CHAMP A SPUR TO GET KIDS ROLLING
Australian Paralympian Matthew Cameron was on hand to help launch the event yesterday afternoon and games chairwoman Lynne Derry said it was great to have the wheelchair racer back for the second year running.
“Matt started his career at the Challenge Games and last year he was really great for the kids so we decided to ask him back,” she said.
“They look at him and think that if he can do it, we can do it, and it’s definitely going to be a very special few days for everyone involved.
“It’s a unique carnival because there is nothing like it in Australia that is open to children of all disabilities and our main focus is always fun and participation.”
Children are encouraged to participate in as many events as they like and those who display a qualifying time in a particular field are encouraged to enter the invitational events to qualify for the upcoming state championships.
Students can compete in traditional track and field events as well as ball games, soccer, volleyball and modified events including the wheelchair slalom, sitting volleyball and shot roll.
The Challenge Games opening ceremony is on from 10.30am today.
PACE SETTER: Two- time Paralympian and bronze medal winning wheelchair sprinter Matthew Cameron will help launch the Challenge Games at
Townsville Sports Reserve.