Friday, July 13th, 2012
On the 7th July, a group of ‘elite’ athletes (!) from Morgan Sindall, cycled the up to 95-mile course which runs from Brockenhurst (New Forest) and then continues round the perimeter of the Isle of Wight, all in the name of raising money for Heron Lake and the BDWWA!
Morgan Sindall are a UK construction, infrastructure and design business based out of Heathrow and we are delighted that they have chosen to support us as their local charity.
Particular thanks needs to go to those who completed the ride: Stephen Holmes, John Richardson, Michael O’Callaghan, Gary Sheahan, Paul Cowling, Dan Evans, Tim Conneely, Steve Kemp, Chris Barr, George McBride, Ade Barrett, Russell Line & Steve Fletcher.
In order to raise awareness for this event Morgan Sindall have set up a Justgiving page , which is still taking donations – Let’s see if we can get them up to £1500!
The total amount raised will be announced here soon so keep checking back for more info.
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
In winter weather conditions of rain and 45 mph winds, our new “Littel Bro” Rixon straight line cable installation and magnificent easy wheelchair access jetty were officially opened. Kuno Ritschard, the President of the International Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation opened the new cable and jetty on Friday 8th June. Our chairman Trevor Leagas hosted a group of disabled boys from Arbour Vale school in Slough, as well as Abbie-Jo Biggs from the Ellingham club who were the first to experience the new cable tow. All this could never have been completed without the funding recieved from Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children and it was fantastic to welcome Joanna Woodward and Julie Pointer to see what the funding has achieved.
- Even with the horrendous weather it was clear the system offered a very rapid way to learn starts on stand up and seated skis. The new jetty is much wider and has big ramps leading into the water which will enable skiing even when the lake water level is drained by the Veolia Water Company in times of emergency by 1.5 metres. Final landscaping remains to be completed but all the equipment is now in full operational use. All that remains is to thank Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children, Riverworks and Rixon for their help in making this project a reality.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
BDWWA membership application is now open for 2012.
If you are a current member you should be recieving a pack in your email inbox shortly. A copy of the membership pack can also be found in the downloads section of this website.
If you are not currently a member, and are interested in joining us please call the office on 01784 483664 for more information.
I hope you are all looking forward to this season. Heron Lake is still currently closed for building work but we shall be announcing our opening date soon – watch this space!
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
And a rummage in the archives turned up this great picture of Tony Richardson at Heron lake using the triple bar, along with Robin Nichols and Beverley Nicholl.
Do you have any pictures to share? new or old, we love to see them and share them with our readers.
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
The May course saw 6 kids aged 11-14 and with a range of disabilities experiencing water sking for the first time. Nathan, a paraplegic aged 13 who came with his dad and sister, described the course in his feedback as “igzillerating!!”. Joe who is autistic and was a little unsettled at the beginning of the weekend – could hadly be persuaded to get out of the water by the end of it. Despite his weak grip, Marcus who has Cerebal Palsy, was able to ski using the delga harness and with support from buddy skiers. Brothers, Andrew and Peter, who are both partially sighted were able to ski unsupported by the end of the course. Charlie was lucky to have a role model with a similar disability and he made huge progress – definitely a potential champion of the future. Parents and siblings had a chance to try skiing too and everyone had a great time on the banana boat at the end of the course.
Huge thanks to all the volunteers and to British Airways for the sponsorship which made this course possible. We’re looking forward to the next 2!
Friday, May 13th, 2011
Photographer Hayley Morris recently spent a day at Heron lake BDWSA, have a look at her great photos from the day, here on the BDWSA Flickr photostream.
Hayley Morris studied at Arts University College Bournemouth before attending University College Falmouth, focussing on documentary subjects. ‘Kids Having Kids, 2008’ was one of her most successful works. In her final year at Falmouth she was involved in a serious road traffic accident, leaving her disabled and inevitably changing her perspective on life and through a lens. She now works with those with disabilities, showing how one may suffer prejudice by their limitations. In her series ‘It’s Rude to Stare, 2011’ she focuses on those that are successful within sport, her subject at the forefront of the image and the disability secondary.
“Often we define people by what we see, my intention is to communicate aspects and achievements about my subjects. There is more to our identity than disability.”
You can find out more about Hayley and her photography on her website.
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
I wanted to publish a note of thanks to our supporters, through whose efforts the BDWSA has benefitted substantially through 2010.
As a small charity the BDWSA is runs a tight budget, balancing our income and expenditure carefully. We generate income through our core activities, including membership fees, skiing activity both individually and through organised courses and use of the facilities at Heron Lake. This income generally meets our operational expenses. We are fortunate and very grateful for the continued support of Veolia Water who provide our home water and support us on a regular basis.
However, for other elements required to provide the service we do; including replacing and buying new and sometime specialized equipment and subsidising the cost for introductory skiing courses, we are wholly dependent on our fund raising activities. Often funds are raised through corporate donations or other specialist trusts and funds, whose aims align with those of the BDWSA. Recent examples include;
* Nikki Medland who though her contacts at British Airways, organized a donation to fund our new Youth Introductory courses, 3 of which will run through the 2011 season hopefully introducing around 30 new young people with disabilities to Water Skiing.
* NDS Limited, who made a generous donation.
* The Aiming High for Disabled Children fund, who have provided two grants designated for replacement and addition of new equipment including wetsuits, life vests and helmets and Seated Ski’s and Frames.
Outside, of corporate and charitable trusts we are also fortunate to have many supporters who are willing to go the ‘extra mile’ to help raise funds for the BDWSA. This year has seen two fantastic examples;
- Janine Edge (who as I am sure you will all know is one of Tony Edge’s daughters) and friend Helen Napper completed the marathon Hellespont swim. The Hellespont separates Europe from Asia in north-west Turkey is one of Europe’s busiest shipping lanes, but was closed to traffic for an hour-and-a-half for the 4.5km swim. Renowned for its swell and strong currents as well as the shipping, this is rightly regarded as one of the toughest swimming challenges around, with only half the entrants completing the course. Janine and Helen’s time of 1 hour 15 minutes kept them out of any clashes with supertankers and raised over £1,700 (with funds still arriving) for the BDWSA.
The photo shows Janine and Helen preparing for the off.
- Graham Hill, who along with his colleagues at the Bracklesham Club Golf Society has been a long term supporter of the BDWSA raising over £3,000 across 9 years (including £380 this year), individually undertook an Iron Man triathlon in Roth, Germany, which consisted of a 3.8 kilometre swim, 180K on a bike and a 40K run, which he duly completed in a superb time of 11 hours and 4 minutes. Graham raised £1,215 for the BDWSA through this fantastic effort.
Here is a photo of Graham crossing the finish line accompanied by his daughters.
Our congratulations and thanks go to both, for their fabulous efforts and for undertaking these feats to the benefit of the BDWSA.
I know that some of our supporters are planning equally ambitious plans for fund raising events in the coming year, so good luck and thanks to everyone in advance for all their efforts.
If anyone else has any ideas or desire to put an event together and would like some encouragement, help or assistance please let us know.
Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Phillip, another participant at last weekends Back-Up course at Heron Lake has kindly offered to share his experience with us.
I am a T10 complete paraplegic since an accident in 2005. I previously attended a taster day through the Back Up Trust several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed my experience at that time but due to work and personal commitments I had been unable to go again until Mark contacted me about this most recent course – an opportunity I could not miss! The three day course held over the August bank holiday weekend was a tremendous experience both from a physically challenging point of view and a sociable occasion. The organization and tutoring from all people involved was excellent and my confidence in my ability grew exponentially with each ski. The volunteers showed extreme patience and were always quick with positive words of encouragement. Several of the participants had attended a week long course organised by the Back Up Trust about six weeks prior and I believe that the fact that so many returned for another course so soon is testament to the excellence of this exhilarating sport.
Getting to grips with the basics of water skiing was achieved fairly quickly and I will definitely be returning for more lessons and practice. I shall be going again within the next week or so to continue my learning and hope to be able to help organise another group session over the coming months before the winter sets in.
This is a sport that can be attended almost regardless of a person’s level of injury (speaking from a spinal cord point of view) and the sense of freedom, fun and challenge is most addictive. I would strongly recommend that all disabled people don their wet suit and hit the water for an experience never to be forgotten!
We’d love to hear more stories like this from other people who have enjoyed the sport at different centres around the UK…
Please email us on email@example.com if you have something to say!
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
The sun was out and Heron Lake was in full swing this weekend, welcoming a group of enthusiastic skiers from the Back-Up Trust coached by instructor Mark Goffey.
Several of the group had previously been to Heron Lake earlier this summer on the Back-Up taster course and were keen to have a second go, some were enjoying their first time on the water.
Friday, July 16th, 2010
July 11th to 16th saw one of the most successful ever courses organised by BackUp at Heron Lake. For many years Back Up has offered activity sports such as water skiing or snow skiing to spinally injured people, and has organised courses at Heron Lake and Whitworth. Although this week’s water ski course was not favoured with good weather, everyone had a great time and many were skiing independently by the end.
In the photo left to right back row:-
Alan Pettigrew, Daniel Knowle, Elizabeth Ward, Roger Newth, Michael Robertson, Lindsay Chapman, Chris Tucker, Darren Best, Emma Cunningham, Kylie Grimes, Ben Pickard, James Millard, David Wise, Alex Sly,
Front row left to right:-
Julie Folder, Karen Kenyon, Lian Barnham, Kate Beskeen, Shayn Mepham, Marie Ellis