Up to around a hundred people both the disable and able participated in the wheelchair basketball demonstration held at the Multipurpose Hall yesterday.
Members of the Solomon Islands disability said they enjoyed the day very much as it will also be their first time to play basketball at the Multipurpose Hall a venue which usually held most of the big basketball events in Honiara city.
“It is very interesting and had a lot of fun and I know every other people with disability who are here today (yesterday) are also very happy.
“Now that I understand the game I will continue to play it whenever I can, it helps a lot in keeping from staying at home all the time,” Francis Farage a person with disability said.
Another participant, a female with disability, Janet Sibale said it was encouraging to see people with disabilities taking part along with the ones with disability.
“To see an able person taking part in the event was very encouraging, it shows that there are people out there who care and understands that people with disability can do what able people are able to do,” she said.
Also in attendance was Solomon Islands very first Paralympian, Helen Saohaga.
Participants of the day saw a huge number of able people taking part which includes prominent members of the basketball federation in the Solomon Islands.
It was an opportunity for all who attended to actually feel and taste the game of wheelchair basketball at its best.
The event was organised by the Paralympics Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands People with Disability Association and the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation.
It is a first of its kind to be initiated in the country, conducted by Curtis Palmer, an Australian paralympian, who had been to four consecutive Paralympics games.
Curtis is a gold medallist in the Athens Paralympics Games, a bronze medallist in Atlanta and Sydney including the Beijing Paralympics Games.
By Carlos Aruafu
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