Carnival that gives goose bumps
MORE than 400 students were at Ray Owen Sporting Complex last week for the biggest basketball carnival of its kind in Australia.
Students from 15 education support schools (ESC) formed 30 teams for its ninth year of competition, organised by Kalamunda Senior High School officer Chris Saligari.
Schools from Northam to Duncraig, Cockburn and Armadale attended the carnival and 33 medals were handed out to schools to present. Cannington Community ESC won the division 1 cup and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus ESC took out division 2 and 3.
Cannington Community Education Support Centre principal Andrew Wilson said they had participated in all the carnivals since they began.
“The event just keeps getting bigger and better and is a source of school pride for the students,” he said.
“Students with disabilities have skills, talents, and desires. Watching sport in its truest essence gives me goose bumps; I am so proud of the students and everyone involved.
“Our parents loved cheering on their kids and we will be back to defend the title.”
Ms Saligari started the event when she saw how much students from the Kalamunda SHS ESC loved basketball.
“We held our first basketball carnival in 2010 with seven schools and 14 teams,” she said.
“It is an opportunity for students to play a regular basketball game, learn ball skills, team work and to shoot goals.”
Perth Wildcats Jesse Wagstaff and Greg Hire mingled with students.