Snow time like present for some Nordic sports

Residents take part in cross-skating at Nordic Sports Australia’s previous event.
Residents take part in cross-skating at Nordic Sports Australia’s previous event.

NORDIC Sports Australia is bringing a taste of popular European snow activities to South Perth, but with a summery twist.

South Perth will play host to a free family event this Saturday, where all participants are welcome for a morning of roller skiing, cross-skating and Nordic walking.

And while these might not be the most well-known activities, Nordic Sports Australia head coach Hannes Holly said it’s the closest WA could get to winter sports.

“I’m Austrian and I came over here about 10 years ago and I wanted to implement something from there here in WA,” he said.

“Back in Austria we have snow, so all these activities mimic the same muscles you’d use in winter sports, in summer.”

Combining walking with a simple technique using specially designed poles, Nordic walking provides a full body workout that strengthens muscles and bones, while roller-skiing is cross country skiing without snow.

“Roller skiing is exactly like cross country skiing, but it’s for summer,” Mr Holly said.

“It’s as close as you can get to skiing in Australia really, during this hot weather.”

The free event will kick off from 9.30am at the Boatshed Café in South Perth, with all ages welcome.

“Nordic walking, roller skiing and cross skating are sports well known in Europe for great health and fitness benefits and we are the only business qualified to teach people in Perth,” Mr Holly said.

“While kids and younger adults may use skis and skates, we run Nordic pole walking demos for the older generation; some walkers are in their mid 80s and 90s.”

For more information or to book, contact nordicsportsaustralia@|gmail.com.