SPORTS CONNECT WORKSHOP PROGRAM

The sports connect workshop organised by the Fiji Disabled Peoples Organisation(FDPO) in association with the Fiji Sports Commission, was held at the ANZ National Stadium on February 19th 2014.The primary aim of this workshop was to generate a greater awareness amongst sporting federations in Fiji  about the inclusion of disabled people in sports. The main presenters were Jenny Frowd and David Bartholomaeus from the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, accompanied by a guest speaker panel comprising  Joana (Cricket Fiji), Leslie Tikotikoca(FDPO),Anthony Ho(Fiji Table Tennis), Andrew Pene(Fiji Triathlon), Jennifer( Swimming Fiji),Francis Chung(Fiji Paralympics).Henry Stephen and Quintyn Stephen represented the Shooting Association of Fiji(SAF).

The first part of the workshop started with a power point presentation on peoples with disabilities discussing the impact of sports on their lives. They described the benefits of sport in giving them a positive purpose in their families and communities and building their confidence . The families of these disabled athletes  spoke about the positive impact sports had on them as and individual and family member .The rest of the presentation was aimed at informing sporting federations on constructive ways to include disabled people in their sport. This often required special consideration on how events were conducted and facilities designed to accommodate disabled persons. The inclusion of disabled people in sports did not have to be a disruption or burden to how events were run.

SAF invited participants to try Rifle and pistol at the Vatuwaqa Shooting Range on Saturday and Shotgun on Sunday. Some of the participants took up the invitation and attend the following weekend, but only Saturday due to inclement weather on Sunday. In March after attending the NZ DTL Nationals and World DTL Championship Quintyn Stephen interviewed Tony Brogden a disabled Olympic Trap and Double Trap champion(refer interview).




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