Thirty rangatahi from Tolaga Bay Area School, Gisborne Girls High School, Ritana/Lytton High School and Campion College took part in the Remarkable Games on Thursday.
“The event was fantastic, enjoyable and well organised” Said Ritana/Lytton High School Lead Teacher Rongomaiwhiti Debbie McClutchie.
“All our students that have complex needs had so much fun. Congratulations to the organisers of such a positive, and vibrant vibe. That activity is so needed for our students. One of our students said, ‘Let’s do it again!’”
The Remarkable Games is facilitated by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti in collaboration with sporting codes to provide our tamariki whaikaha (disability) community a safe, supportive environment where the rangatahi can be their unique selves and have some fun.
“We were stoked to be a part of the Remarkable Games, meeting new people and having fun with the rangatahi. Everyone who came, came with an awesome energy, which made the day” Said Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Manawakura Advisor Courtney Stubbins.
The event consisted of an obstacle course, modified netball, boccia, and the highlight amongst the rangatahi was the rainbow parachute.
“This event really showcased the beauty of sport and how it can bring young people together in such a positive way. “ Said Gisborne Netball Centre Youth Development Officer Monique McLeod.
“Some basic modifications of the game enabled every young person to feel success and joy while participating. The energy in the gym was so infectious. The smiles and loud cheers, the teamwork and encouragement on court, it was sport at its best and so much fun to be a part of.”
“We really enjoyed being part of an awesome event, it’s not the activities that make it, it’s the smiles on the tamariki faces” said Regional Development Coordinator for Parafed Gisborne Tairāwhiti Louise Ellery.