Stu­dents get a free pass on life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

DIANELLA Par­a­lympian Adam Deans in­spired Church­lands Se­nior High School stu­dents with his story as part of an In­ter­na­tional Day of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity (IDPWD) visit this month.

The 28-year-old wheel­chair bas­ket­ball player, who had his left leg am­pu­tated above the knee fol­low­ing a cancer scare at 17, vis­ited the school to talk to stu­dents about find­ing their life pur­pose, the im­por­tance of qual­ity re­la­tion­ships and build­ing a strong, healthy team cul­ture.

Health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Rob Cross said it was im­por­tant to have the Par­a­lympian, who was part of this year’s Aus­tralian team in Rio, visit the school to share his story and make stu­dents aware of the day.

“It was great to have Adam share his story about what it takes to get the best out of your­self and to in­spire the stu­dents to never give up on their dreams re­gard­less of what ob­sta­cles they face,” he said.

“I hope they came away op­ti­mistic about what they can achieve and the im­por­tance of get­ting the best out of them­selves.”

Deans said he hoped stu­dents would be mo­ti­vated to re­alise their dreams.

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence, sim­ply walk­ing into a school in a green and gold track­suit is al­most enough mo­ti­va­tion for the chil­dren but I am hop­ing that af­ter hear­ing my story about my cancer jour­ney and sport­ing ca­reer it was very mo­ti­vat­ing for them,” he said.

He said days such as IDPWD aimed to broaden peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The visit was run in part­ner­ship with not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Avivo and Church­lands Se­nior High School.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d462899

Par­a­lympian Adam Deam with Ella Craig, Matilda Otto, Chloe Ger­ritse, Kai Hae­mori, Trone Van Wees and Nicholas Carmichael.

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