by Rhylla Morgan
Shane Gameraidj, a resort guest, Yangay Wunungmurra and staff member Josh Bath enjoy the thrill of a chairlift ride at Mt Buller while learning to snowboard. Image: supplied
Indigenous boys from up north experience SNOW for the first time
It was all smiles at Mt Buller recently when a group of 10 teens from the Clontarf Foundation visited the alpine resort of Mt Buller in Victoria.
The boys hail from Gove so the -5 temperature at Mt Buller was a surprise and an exciting adjustment. They revelled in fresh snow and embraced the stark contrast of alpine life on this special trip that took them more than 4000kms south of their tropical home.
The visit was possible thanks to Mt Buller and BOQ who support the Foundation which seeks to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and equip them to participate meaningfully in society.
Mt Buller has supported the program since 2017 and welcomed the group this week, “It’s wonderful to share this special place with the boys and see their wonder and excitement at experiencing snow for the first time,” said Buller Ski Lifts General Manager Laurie Blampied. “These lads are skilled footballers and they took to snowboarding like ducks to water during their short stay. It’s a credit to the Clontarf Foundation and BOQ providing these opportunities and showing the boys they can achieve anything and adapt.”
Clontarf Foundation General Manager of Partnerships Shane Kiely was on the slopes with the boys and said, “It was an absolute privilege to join the BOQ staff, their clients and the young Clontarf boys in what was such a unique and special experience for everyone involved. Most significantly, this trip is going to have such a positive impact on the boys lives for many years to come and that was clearly evident from the constant smiles on their faces.”
The small group of teens embraced the challenge of snowboarding for the first time and impressed their instructor with how quickly they picked up the challenging sport. A highlight of the visit was time to meet the Mt Buller sled dogs for a cuddle and to learn about these rescued dogs and their teamwork in the sled pack.
Mt Buller supports a number of programs that introduce snowsports to at risk young people. Mt Buller’s snow season continues until the end of September and is enjoying a very good snow cover.
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