Snowboard instructor to hold event for the Deaf in January

Takamatsu Hanako calls for participation in the snowboard event with a poster in a hand.

December 15, 2011

In order to offer Deaf people to enjoy a snowboard, TAKAMATSU Hanako (32), a snowboard instructor whose activities are based in Sapporo in Hokkaido, will hold the "2nd Deaf Smile Snowboard Camp" for the Deaf beginners in the skiing area in Hokkaido on January 7-8, 2012.

Hanako not only competes at the All Japan Technical Championship every year, but works as a Class A instructor qualified by the Japan Snow Boarding Association (JSBA).

She had met a Deaf snowboarder in 2010, and begun to study sign language, which she passed the 5th level sign language examination. Since she wanted to spread a snowboard in the Deaf community, she held the event for the first time last year.

Hanako says, "I think that we can enjoy a snowboard together by writing to cover my poor sign language skill. I would like to make more plan for Deaf people to enjoy snowboarding in future."

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