The VISC is proud to announce that the 2017 Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships will include the Victorian Interschools Multiclass Event for children with special needs to be held on Wednesday 23rd of August 2017.
This event, which has come about due the efforts of a small group of parents and teachers, in conjunction with VISC, Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) and Special Olympics Victoria (SOV), provides school aged students with a physical or intellectual impairment with an opportunity to compete at Victorian Interschools in their own event for the first time. Entrants will also have an opportunity to participate in a two day DWA development camp at Mt Buller in the days prior to the event. Divisions will replicate existing mainstream events with both individual and team races across all Divisions. Around 25 students are expected to compete and the Event will also include a number of invitation competitors from the SOV pathway.
The Aims of the event are as follows
- Offer a Multiclass Snowsports event for all Primary and Secondary aged students with a physical or intellectual impairment and, through inclusion as part of the mainstream Interschools event, promote acceptance for all and foster understanding and respect within the wider community
- Develop a greater sense of opportunity and inclusion for all within the Alpine community through a common love of skiing / boarding and achieve respect and recognition from their peers and the wider community.
- Provide an opportunity for students with special needs to demonstrate courage and compete safely and confidently against their peers in a race environment.
With the inclusion of a number of athletes with physical impairments in 2016, a classification system for physically impaired athletes is being developed in line with Para sport events as follows:
Multiclass – intellectual impairment
Multiclass P1 – Visual Impairment
Multiclass P2 – Sit ski
Multiclass P3a – Standing (loss of, or limited use of upper limbs)
Multiclass P3b – Standing (loss of, or limited use of upper and lower limbs)
Multiclass P3c – Standing (loss of, or impaired use of both upper & lower limbs) e.g. Cerebral Palsy
For further information regarding opportunities to participate in this event please contact Liz Gosper firstname.lastname@example.org Entries close Monday August 7th, 2017.