Students with disabilities get to train with Titans player

CATCHING ON: NRL community officer Kel Menchin and friend pass the ball at the Multi Sports Day at Lennox Head.
CATCHING ON: NRL community officer Kel Menchin and friend pass the ball at the Multi Sports Day at Lennox Head.

THE North Coast School Sports Unit held its Multi Sports Day for students with disabilities at Lake Ainsworth on Monday.

Students from schools from Casino to Terranora attended.

Gold Coast Titans Under-20s player Sam Swift joined in for the modified rugby league and had a ball with the students.

Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre manager, Jason Dwyer said the event was a fantastic initiative.

"It's great to see students with disabilities out there enjoying some of the sports available on the north coast," Mr Dwyer said.

"I'd love to see it happen more often and frankly, I'd love to facilitate that."

Activities included modified cricket, golf, rugby league, soccer and wheelchair basketball.

Department of Education and Communities Sports Officer Jenny Warren said the event gave the children an opportunity to participate in sport.

"Many relevant sporting bodies have given these students opportunities to participate with other students in team sports," Ms Warren said.

"Because of that, we've introduced them to a variety of activities and sports they may not otherwise be able to access on the one day at the one venue."

Casino High Special Education Unit teacher Emily Attard said the event gave a lot of students with disabilities the opportunity to be included in sport.

"This is different from school in that they're mixing with students from other schools and making new friends in team sports," Ms Attard said.

"The facilities here are fantastic. At school, we can't give them things like wheelchair basketball."

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