PISE visiting schools for Paralympic Schools Week


by Louise Hodgson-Jones

February 28, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) will be visiting elementary schools in Greater Victoria next week in honour of Paralympic Schools Week. Partnering with the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS), PISE will be taking wheelchairs into five schools from March 3rd – 6th, so that kids can experience wheelchair sports.

Over the four days 450 kids will be able to experience first-hand the excitement of wheelchair sports. The five elementary schools that are participating are Macaulay, Rogers, Tillicum, Craigflower and David Cameron. PISE and BCWBS will co-deliver the sessions at the schools in P.E. and in after school programs. Kids will also be given Paralympic Schools Week promotional materials from the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

“Our goal is to increase kids’ awareness of wheelchair sports and to promote the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League-BC Basketball Finals happening March 8 and 9th at PISE,” says Kelly Graham, Physical Literacy Coordinator at PISE. “It would be great if we can get the kids excited about wheelchair sports and then have them watch real wheelchair basketball athletes at PISE on the weekend. Kids love playing wheelchair sports.

Whenever we use them in our programs or camps they don’t want to get out of them! It’s great to see the mind set of young people evolving to a place where they see wheelchair sports as just another fun physical activity.”

The schools visit schedule is:

March 3

Macaulay Elementary

After School Program from 2:45-4:45 pm

David Cameron Elementary at PISE

10:00 am-12:00 pm

March 4

Rogers Elementary

P.E. classes from 12:39-2:43 pm

March 5

Tillicum Elementary

P.E. classes from 8:45 am-2:45 pm

After School Program 2:45-4:45 pm

March 6

Craigflower Elementary

P.E. classes from 12:55-2:53 pm

After School Program from 2:53-4:30 pm

Paralympic Schools Week – an initiative of the Canadian Paralympic Committee – is taking place during the 12 days between the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, from February 24th to March 7th.

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