Dunedin has its own Ninja Warrors despite the rain

Georgia McEwan at the Conductive Education Otago Obstacle Course Race.
Georgia McEwan at the Conductive Education Otago Obstacle Course Race.
Conductive Education Awareness Week came to a smashing close today with the first ever Obstacle Course Adventure Race.

The aim of the race was to provide an opportunity for everyone, to get out and active in the outdoors and have fun, no matter what their ability.

Conductive Education is a unique form of rehabilitation, beneficial for children and adults with a range of disabilities, particularly involving physical coordination (motor disorders). It is based on the concept of human potential – meaning that everyone has the capacity and capability to learn and develop, irrespective of their starting point.

Twelve teams of 6, including a local Fire & Emergency crew, Otago University Rugby Club and Duke of Wellington supported people less-able to complete the course. Volunteers and support crews embraced the driving rain to support participants to conquer obstacles such as Mount Midoriyama, Hay-bail Mountain, and the Tarpaulin Drag.

The obstacle course race was used as a pilot for the precursor to a bigger event next year. The success of the day evident on the faces of all involved and the feedback from one of the participants Tim say it all “It made me feel like an able-bodied person. It was heaps of fun with the team”.

 - Cherie McConville

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