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Saturday, 5 October, 2002, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Disabled adults try out the slopes
Skiers
People with disabilities are invited to take part
A new sports initiative for people with disabilities is being trialled in Pontypool in south Wales on Sunday.

A Have a Go day is being held to encourage more people to sample dry slope skiing.

Robin Davies
Robin Davies hopes that the day will be a success

The event at the town's ski slope is free and fully trained volunteers will be on hand to offer support.

A range of equipment will be available to help those with physical disabilities.

Robin Davies, chairman for the Welsh branch of the British Ski Club for the Disabled said: "Anyone with a disability in the area is invited to come along.

"There will be a whole team of people to help and there will be a lot of equipment so everyone can have a go.


The idea is for people to come along to try skiing to see if they like it

Grenville Bolter, Torfaen council

"We have got a bi-ski which will allow people who don't have the use of their legs to ski.

"We are also able to help people who are blind by issuing instructions via a microphone and headset," said Mr Davies.

The Have a Go day follows on from the Special Olympics Welsh Open Championships held on Saturday in Pembrey, Llanelli.

The event is being supported by Torfaen council.

Grenville Bolter, the disability sports officer for the council said that the initiative could become a regular event if people enjoyed it.

Skier
Volunteers will offer support to the skiers

"The idea is for people to come along to try skiing to see if they like it," he said.

"We have got 15 volunteers from the area who want to train as instructors.

"I have spoken to a number of people who are going to try skiing for the first time and they are really looking forward to it.

"There is no where else in south east Wales where this is being tried out and we are really hoping that it will be a success," he added.

The Have a Go day is held at Pontypool Ski Slope on Sunday between 1100 BST and 1600 BST


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