By Melissa Sheil
OUTDOORS WA honoured the passion and calibre of two Kalamunda based organisations at its awards ceremony last week.
Disabled off-road cycling non-profit Break the Boundary and Kalamunda High School’s Outdoor Adventure program scooped up wins in two competitive categories of the 2020 WA Outdoor Recreation Sector Awards.
Break the Boundary, based at Calamunnda Camel Farm, won the Encouraging Participation Award and were selected as finalists for the Outstanding Organisation Award.
The non-profit association won the award for providing nature-based cycling and trail running opportunities for people living with a disability, helping them break their physical, mental and social boundaries to engage with the outdoors and the wider community.
Break the Boundary deputy chair Wade Jarvis believes it is the uniqueness of their program that secured the award.
“Nothing like our off-road program is offered anywhere else in Australia,” he said.
“We take people that have endured life changing trauma beyond what’s considered possible and combine community, nature and recreation to help them heal.
“This award helps us reflect and appreciate the generosity and kindness from our volunteers who keep coming back because they want to be part of the change in people’s lives.”
Kalamunda Senior High School won the Outstanding Contribution to Outdoor Learning Award in a draw with Hale School and KSHS outdoor education teacher, Dale Watson was a finalist for the Outstanding Outdoor Practitioner Award.
“Our program is unique in the way it introduces students to a full outdoor education curriculum, not just the hard skills,” said Mr Watson.
“Drawing with Hale for this award and myself being runner up practitioner leaves no doubt that KSHS is one of the premier outdoor education schools in the State.”
Since 2007, the school has run the Outdoor Adventure Program for Years 7 to 10, introducing outdoor skills such as orienteering, kayaking and expedition management as well as annual two-day trips to the Munda Biddi, Bibbulmun Track and Cape to Cape.
The program can be continued into senior school.
It consistently produces high scoring results – in 2018, the top three Outdoor Education ATAR students were from Kalamunda Senior High School.
Outdoors WA acknowledged the diversity and passion of all nominees.