By JULIA ILES
AN adventurous family from the Canadian Rocky Mountains have moved to Grafton for a year as part of a teaching exchange.
Patty Wortsley, of Fernie, British Columbia, has traded places with the Grafton High physical education teacher, Viv Nichols.
"In 2003 we went to Whangamata in New Zealand and wanted to come to Australia before the triplets were in their senior years of high school," Mrs Wortsley said.
Mrs Wortsley, her husband Glen, son Kris and two daughters, Ada and Nicky, arrived in Grafton three weeks ago.
"We are getting involved pretty quickly ? two of my kids are playing basketball and I am playing volleyball," she said.
The Wortsleys are keen skiers and in Fernie have a pond in their backyard where they can iceskate, while Glen worked as a heli-skier.
"It involves guiding a group of 12 skiers down the mountain after being dropped on top by a helicopter," he said.
They all surf, and 14-year-old Kris enjoys going out to Minnie Water with his short board.
"I've tried to play cricket, but am just not skilled in it," Ada said.
Nicky has found her classmates to be very friendly, more so than in New Zealand she said.
Mrs Wortsley teaches PE, health and junior social studies to students at Grafton High, where her children also attend.