School steps up
CHILDREN with autism are striding forward thanks to Marangaroo Primary School’s specialist programs. The school has a program for children diagnosed with autism, as well as physical education, performing arts and Indonesian as its language. Elite runner Isaac Birir (38) has been coaching athletics at the school this month in the lead-up to the athletics carnival on August 31.
Mr Birir said many children did not know they were good at athletics and he was discovering a lot of talent.
“I see a lot of athletic talent in terms of running, jumping and throws,” he said.
“I’m teaching them the technique of running.
“A lot of kids have the talent but they don’t know how to do it and they are wasting a lot of energy.
“If they have the right technique, they improve their time.”
The Balga resident said he was also teaching students techniques for the long jump and the triple jump through the Athletics Australia program.
Funded through the Federal Sporting Schools Australia program, the coaching clinics are run two days a week at Marangaroo Primary and on Mondays at Queens Park Primary.
Deputy principal Wally Malanczak said the school’s three classes for children with autism were taking part in the training with mainstream classes.
Mr Malanczak said they had already seen progress among the children with autism as they learned to kick, throw and catch balls.
Isaac Birir is teaching Marangaroo Primary School students running techniques.
Elite runner Isaac Birir (38) has been coaching athletics at the school.