Take a shot at wheelchair basketball fun with new Easter camps

by Dublin Gazette
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With Easter just around the corner, the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) are promising a wheely good time at their camps in Clontarf.

Open to children of all abilities, the Easter sports camps will give kids between four and 12 years old the chance to play a range of fun sports and games including soccer, archery, basketball, unihockey, parachute games and foam polo – all while making new friends.

The sports camps will be held at the association’s own sports centre on Blackheath Drive in Clontarf. There will be two camps – one running from April 15 to 18, and the second session running from April 23 to 26.

Nicky Hamill, director of IWA Sports, said: “We are delighted to launch our Easter sports camps. [The camps] offer children a great opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and games.

“What differentiates our sports camps from others is the opportunity to enjoy a variety of wheelchair sports and games.

“Our aim is for each child to have lots of fun, make friends, and gain an awareness of disability sport in a fully-inclusive and physically-active environment.”

The camps will take place under the supervision of IWA’s staff in its fully-equipped sports facility, which is also the training ground for some of Ireland’s top paralympians and wheelchair sports athletes.

Dad Joe O’Hara said: “As a parent, I want my children to have fun at such camps and, if possible, to learn something.

“The great strength of the IWA camps is that they achieve both of these things.
“Children who attend the camps are challenged physically and socially, but in an environment that prioritises their enjoyment.

“They come to understand that ability exists on a broad spectrum and have their perceptions of what it means to be competent and capable challenged across a wide range of activities.

“Above all, they are given a different lens through which to look at themselves and their friends, old and new. I can think of no better way for children to spend their time.”

To book a place on the camps, and for further information, see iwasport.com/camps.

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