Adaptive Forum 2015

A friendly reminder that the Adaptive Forum will be held at 6pm Saturday September 5th 2015 at 78 Anderson Road, Wanaka.

The forum will involve an update of the past years activities and a general discussion about the future and direction of Adaptive snow sports. The forum provides an opportunity to introduce both the new and returning committee members.

Snow Sports NZ received two applications to fill the two vacancies on the Adaptive Sport Committee. Alice Ruddenklau-Wells re-applied for a position and new member Sam Colby will both fill the vacancies on the Adaptive committee.

Alice Ruddenklau-Wells

Alice was elected onto the Adaptive Snow Sports committee in 2013 and enjoyed the last two years and so she stood for re-election. Alice has a broad range of skills to offer to the Adaptive Sports Committee. She has been a practicing lawyer for 15 years and with a wide range of other (mainly voluntary) experience. She volunteered with the local Disabled snow sports branch, as a volunteer ‘ski buddy’ in Wellington and latterly Canterbury in 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2011 but she has taken the last few years off to have a family.  She also participated in the Committee of the Wellington Disabled snow sports branch in 2001/2002 before leaving to work overseas for 6 years. Alice is a qualified Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance (CSIA) Level One Ski Instructor and has worked as a children’s ski instructor in Canada and in Switzerland. Alice enjoys building her practical experience of being on the snow with Adaptive snow sports groups as well as working behind the scenes on the administrative/governance side.

Sam Colby

Sam has been involved in Adaptive skiing since volunteering and discovering a passion for the sport in 2010. Having overcome developmental obstacles himself, Sam felt he could relate and that he had skills and experience to contribute. Sam has been instructing within ski schools in Canada, Switzerland, the UK and NZ and has started part time this year coordinating the Adaptive Programme at Cardrona. Sam says, “This is now my third season in NZ and sincerely hope there will be many more because like Adaptive snow sports back in 2010, NZ has gotten under my skin and I would like if possible to base myself here for the future. Not only is it a great place but I also see it as the bedrock of opportunity for Adaptive snow sports. The people are truly committed and inspirational to work alongside and I would like this opportunity to help shape Adaptive snow sports in the future.” Sam’s qualifications include BASI ISIA Level 3 Adaptive Certification & Level 2 Alpine and he is currently undertaking the NZSIA Adaptive Examiner Course.

The Adaptive Sport Committee is a technical committee tasked with providing advice to the Snow Sports NZ board, management and staff (e.g. selection criteria, athlete pathways, annual calendar) re adaptive snow sports, providing input into the national strategy for adaptive snow sports, and developing, and assisting with the implementation of programmes, competitions, events and activities for adaptive snow sports.

We hope you can join us this Saturday. If you have any question please contact

Adaptive Forum 2015

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