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February saw Adaptive Climbing Victoria run our first ever Come-and-Try event, open to people of all abilities. Adaptive climbing is rock climbing that is adapted to the needs of the participant, for example using harnesses that offer upper body support, changes in the way that the rope is set up, or an extra pair of helping hands on the wall.
We had a lot of interest from people keen to climb, as well as from volunteers, which made for a really exciting first event. Everyone picked up new skills on the day over 2 hours of morning fun. Some participants had climbed before whereas others were taking the leap and climbed for the first time, supported by friends and family, experienced climbers, coaches and allied health professionals.
We look forward to offering future events in a similar format, and are looking at ways we can meet the demand of the community. We are looking for volunteers with skills in administration, project management and web-based communications to help enable us to roll this out to everyone interested - please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're keen!
All photos credited to @YvetteHarrison