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.

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