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Disability Ski Instruction for Sixth Formers

Friday, 15 November 2013

Sixth Form boys and girls from Bolton School have been undergoing intensive training in order to be able to assist in delivering three taster sessions for disabled skiers in the coming weeks.  Over 30 skiers, all aged between 11 and 15 from Bolton, have signed up for the sessions.

Lee Power and Steve Smaje, both Alpine and Adaptive Ski instructors, offered the tuition to the Sixth Formers at the Chill Factore near the Trafford Centre.  The students were joined on the slopes by Mrs Sara Cooper, who, along with husband Dr Steven Cooper and Disability SnowSport UK, has organised a disability ski programme, which offers residents of Bolton with a disability the opportunity to experience the thrill of skiing.

She said: “My daughter, Lauren has gained so much from skiing, both physically and mentally, that I wanted other children in the Bolton area to experience the same thing. With this in mind I have developed a project and secured funding. The three, free taster sessions on 15, 22 and 29 November will run at the Chill Factore and Sportivate funded lessons will begin in January. With qualified instructors specialising in adaptive skiing and hi-tech adaptive equipment, along with the goodwill of Bolton School Sixth Form volunteers, snow sports becomes open to all.”

“Having a disability should not prevent people from taking part in sports and activities which others enjoy.  I have always enjoyed skiing and I would love to see others benefitting from it too.  By helping out, I hope I can make someone’s life just a little bit better by offering them an opportunity to do something that otherwise they would not be able to do.”  Bertie Moores, Year 12 student aged 16.

Sport England has expressed an interest in the project as it looks to showcase six projects in a national roadshow, which will be supported by a Commonwealth/Olympic athlete.

For more information or to book, contact Disability Snowsport UK on 01479 861272 or email: lessons@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk

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Alex Lawrence, aged 16, Yr 12

Alex Lawrence, aged 16, Yr 12

Katie Devine, aged 16, Yr 12

Katie Devine, aged 16, Yr 12

Left Bertie Moores, Right Ben Bowers, both aged 16 ,Year 12

Left Bertie Moores, Right Ben Bowers, both aged 16 ,Year 12