Deaf/Hard of Hearing ‘Learn to Ski’ Day

March 2016

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Did you know that the Paralympics does not include athletes who are deaf? In fact the Deaf community have their own Olympics (recognized by the IOC) called the Deaflympics.

The Nordic Racers Ski Club held a Learn to Ski Day for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) community in Vancouver because it turns out Canada has never sent a deaf cross country skier to the Winter Deaflympics.

Twelve DHH skiers and three professional interpreters came out on a warm March day to try cross country skiing for the first time. A warm day was welcome as it’s difficult to sign with gloves on.

Coaches Tony Chin, Tian Fowler and Cleo Palmer have greater appreciation for the role the inner ear plays in single leg balance.

If you are interested in running a DHH Learn to Ski Clinic and/or would like to hear more about working with deaf skiers (we’d love that!) contact us below.

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