More than 1000 rise to Chal­lenge

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

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.

OFF TO A FLYER: Eric Buck­ley, 17, of the Townsville Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­tre in the frisbee event; ( right) Dy­lan Hill, 11, of Holy Spirit School and ( far right) Jacob Ro­den, 7, of An­nan­dale State School. Pic­tures: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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