RAN Per­son­nel Get Snow Ther­apy in Canada

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Two per­son­nel from HMAS Cairns re­cently swapped North Queens­land’s hu­mid cli­mate for Canada’s ex­treme cold when they rep­re­sented the Royal Aus­tralian Navy and the Aus­tralian De­fence Force in the 2014 Cana­dian Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee and Sol­dier On win­ter sports camp.

Lieu­tenant Dan Prowse and Leading Sea­man Shane Pep­per­all de­parted for Whistler, Bri­tish Colom­bia in Fe­bru­ary to par­tic­i­pate in team build­ing and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties with other wounded, in­jured and ill per­son­nel from the Cana­dian, United King­dom and United States armed forces.

While in the Cana­dian ski re­sort town, LEUT Prowse and LS Pep­per­all par­tic­i­pated in Nordic, biathlon, curl­ing, dog sled­ding, sledge hockey, snow­mo­bil­ing, alpine snow­board­ing and ski­ing.

The tem­per­a­ture was, on aver­age, a cool -10 de­grees, with heavy snow­fall al­most ev­ery day.

LEUT Prowse said that the high­light was "get­ting to know mem­bers from other armed forces and learn­ing their strate­gies for cop­ing and treat­ment.”

“This was the first time I had par­tic­i­pated in any­thing like this and it was in­cred­i­bly worth­while,” LEUT Prowse said. “I par­tic­i­pated in all six sports, which re­ally pulled me out of my com­fort zone. I feel very for­tu­nate to have par­tic­i­pated in this ini­tia­tive, be­cause this ex­pe­ri­ence has helped me on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els.”

The two week pro­gram was aimed at pro­vid­ing a fun and chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to aid in the re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of De­fence per­son­nel with both vis­i­ble and non­vis­i­ble in­juries.

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