Wheelchair Basketball Provides Unique Experience for Students

14 Sep Wheelchair Basketball Provides Unique Experience for Students

On 14th September, the PE Department was fortunate to have Daniel Foliaki, Mark Sullivan and Mi’i Pepe come into school for a day and work with five different PE classes. They are involved with a small team running a disability awareness programme for high school students that involves using wheelchair basketball as a ‘vehicle’ for helping students have a deeper appreciation of what it is like to have a physical disability, while also having fun. The programme is a collaboration between the Auckland WheelBreakers, Parafed New Zealand and a Charitable Disability Trust – Vaka Tautua.

Mark and Mi’i, who are two Wheelchair Basketball players from the Auckland WheelBreakers, brought along a set of sports wheelchairs and allowed students to try a number of drills and skills- based activities. The students were then divided into teams and played a game with the support of the wheelchair coaches. They then had a short question and answer session about what it is like to live with a disability and the importance of sports and well-being in the lives of both able and disabled people.

Head of the Health & PE faculty, Mr Jardine, who helped coordinate the visit with Daniel said, “The day was a great success! This was a unique experience and one that had a positive message about coping with and accepting disability.”

The students also really enjoyed the experience and came away with a better appreciation of what it is like for people in wheelchairs as well as seeing disability in a different light and understating some of the opportunities available to people with disabilities.

 



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