And for the first time, The Woden School’s student events team Party Down Productions will be putting on a lunchtime Dance Party at the AIS as part of the ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ sports day.
Children with a disability are not always easily included in sporting activities at a local level. But the benefits of physical activity are common for all children. When thinking about children with a disability:
- 1 in 5 people in Australia have a disability.
- People with a profound disability are 9 times less likely to participate in activities outside the home.
- Almost 80% of school principals reported not having enough resources to meet the needs of children with a disability
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Organisation of event
In 2000, the ACT Paralympic Council saw the need for inclusion of people with a disability in sport. Together with Snedden Hall & Gallop Managing Director, Richard Faulks, who was on the Council board, an annual community event was created. The ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ athletics carnival is an event specifically designed for children with a disability.
A unique athletics carnival designed just for children with a disability can be rewarding and fulfilling, not only for the children but also their teachers, carers and parents.
“I would like to pass on our thanks for the ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ day, our children thoroughly enjoyed it and we are really appreciative of your great organisation, the children’s presents and the kindness everyone showed our children.”
Teacher in a Canberra School Autism Unit
The carnival is now in it’s 17th year and is organised by Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers.
Jayden Sawyer, who won a javelin gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships in London this year. Jayden is an Australian para athlete who competes mainly in the F38 category in throwing events. He also won a bronze medal at the World Para Champs.
Louise Ellery: an Australian Paralympic athlete, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former world record holder in F32 Shot Put for elite athletes with a disability. Louise broke the world record in shot put at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, won silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she won a bronze medal.
Sue Powell: multiple Olympic medallist, Sue Powell won Australia’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Her gold came in the Women’s Individual Pursuit C4, setting a new world record in the process. She also won a silver medal in the Women’s Individual Pursuit C4. She was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2014 for service to sport. Sue represented Australia at Rio 2016, where she competed in four events and medalled in two, winning silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the road time trial. Her silver medal was Australia’s first of the Rio Games.