Westbury pupils team up for Paralympics experience

This Is Wiltshire: Paralympian swimmer David Hill, centre, with Matravers sports GCSE student George Harford and  some pupils from Bitham Brook Primary School, who are about to try playing blind football Paralympian swimmer David Hill, centre, with Matravers sports GCSE student George Harford and some pupils from Bitham Brook Primary School, who are about to try playing blind football

Youngsters from primary schools across Westbury tried out some Paralympic sports at Matravers School and learned more about Olympic values.

As well as taking part in seated volleyball, boccia and goalball sessions, the children from the six Matravers feeder schools learned about Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality from swimmer David Hill.

Mr Hill, of Melksham, trains at the University of Bath and took part in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Children each wrote a pledge for how they would uphold one of those values in their daily life.

Head of PE Louise Taylor said: “We want to keep the momentum of the Paralympic Games going, helping the children to understand about disabilities and disability sports.

“They can build these values into their everyday lives; it is not just about sport.”

The event followed on from the previous week, when Matravers students played wheelchair basketball and other parasports.

Students were sent a message from gold medal winning triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, wishing them an enjoyable week of parasports.

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