Games help kids see Olympics dif­fer­ently

Kapi-Mana News - - NEW - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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