Par­a­lympian sup­ports Whit­sun­day ath­letes

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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