From Year 9 and 10 PASS Teacher, Kaitlyn Downey
During Week 2 this term, students from the Year 9 and 10 PASS (Physical Activity and Sports Studies) classes participated in a range of activities in relation to the Invictus Games and adaptive sports. On Wednesday 24 October, students were lucky enough to have the Wheelchair Basketball Roadshow come and talk to them about disability sports and about the causes of spinal injuries. They were also able to take part in a game of wheelchair basketball. Although they enjoyed this experience thoroughly, they also took away with them an appreciation of how lucky they are to have full use of their own bodies.
On Thursday 25 October, the students also ventured out to Sydney Olympic Park to watch the athletics at the Invictus Games. It was out here that they were able to marvel at mental and physical strength of our service personnel who were injured in the line of duty. Many students commented throughout the day about the resilience shown by these athletes and how impressive their spirit and perseverance was.
These students also spent the week participating in a range of adaptive sports in their PASS classes. These activities included seated volleyball and goal ball. Learning to play sport without their sight and without the use of their legs was an experience the students will not soon forget.