Multi-sport day was multi-fun
MULTI-SPORTS: Fun was the name of the game on Thursday as local children with disabilities tested their skills in a range of sports.
Communities NSW (Sport and Recreation division) hosted a Disability Multi-sport day for children from primary and secondary schools.
Development officer, North Coast Sport and Recreation, Sharyn Anderson said the day provided an opportunity for children to become involved in sport.
“They were able to try Little Athletics, as well as modified AFL, football, rugby league, and even javelin,” she said.
“A lot of schools cancelled because of the heat but those who did come have been full of praise and are hopeful that it will become an annual event.”
Alan Skipper of Maclean High School said the day was good for the kids to be ‘out and socialising through sport with other schools’.
“They’re having fun and socialising with other schools,” he said.
“They have their chosen sport at school but it’s usually with mainstream students.”
Biala Special School principal, Bhavni Stewart, said it was a positive for the children from Biala.
“Our children don’t get a lot of opportunities like this to participate with others in team sports,” she said.
“Because we’re a small school, we don’t offer the expertise that other schools can.
“If we could come along and participate in a day like this say, twice a year, the children would be better for it.
“It’s really an inclusive day.
“We do have a sports day with one of the local high schools but it would be better for the children if we had that as well as a day like this.
“This has also been a great opportunity for the children to meet the coaches in the respective sports.”
Some schools did not attend the day because of the extreme heat Lismore has been experiencing, but those that did were relieved to learn that next year’s event will be held in early September.