Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

STU­DENTS from Aus­tralind and Har­vey Se­nior High schools played basketball from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on De­cem­ber 5, tak­ing part in wheel­chair basketball work­shops.

As part of the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil’s Dis­abil­ity Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Plan, the work­shops were or­gan­ised through Re­bound WA’s Wheel LIFE pro­gram led by Aus­tralian wheel­chair basketball Par­a­lympian Am­ber Mer­ritt.

Ms Mer­rit has rep­re­sented Australia in wheel­chair basketball for nine years in­clud­ing as a sil­ver medal­list at the 2012 Sum­mer Par­a­lympics in Lon­don.

She said she worked to pro­mote dis­abil­ity aware­ness, with the aim to change per­cep­tions of dis­abil­ity in the com­mu­nity.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to have a lot of fun so kids can see that be­ing in a wheel­chair is not the end of your life,” Ms Mer­rit said.

“It doesn’t change any­thing, it just changes how you view things a lit­tle bit and how you might go about things in your life.

“It’s about chal­leng­ing and do­ing things a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent.”

Held at the Leschenault Leisure Cen­tre and the Har­vey Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre, at­ten­dees en­joyed a num­ber of ex­er­cises af­ter learn­ing the ba­sics, in­clud­ing wheel­chair tag, be­fore fin­ish­ing up with a friendly game of basketball.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Wheel­chair basketball Par­a­lympian Am­ber Mer­rit, cen­tre, shares tips with Aus­tralind Se­nior High School Year 8 stu­dents Bai­ley Brook, Pat Ma­jew­ski, Jor­dan Couper and Cass Strauss.

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