Össur Mobility Clinic 2019
The Össur Mobility Clinic 2019 was held on 15-16 April, where we travelled for the first time to sunny Gold Coast, Queensland to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. This year, we also expanded the Clinic to an additional third day of surfing!
This year the Mobility Clinic attracted our largest number of attendees yet, with a total of 50 amputees (also known as athletes) of all ages and abilities, and over 40 healthcare professionals (also known as buddies) travelling from across Australia. Lead by Head Coach and experienced Amputee Physiotherapist, Cathy Howells, along with an expert team of Coaches, guided our athletes and their buddies through challenging exercises and activities aimed to improve overall mobility.
Day 1 saw athletes learning the proper techniques of running, including an advanced course for elite runners hosted by legendary Running Coach, Brett Jones. All our attendees participated in the gruelling TABATA workout which involved high intensity exercises performed in short but quick intervals. This was not designed for the faint-hearted but we were proud to see our attendees power through with a 100% completion rate! The day closed with the much anticipated relay, where our athletes put their running skills learnt earlier in the day into action as they manoeuvred through a series of obstacles involving hoops, ropes and cones.
Day 2 started off with learning basic Taekwondo skills with black-belt Coach, Darrel Sparke, followed by an educational presentation on the NDIS presented by Darren Wyer from Amputees & Families Support Group Queensland. Athletes then participated in a series of multi-directional agility drills that can be used for a variety of recreational sports. Following lunch, athletes chose their preferred sport or activity to conquer, including golf, soccer, a running reprise, or a session on how to use your micro-processor knee for above knee amputees. We were priviledged to have Golf Australia and Jay Simpson from First Swing join us to provide their golf expertise amongst our keen golfers.
A total of $4,500 was raised from the Mobility Clinic and all proceeds have been donated directly to the Limb Difference Clinic at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Queensland.
For those amputees who were keen to hit the surf, joined us for a third day at Kingscliff Beach for Amputee Surf Day! The expert surf team at In2Surf School taught our group of amputees techniques for adaptive surfing. It was great to see so many giving surfing a go, particularly those who were hitting the waves for the first time.
We would like to thank each and every person who joined, volunteered, and participated in this year's Mobility Clinic and Surf Day event and hope to see you again at our future events!