Young stroke survivors hit slopes

Photo: Jodie Rainsford Photography

Two young stroke survivors will experience outdoor skiing for the first time ever in Wanaka from today thanks to the Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation and Foundation North.

Seven-year-old Hugh from Whangarei, who had a stroke at six months and 11-year-old Sofia, who had her stroke at the age of one, will take adaptive skiing lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort on July 30 and 31 and August 2 and 4.

Executive and founder of the Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation Maria Fredatovich said that Hugh, his father Brandon, Sofia and her parents Tony and Suskia would be staying in Wanaka with generous donations from Mons Royale.

Maria said that the foundation had helped Sofia to indoor ski twice and she instantly fell in love with it. It will be Hugh’s first time ever skiing.

Last year, the foundation brought young stroke survivor Zoe, pictured with her instructor Sam, down from Auckland to take adaptive ski lessons at Cardrona.

Photo: Jodie Rainsford Photography

Photo: Jodie Rainsford Photography

Maria said that the team last year had been absolutely amazing.

“So patient, supportive and fun. Zoe felt comfortable straight away being around everyone and the adaptive team made her giggle, laugh and enjoy the experience. She loved every minute of it and it opened her eyes to the possibilities.”

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