Aaron catches a wave
AARON Pitcher is a 27year-old budding surfer. When there is promise of waves to be ridden, he wakes early, has breakfast, checks the weather radar and surf report on his iPad before heading to the beach
Mr Pitcher is an NDIS participant and he and Anglicare Tasmania support worker Shane Rayner often take to the waves at Clifton Beach.
“Surfing with Shane is very good,” he said.
Aaron loves to spend hours at the beach and is supported by Shane who has surf lifesaving experience and a 40year passion for surfing.
“It’s great exercise for Aaron because he’s using all his muscles and there’s a real sense of freedom with it too,” Shane said.
“I just make sure we don’t go out too deep. Clifton Beach is patrolled and we swim between the flags, but I always check out the surf before we go.”
If the waves are too big or there is a rip, the pair will go somewhere else like Seven Mile Beach where the waves are generally smaller.
“Aaron enjoys it there because the planes come in over the beach to land at the airport and he likes planes.”
As they surf, they enjoy Tasmania’s coastal scenery.
“I like the cliffs and the sand dunes. Once I saw dolphins,” Aaron said. Shane said surfing was a great outlet for Aaron and only one of the activities he regularly chooses to take part in. He is a keen soccer player, basketballer and a member of the Special Olympics bowling team.
“Next year we are going over to Western Australia to bowl,” Aaron said. “Last year we went to Melbourne.”
Shane said Aaron consistently achieved high scores in bowling. “I watched him one day get four or five strikes in a row,” he said.
For Aaron, who shares his Rosetta home with flatmates, sport is a big part of his life so he is often very busy.
“I will have an afternoon snack — then it’s time to go to basketball tonight,” he said.
Anglicare has been a trusted not-for-profit provider of support to Tasmanians for more than 30 years.
The large team in Tasmania has the skills to provide quality support to NDIS participants including those with complex needs.
Anglicare looks for opportunities to match the NDIS participants with support workers they can relate to. It’s all about supporting people to live the life they choose.
Anglicare’s dedicated team can reliably deliver a wide range of NDIS supports including: assistance with household tasks, daily living activities and self-care, shared and supported living options, social and community activities, skill development, support co-ordination, flexible respite, and support for mental wellbeing.
SURF’S UP: NDIS participant and budding surfer Aaron Pitcher, 27, left, with support worker Shane Rayner.