Bridging the Gap

DISABLED winter sport athletes will now have a place to train and call home after a $2.5 million announcement was made at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre yesterday.

DISABLED winter sport athletes will now have a place to train and call home after a $2.5 million announcement was made at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre yesterday.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum joined Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla) and Disabled WinterSport Australia president and chairman Jim Blackburn to announce the funding towards the development of the a new accessible all-abilities athlete base at Falls Creek.

The development will incorporate universal design principles in the new 40-bed facility at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre.

“For over 35 years Disabled WinterSport Australia have been at the forefront of providing people with a disability the chance to experience and develop their full potential in winter sports at Australia’s alpine regions,” Mr Drum said.

“The new accommodation will not only open up more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in Disabled WinterSport Australia programs but will support an important training facility to encourage athlete development.

“By investing in quality and multipurpose sport and recreation projects we can encourage a new generation of Paralympic heroes to new heights and emulate the feats of Sochi Paralympic alpine ski stars Jess Gallagher and Toby Kane.”

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