Disability Snowsport UK
Provide therapeutic, life-enhancing and exciting activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and specialist instruction. This is provided through snow sport schools, overseas activity weeks and school and youth programmes.
The funding from Crerar Hotels Trust will be used to purchase three pairs of bi skis for use with bi ski frames to be used at Snowsports Cairngorm Ski School.
Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) is a nationwide registered charity providing access to snow sports for those with disabilities. They provide therapeutic, life-enhancing and exciting activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and specialist instruction and their work takes many forms, some of which include:
- Dedicated adaptive snowsports schools
- Organised overseas activity weeks
- School and youth programme
- Thirteen local groups operating regularly across the UK
- Provision of training for specialist instructors and volunteers
- An elite programme in the form of the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST) through which we identify talented athletes who have the potential to compete in the Paralympic Games
For over thirty-five years, DSUK have provided opportunities to those with disabilities to take part in skiing and snowboarding. Throughout the country they have local groups run by volunteers and also have adaptive instruction at the Cairngorm Mountain and the Central Belt in Scotland, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Tamworth and Castleford. At all of these locations, they run a purpose built adaptive snowsports centre providing individual and group lessons every day of the year. Despite limited funds, the BDST athletes achieved outstanding success at the Sochi Paralympic Games in 2014.
Their mission statement is:
“To promote equality and opportunity for people with disabilities to take part in snowsports and to help improve their enjoyment and standard of performance at the level of their choice.”
More about the project Crerar Hotels is supporting:
The “Skiing for All” Project
The Skiing for All for Project is a widespread project DSUK are trying to fund to purchase a whole host of new equipment which is desperately needed. The project is split by different types of equipment; this application is for three sets of bi skis.
At the Cairngorm Ski School in the Highlands, a number of key pieces of equipment needs replaced. These skis will also be used on winter activity weeks across Europe. More severely disabled skiers require a sit ski to experience the excitement of the sport. the funding will help replace the skis which are attached to the bottom of this equipment. These skis are specially designed to work in harmony with the bi ski itself shorter and wider than regular skis for this very reason.
Skiing using this equipment is life changing for many of their skiers. For example, Clare Ormiston, a DSUK skier in Scotland who went into hospital for a routine eye surgical procedure came out with a loss of speech and a loss of feeling in her lower legs, says this about skiing in a bi ski, “I needed something that would make me feel alive again, would make me feel the blood pumping around my body and give me that thrill I needed in my life”.