written by Indiana
Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of meeting the coach of the Canadian Ladies' Olympic Wheelchair Basketball team. It was a nice experience. We learned that even if you are in a wheelchair, you can participate in all of the sports that able bodied people can do. The Paraolympics are held right after the Olympic Games. Para means parallel to the able bodied Olympics...meaning the same sports, similar places and the same team spirit. The Paraolympics and the Olympics give ALL people the chance to shine!
Even if you are able bodied, you can be involved in wheelchair sports, too. It was cool because the teachers played a game of
wheelchair basketball. The crowd was loud with cheers. Some kids were able to try out wheelchair basketball and noodle tag during the assembly. The wheelchairs stayed at our school for a week. We really enjoyed using the wheelchairs in gym class. We played basketball using a bucket instead of the hoops because we are not professionals. While we were in the wheelchairs, we wished that we could play wheelchair sports on a daily basis. It was very good exercise for our arms and our core (stomach muscles.)
This was one of the best experiences of 2013!!!