Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow rolls into Scone to teach disability awareness

ROLL ON: Scone Public School students experienced basketball on wheels during one of the sessions at the Scone Basketball Stadium on Monday.
ROLL ON: Scone Public School students experienced basketball on wheels during one of the sessions at the Scone Basketball Stadium on Monday.

UPPER Hunter students and Upper Hunter Shire Council staff experienced a game of basketball with a difference on Monday. 

Taking part in the Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow, the students were given a taste of the similarities and differences between wheelchair sport and the able-bodied equivalent.

They experienced the challenges of competing in sport with a disability but also the positives while being active and enjoying themselves.

Council’s sports participation Nicky Western said the event, which was held at the Scone Basketball Stadium, was in its third year and is part of a wider awareness program.

“The Roadshow runs two programs, one is a school road safety program for students to teach them the consequences of taking risks on the road,” she said.

“The other is the disability sport program to give them a taste of wheelchair sport.

“Pretty much all of the kids we’ve had today have just rocked up got into a wheel chair and enjoyed themselves – it was all their first time. 

“But competitive kids are just competitive!”

The day included students from Scone High School, Scone Public School and St Josephs Aberdeen, embracing the opportunity and challenge.

It was held on December 3 which is the annual International Day of People with Disability, aiming to empower people’s lives and promote inclusiveness and equality.

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