Mobility course a great challenge

On the up and up: A participant climbs the slanted timber ladder at the Challenge Valley course at Cataract Scout Park in Appin. Picture: Nicole Bauche

On the up and up: A participant climbs the slanted timber ladder at the Challenge Valley course at Cataract Scout Park in Appin. Picture: Nicole Bauche

An obstacle course is challenging at the best of times, but even more so when you can’t rely on one of your senses.

On Sunday, six people with vision impairment took to the course at Cataract Scout Park in Appin to tackle various challenges.

Obstacles included climbing ropes and suspended ladders, crawling through tunnels and walking on balance beams.

The Mobility Day was organised by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and orientation and mobility specialist Haylee Tumanik said the event even included a swing challenge.

“This was the second time that Guide Dogs NSW/ACT had run a mobility day using the obstacle course, but the first one run by the western Sydney office,” she said.

Tight space: Crawling through tunnels was part of the challenge.

Tight space: Crawling through tunnels was part of the challenge.

“The first day was run many years ago. Sunday’s event focused on a section of the obstacle course [called Challenge Valley] which included the giant swing – Guide Dogs clients has never attempted the swing challenge before.”

Ms Tumanik said the course gave people the chance to broaden their expectations of themselves and was a fun, challenging day.

“The day allowed clients to prove to themselves that they had the ability to take on the obstacle course,” she said.

“It was designed to physically challenge them and take them our of their comfort zone, to show them that once they set their minds to it, they could master the course.

“It was also a great social opportunity, as participants were able to meet other people with vision loss and find some common ground.

Step by step: Participants took to thin, log balance beams in a great test of their abilities on Sunday during Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's Mobility Day.

Step by step: Participants took to thin, log balance beams in a great test of their abilities on Sunday during Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's Mobility Day.

“It’s great to see new friendships formed after our Mobility Days.”

The event comes after Guide Dogs launched a new campaign, Don’t Delay, Seek Help Today, in response to a survey which found one in four respondents waited more than ten years after diagnosis to seek assistance.

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