Sporting fun for special needs students

Participants at the inclusive sports carnival. Photo: David Baylis. d493579 communitypix.com.au.
Participants at the inclusive sports carnival. Photo: David Baylis. d493579 communitypix.com.au.

AN inclusive carnival has given local children with special needs the chance to compete in fun sporting activities.

The now annual event had students from eight primary schools including Southern Grove, Mt Pleasant, Booragoon, Harrisdale and Ardross converge on Bletchley Park Primary School for WA’s only interschool special needs carnival.

Event organiser and Bletchley Park PS teacher Clint McNerney said students competed in a range of activities including a three legged race, frisbee vortex and tug of war, all modified to allow children of all abilities to have fun.

Students from Bletchley Park Primary School compete in one of the many competitions held on the day of the carnival

“Students with special needs often miss out with interschool events as they are selected on ability,” he said.

“This carnival provided students in mainstream government schools the opportunity to participate at an interschool carnival.

“Students love it as they get to celebrate there different abilities and compete.

“They need to be recognised for there effort and abilities and that there is pathways in sport for students with special needs.”