More than 1000 rise to Challenge
FUN was the name of the game for students with disabilities from across North Queensland as they showcased their athletics skills at the annual Challenge Games.
The Challenge Games is a unique athletics carnival as it covers all disabilities and encourages children to achieve at their own level of ability as well as have fun. More than 1100 young athletes from 85 schools took part in this year’s event, held Wednesday and yesterday at Townsville Sports Reserve.
Children are encouraged to participate in as many events as they want, with activities like frisbee alongside more traditional athletics and a few new inclusions like soccer and Australian rules clinics.
Many of the invitational participants qualified for the state championships in their respective classifications, including long jumper Joshua Morrissey, 17, from Bowen State High School who leapt 4.59m in the TF20 classification.
Kanako Weightman, 13, from Pimlico State High School was also one of the standouts, with a jump of 2.75m in the TS37 classification.