Snow time like present for some Nordic sports

EURO­PEAN TWIST ON FUN, FIT­NESS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

“I’m Aus­trian and I came over here about 10 years ago and I wanted to im­ple­ment some­thing from there here in WA,” he said.

“Back in Aus­tria we have snow, so all th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties mimic the same mus­cles you’d use in win­ter sports, in sum­mer.”

Com­bin­ing walk­ing with a sim­ple tech­nique us­ing spe­cially de­signed poles, Nordic walk­ing pro­vides a full body work­out that strength­ens mus­cles and bones, while roller-ski­ing is cross coun­try ski­ing with­out snow.

“Roller ski­ing is ex­actly like cross coun­try ski­ing, but it’s for sum­mer,” Mr Holly said.

“It’s as close as you can get to ski- ing in Aus­tralia really, dur­ing this hot weather.”

The free event will kick off from 9.30am at the Boat­shed Café in South Perth, with all ages wel­come.

“Nordic walk­ing, roller ski­ing and cross skat­ing are sports well known in Europe for great health and fit­ness ben­e­fits and we are the only busi­ness qual­i­fied to teach peo­ple in Perth,” Mr Holly said.

“While kids and younger adults may use skis and skates, we run Nordic pole walk­ing demos for the older gen­er­a­tion; some walk­ers are in their mid 80s and 90s.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book, con­tact nordic­sport­saus­tralia@ gmail.com.

Res­i­dents take part in cross-skat­ing at Nordic Sports Aus­tralia’s pre­vi­ous event.

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