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.