Aaron catches a wave

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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.

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