Mobility Program for vision-impaired children ventures to NSW Origin Camp

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Participants in the Guide Dogs' Mobility Adventures program took a special detour from their scheduled activities when they visited the NSW State of Origin camp in Coffs Harbour. The children took to the training field with NSW Origin stars including Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, Josh Morris and Trent Hodkinson.

Our partnership with Guide Dogs' NSW, along with nib's sponsorship of the NSW State of Origin team, has provided a unique opportunity for participants in the Mobility Adventures program on the NSW North Coast.

Three program participants took a special detour from their scheduled activities when they visited the NSW Blues camp in Coffs Harbour in the lead up to game three of the State of Origin series.

They joined NSW Origin players Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, Josh Morris and Trent Hodkinson on the training field to take part in a physical skill-building exercise, which included throwing and catching a rugby league shaped ball with bells embedded in it. The players also wore a pair of low-vision glasses to experience the challenges of vision impairment.

Mobility Adventures, supported by nib foundation, is a program developed specifically for children and teenagers who are blind or vision impaired. It gives the participants the opportunity to improve their physical ability, self-planning and social skills in a supportive group environment.

After the Origin camp visit, the participants regrouped for some fun mobility activities and beach games in Coffs Harbour. Throughout the year Guide Dogs provides various skill development and social activities for children with vision impairment.