Disabled Wintersports Australia achieving greatness with your donations

01.05.17

The money raised at the annual Warren Miller Australia film tour goes towards training DWA volunteers, purchasing new equipment and running their programs. In 2016 this meant:

  • 943 members were part of DWA.
  • 448 members, volunteers and carers participated in our camps program. These programs introduce new people to the mountains and help them work towards becoming independent on snow.
  • 84 volunteer guides were trained, ensuring we can help our members on snow.
  • Our volunteer guides were on snow 1151 days. They helped our members on and off lifts, showed them around the resorts, encouraged them, helped them use the equipment and had memorable chats on the chairlifts with them.

Here, are a few of their stories:

“One interesting comment that we got from Laurence on the Saturday night after his first day on snow, which he typed into his talking machine, was ‘People with disabilities always get wrapped in cotton wool’, meaning that often he wants to do adventurous things, though the people around him or running the activities are worried about him getting hurt when participating. He was thrilled to be able to go skiing as it was one of few activities that he has tried that provided him with that adrenaline rush that so many people crave. And although when skiing we always take the upmost care in ensuring that our members are as safe as possible, and Laurence was literally ‘wrapped in wool’, as it was so cold, the rush that these people get from carving along a ski run is unachievable in so many other sports. This is one of the many reasons that we are so passionate about helping people enjoy skiing and snowboarding, as we understand how valuable an experience it is for everyone involved.” Read more..

Cotton Wool

“There are only a few things that compare to flying down a ski run, without prosthesis, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your back!” Read more..

Few things better

“A rewarding part of this trip for the sit-skiers and DWA staff and friends, was seeing the fun being had influence someone who had not contemplated being able to ever ski again with his boys. After the first day of falling and laughing so much it hurt (quite literally!), the skiers headed back for some après ski and met up with Dino, a fellow wheelchair user who had been watching the group from the bottom of the hill all day. The next day Dino was taken out for a trial run to see what sit-skiing would be like. He was hooked! It just opened up a whole new world of opportunities to be able to do a sport with his boys. Priceless! I think we’ll be seeing Dino down here next year!” Read more..