Paralympian supports Whitsunday athletes
LOCAL paralympian David Nicolas presented nine students from Proserpine State High School Special Education Centre with a trophy at the 19th annual North Queensland Challenge Games in Townsville.
More than 800 students from as far north as Port Douglas to Mount Isa, Serena and the Whitsundays recently participated in the two-day athletics event for students with a disability.
The students participated in various events including sprints, relays, shot-put throw, soccer, frisbee and vortex throwing, ball games, long jump and sitting volleyball.
Special Education teacher Karen Mahood said all students were proud to receive colourful ribbons for their achievements and were delighted to receive a trophy of participation from Mr Nicholas.
Teacher’s aid Michelle White said the Challenge Games was an important event because it placed all students on the same level.
“Some students have behavioural issues and it is often a result of being bullied in school but when they go away to the games they are around students who also have a disability,” she said.
“It is extremely positive because they all share the mindset that participation is everything, so it’s a very supportive environment where they can be themselves.”
Members of the Australian Defence Force and players from the North Queensland Cowboys volunteered throughout the event and helped push wheelchair bound athletes around the courses.
Students also enjoyed dining at Sizzlers, Ten Pin Bowling, a school disco and having fun staying at Big4 park while staying in Townsville.
Ms Mahood said accompanying staff were impressed with all students’ interest and ability in individual and team games with good sportsmanship displayed by everyone.
GROUP EFFORT: Local Paralympian David Nicolas presented Proserpine State High School Special Education students Maddie Fox and Bailey Condon with a trophy for participation at the North Queensland Challenge Games in Townsville.