Three days of fun, fitness and friendships

Three days of fun, fitness and friendships
Posted on Wed 9 Oct 2019

CPA funded a Swimming, Triathlon and Race Running Camp that scored top marks for fun, fitness and friendships. Approximately 35 athletes attended this three day event at Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation in Narrabeen, on Sydney’s northern beaches. Catering for a range of ages, abilities and disabilities, participants arrived from around Sydney and interstate to attend this free event.

For many, the camp was a fantastic introduction to CPA and the innovative sports programs and activities on offer. Race Running was included in the camp for the first time, an innovative sport gaining popularity for disabled people with impaired balance - now a World Para Athletics event.

The health and social benefits of physical activity are well documented, so it’s particularly important for young people living with disability to feel included to participate in sport. The major goals of the camp were having fun, making friends, learning new skills as well as improving fitness. Teamwork and building relationships were more important than winning, and every participant showed an amazing amount of consideration, enthusiasm and kindness. That said, a few personal bests were also achieved and the kids also beat the parents in the grand finale!

Head Coach Peter King said, “It was inspirational to hear the young athletes encouraging each other on, and focussing on the group goals of giving everything a go. For many of the participants this was their first CPA activity, and we hope they have got the bug about joining in more sport, whether that is with us, or in their local community.”

 

What parents and participants said:

“The weekend was action packed, fun-filled and we would love to have future opportunity to do it all again.”

“We love the way participation was open and welcomed the carer to be involved just as much.”

“I just wanted to take the opportunity again to thank you and your team, not only for a wonderful weekend, but for the tremendous work, energy and enthusiasm you have for those young people.”

 

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