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White out . . . People enjoying the adaptive snowsports equipment are (back from left) Flynn Meyer, Penelope Thorpe, Dominic Tola (front from right) Rorie White and Eddie Gardner. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Paralympian Adam Hall is hoping his endorsement of the ParaFed Otago adaptive snowsports programme will encourage more people with a physical disability to try skiing and snowboarding this winter, and follow the trail he has blazed down the slopes.

The Vancouver Paralympic gold medallist has lent his name to the programme to help get the message out to more people that adaptive snowsports are a great sporting option for Otago people with a physical disability.

ParaFed Otago, in association with students from the University of Otago School of Physical Education, will be running four ski weekends at Cardrona Alpine Resort for people with a physical disability who want to try, or to improve, their skiing or boarding.

Adaptive Snowsports New Zealand provides a range of modified equipment that enable people of all abilities to give it a go.

Last year, nine people enjoyed the weekends and ParaFed sport development officer Kelsey Evans is keen to do even better this year.

“We have had many great young people coming along and learning to ski and board, and we’re very open to people of all ages coming on the trips to experience snowsports.

“We work with what you can do and make it happen.

“The smiles on the kids’ faces as they shoot down the slopes is just magic.”

The Adam Hall Adaptive Snowsports Programme runs in August and September. Places are limited so bookings are essential. Anyone interested in attending can contact Kelsey Evans at sdo@parafedotago.co.nz