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It's My Sport, My Dry Slope

June 15, 2017

We are aware that grassroots snow sports in the UK invariably revolves around artificial snow or dry slopes, but that doesn't just have to be the beginning, it can be a life-long love affair!

We're keen to feature people making use of their local dry slope on a regular basis. We want to hear from a diverse background of users from across all disciplines (Ski, Board, Nordic, Disability) young and old. It would be great to have stories from recreational participants, instructors or coaches, competitors and people who work in the sport. 

This is Tina Evans' Dry Slope Story, if you like what you read and have a story of your own you'd like to share please email marketing@snowsportwales.net.

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Who are you?

My name is Tina Evans, I’m 32 and I have a neurological condition called Friedreich’s Ataxia. 


Tell us a bit more about yourself...

My condition effects balance and coordination. My condition effects balance and coordination. I was diagnosed at 16 and have been a wheelchair user since 21. This a small part of me, it doesn’t define me. I’m a determined person and want to break the stereotype that life sucks once disabled, because it doesn’t. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and happy to try anything that is possible for me to do. I have been water skiing, surfing, rock climbing, I have my own recumbent hand cycle, and I enjoy skiing.

I work part-time with the workforce team at Hywel Dda Health Board and am studying for a diploma in Naturopathy. I follow a healthy lifestyle and I’m very passionate about this and wellbeing in general.


Which slope do you use?

Pembrey


How long have you been using dry slopes and how often do you go?

Ski4all Wales is a charity that enables disabled people to enjoy the thrill of the slopes. They run sessions every Wednesday. I joined in April 2016 and quickly got hooked.


Why do you go to your slope?

The club is run by amazing and dedicated volunteers, their enthusiasm every week fuels my positive attitude. Also, it’s an easy workout. Since starting, I have seen an improvement in my core strength and arms, it also aids my coordination.


What does your dry slope mean to you?

I have so much gratitude for everyone involved with the club, from the volunteers to the fantastic instructors at Pembrey.

There is such a positive atmosphere from the moment you go through the doors, rain or shine, all worries are forgotten for an hour or two and we enjoy the moment. I always leave with a big smile. 

I use the Tessier Snowkart, as a wheelchair user I’ve had to hand over some control and give into help. Skiing using the Tessier gives me back the control, and the feeling of doing something with little help is priceless.  


Do you have any specific ambitions?

Just to continue enjoying and build confidence and strength.


Is there anything else you want to add or say about dry slope skiing or boarding?

I would encourage any disabled person to come down and try it, you will gain so many benefits.

Every year the club goes for a week to Verbier to experience the thrill of skiing on snow. I was fortunate to go this year and had a blast. We are very lucky to have this dry slope to get a taster of the slopes, and develop our skills and ability ready to put into practice on snow.

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