Wheelchair sports session at Newbridge’s Holy Family

The Holy Family Secondary School in Newbridge played host to the Irish Wheelchair Association for a wheelchair sports session involving transition year students last month.

The Holy Family Secondary School in Newbridge played host to the Irish Wheelchair Association for a wheelchair sports session involving transition year students last month.

In all, two TY class groups got to experience the game of basketball amongst other activities from the perspective of a wheelchair user.

The girls involved used sports adapted wheelchairs to engage in an active, fun filled class.

They also learnt how to manoeuvre the wheelchairs and react to different situations encountered on the court under the guidance of IWA representative and wheelchair user, Mark Barry.

The aim of the exercise was to create greater awareness amongst young people of the sporting possibilities open to the physically disabled individual.

It also sought to enhance students’ appreciation of participation levels attainable in PE classes by wheelchair users as well as potential means of integration.

At the end of the session, each group was invited to assist the IWA with their various voluntary projects and to get involved with wheelchair sports sessions over the summer months in Dublin .

Overall, it was a successful, enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved.