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  • LEARNING to ski or snowboard certainly has some challenges in your early days. Add to the equation those with a disability and you can understand those challenges might be that much more difficult.

    The good news is the Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) programs overcome all these hurdles and assist in helping people access the joy of snow sports and sliding down the slopes.

    As the accredited National Sporting Organisation for delivering adaptive snow sports and life changing experiences to families and people living with disability, they themselves need assistance.

    Each weekend volunteers take time out of their life to help others, but the organisation needs many more to step up and volunteer so they can continue to create a difference in these people’s lives.

    Once you see the joy on participants faces and the happiness it brings to each family you realise that all the generosity of your time really does play a huge role in furthering each person’s goals.

    “We can’t operate without volunteer guides,” said DWA Chief Executive Officer Rick Coate.

    “If you are an intermediate to advanced skier or snowboarder who would like an added challenge on the slopes and have some time to volunteer, then DWA has a unique opportunity for you to be fully trained in our adaptive snowsport guide program.”

    The continued success of our elite Para athletes is just one example that anything is possible if you are given the chance. This year alone Australia produced sensational results on the World Cup circuit and all athletes were originally involved with DWA programs.

    The Australian trio of Simon Patmore, Sean Pollard and Ben Tudhope signed off from the 2018-19 World Para Snowboard season in style, claiming multiple spots on the podium and clinching great results in the overall season standings.

    After a standout season from the three men, Patmore and Tudhope claimed second in the overall crystal globe standings for their consistent performances throughout the 2018/19 season. Pollard was hot on the heels of Patmore in the men’s SB-UL category placing third after a great season by him.

    Ben Tudhope claimed Para Snowboard’s discipline crystal globe in the men’s SB-LL2 banked slalom in a great reward for an outstanding season.

    Each weekend at your local resort is not the World Cup, but for participants just starting out it could be a stepping stone if they choose that route, or the mere satisfaction of sliding down the green run on their first morning will be all conquering for those individuals.

    DWA’s volunteer adaptive snowsport guiding is a fantastic experience and a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. You will be trained by qualified DWA trainers and you will be able to assist snowboarders and skiers down a run and safely around the mountain as well as have a chat on the chairlift as you experience their joy and confidence build.

    Currently DWA have 1,400 members and 400 volunteers, across Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Mt. Buller, Perisher and Thredbo and assist from grass roots, first time participants to competitive and Paralympians.

    This season DWA has put out a call for anyone who can help and volunteer during the season.

    It is a fun group to be a part of and you will create lasting memories and experiences for participants and your fellow volunteers. Follow the details on ad below to join up and volunteer.

    Photo Above: DWA Guide Craig Stonestreet with Harry and father Shane. PHOTO: Steve Cuff.