School steps up

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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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Isaac Birir is teach­ing Maranga­roo Pri­mary School stu­dents run­ning tech­niques.

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Elite run­ner Isaac Birir (38) has been coach­ing ath­let­ics at the school.

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