Despite the temperature below zero outdoors, all people attending the opening ceremony of the 59th winter season at the Gornyi Vozdukh Sports and Tourism Complex today were in exceptionally high spirits. One of the main winter holidays of the region gathered skiers, snowboarders, as well as those who just lead an active lifestyle.
Participants of the event greatly enjoyed the performance of puppet characters at the Gornyi Vozdukh Complex sites — the deer, the sea lion, the polar fox (the symbols of the Children of Asia, the first winter international sports games), Senya and his friend, Vaska the Cat (the main characters of the animated videos and comics of the Safety is important! programme, implemented by Sakhalin Energy.
The guests of the Complex were happy to be photographed together with these special participants of the holiday, and willingly answered the questions of the safety quiz. The ‘volunteers of the mountain’, who can rightfully be called promoters of safe behaviour on the mountain slopes, actively facilitated the general communication.
Last winter, Sakhalin Energy and Gornyi Vozdukh Complex jointly initiated the My Contribution to the Development of the Island project, launched during the winter season. Its participants — volunteers — received special training, conducted by employees of the company. Sakhalin Energy experts organised and held a safety workshop, where they shared best practices developed over more than 20 years of the Sakhalin-2 project implementation.
According to Tatiana Derivedmid, Head of Social Performance at Sakhalin Energy, the collaboration in this area will continue. “Moreover, it will be developed further. During the Eastern Economic Forum in September this year, Sakhalin Energy and the Sakhalin Oblast Government signed a Memorandum of Intent, which serves as a basis for partnership in the field of socio-economic development of the region within the framework of the Gornyi Vozdukh Sports and Tourism Complex project. The Memorandum underlines, among other things, the importance of developing the volunteer movement,” she added.
Today one can see information stands on the sites of the Gornyi Vozdukh Complex, installed as part of the Safety During Mountain Skiing project. They feature the well-known characters Senya and Vaska the Cat, who explain how to choose the right track, what equipment to get for skiing or snowboarding, and how to behave on the slopes and when riding a ski lift.
24 December 2018