Wheelpower to succeed

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Goulburn Valley Grammar School students wheeled their way into a game of basketball this week with 1996 Summer Paralympics gold medallist Orfeo Cecconato.Mr Cecconato is a presenter for the WheelTalk disability awareness program, which encourages students to think about diversity, acceptance and disability.

The school’s physical education teacher Serrin Monk said the Year 10 class really enjoyed the program.

‘‘They learnt to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and had fun playing from the seat,’’ she said.

Mrs Monk said Mr Cecconato shared stories about his disability and how he described himself as lucky.

‘‘They learnt tolerance and appreciation for the sport, especially the kids who play basketball. They were made aware of the challenges and thought ‘this is actually really hard’,’’ she said.

Years 6 and 8 students also participated in the program, playing up to an hour of wheelchair basketball.