Halberg Sportability and Adaptive Cricket Day a Great Success
November 22, 2017 at 4:47 PM
It was an absolute pleasure today to host the Halberg Sportability Day at the Boys’ School for the eight consecutive year; a day that gives students with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy and shine in a range of tailored sports events, assisted by our own Year 8 student mentors.
Over 60 disabled, young sportspeople, from 25 different schools around the Auckland region competed against each other in ability-appropriate sports, including gymnastics, ambulant football, wheelchair racing, athletics, pop tennis, cycling and more. The adaptive sports allowed our visitors to ‘have a go’ at something new.
Along with enhancing the lives of physically disabled children through sport, the day also aims to involve our own Year 8 boys in a service element. Our boys diligently played their part in assisting their visitors when and where needed, alongside the families and staff from their support networks. Staff from the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, who had helped organise the event, were also on hand.
Meanwhile, other Year 8 boys were down at Bloodworth Park in Parnell, involved with the Adaptive Cricket Day run by Parnell Cricket Club. These boys, too, were on hand to assist physically disabled youngsters with an adapted game of cricket. They worked through a set of drills before joining in a game.
We were proud to witness the boys taking responsibility of their physically disabled peers, showing compassion and spirit as they helped them perfect their sports techniques, encouraging them and sharing in their triumphs.
Thank you to all students who helped to make the day run smoothly, and thanks also to our Parents and Friends who were on hand to help serve a rolling morning tea and a barbecue lunch. We hope our visitors enjoyed their day!
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