Games help kids see Olympics differently
Children at Tawa Library got the lowdown on the Paralympics and the challenges faced by athletes with disabilities last week.
As part of the free school holiday programme run by Wellington City Council libraries, children were encouraged to have a go at Paralympic sports, take a quiz and listen to athletes’ stories.
New Zealand wheelchair basketball representative Paul Fallon was on hand to help them along.
Librarian Sharyn Phillips said it was good to make young people realise what the Paralympics were all about.
‘‘We contacted [the national body for disability sport] ParaFed and they were really enthusiastic to get more awareness out there. New Zealand has a really strong team across so many different Paralympic sports so this was a chance to teach them about that, learn about something really different.’’
Fallon introduced boccia, a form of bowls, basketball and goalball. The latter had the kids blindfolded and passing a ball with a bell inside it, giving them an idea of what blind players do.
Peekaboo: Ace Vanmoort, 3, unmasks during a game of goalball at Tawa Library.