• Shayna Gavin, Splash Principal Physiotherapist

Adaptive rock climbing

We are looking at developing a rock climbing opportunity for Splash kids in our sports and recreation intensives.


I participated in training recently in adaptive climbing and we are looking at options to train our team, work in partnership with rock climbing organisations and skilled helpers to offer rock climbing for people with varied access needs. You may be surprised what you can do, and what you may enjoy!


While this is a work in progress, please talk with your physio if this is something you may be interested in!


Image description left to right:

  1. side climbers assist lower limb positioning for a climber. Each climber has a belayer assisting them. A supervisor observes.

  2. side climbers assists positioning on the descent for a climber. Each climber has a belayer assisting them. A supervisor observes.

  3. some of the modifications that can be used in belaying to provide additional assistance to a Disabled climber



Shayna Gavin is a physiotherapist who is passionate about helping babies, children and young people learn functional skills so they can participate in life at home, school and in their community. Recognising that children do best in their own environments, she visits homes, schools, and leisure activities from football fields to ballet classes. She also has daily aquatic physiotherapy sessions available at two private swimming schools in Moonee Ponds and Greensborough, Melbourne. She combines principles of paediatric physiotherapy, Contemporary Neuro Developmental Treatment, motor learning, and swimming teaching to address the individual needs of each child and their family. She loves providing professional development to physiotherapists, allied health and education professionals, allied health assistants and swimming teachers.

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