Students put in top effort
FIVE Lockyer District High School, Special Education Program students have returned from the State Championships with many medals under their belt.
The students were part of the Darling Downs School Sporting Team competing in the championships at QEII on October 23.
Among the achievers were: Dean Nielsen (gold-800m, silver-400m, 4th-200m, 5th-shotput), Aaron Low (4th-100m, 4th-200m, 4th-long jump), Tori Farmer (4th-200m, 4th- 400m, 5th-shotput), Claire Coombs (bronze, 200m, 4th-400m) and Karly Staatz (bronze-100m, 4th- 200m).
Lockyer District High School Special Education teacher, Scott Cowan, said the event was highly beneficial to the students.
“It gives them access and equity in sport,” he said
“It gives them the desire to be good at something and do something, which is so important.”
He said his students involvement with the event will have positive benefits.
“In my experience not many of these kids get selected for sporting events such as the state titles, but having the “Athletes With Disabilities”division is a real pathway to things like the Special Olympics.
“It was a great motivator.”
He said other benefits were a little closer to home.
“It was great for the kids that went to have a bit of recognition from the other kids in the school
He said the new “Athletes With Disabilities” division was gaining more support with each year.
“There are more and more students from every region coming,” he said.
“Once more of the 12 regions get in on it, there will be more and more students coming to participate with this event.”
Mr Cowan said the ADW athletics carnival was held during school hours and was designed with many different disabilities in mind.
“The competition is relaxed, because some of the kids don't respond well to high pressure environments,” he said.
“It gives them the change to compete and have fun while engaging with sport.”
He has high hopes for the future of “Athletes with Disabilities” events.
“It's an interesting concept.”