pre­sented to the 25 com­peti­tors).

7. Race Day assisted by DWA. 8. Medal Pre­sen­ta­tion.

CEL­E­BRA­TIONS: 25 Mul­ti­class ath­letes cel­e­brat­ing af­ter the race with DWA coaches at Spurs.

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