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National Vision Sports Inclusion Games

National Vision Sports Inclusion Games

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On Friday, October 12th, Dargan 4 (TY) went to Trinity College, Dublin where we volunteered at the National Vision Sports Ireland Inclusion Games. Our class was accompanied by Ms Fitzgerald – TY Year Head and Mr Dobbyn. This fantastic event brings able-bodied and visually impaired people together for a day of sport and friendship building. Although the event was open to people of all ages it is specifically aimed at primary school children.

After assembly we got a bus from school into Trinity College. Upon arrival we were welcomed by the event organisers and everyone received a yellow T-shirt and a map so that we wouldn’t get lost in the impressive campus. We then went to the opening of the games where we listened to many inspirational people speak such as the world’s fastest Paralympian, Jason Smyth. Following the opening ceremony, we were split into groups and assigned various activities to help with. Activities included athletics, soccer, swimming, tennis and golf.

Many of the activities were modified in some way which allowed those who are visually impaired and those who are able bodied to participate in the same activities together. When playing tennis, for example, the tennis balls contained balls which meant that those who could not clearly see the balls could hear the balls. This allowed some children to experience the joy and camaraderie of being part of a sports team and encouraged them to focus on playing with their pears and taking part, an opportunity some might not get to experience on a regular basis.

After our first activity, we had lunch. Lunch bags were provided for us and we had the opportunity to interact with the children from all the different schools during this time. We then assisted with the clean-up before being assigned a new activity. We stayed at this activity for the remainder of our day.

We all left with the great feeling that we had made a difference after a fantastic day, filled with positivity and happiness. Overall it was an eye-opening experience which proved that you shouldn’t let disabilities hold you back. It was extremely enjoyable, and I would highly recommend everyone to help out at another similar event if you are ever given the opportunity to do so. On behalf of Dargan 4, I would like to thank our Year Head – Ms Fitzgerald and Mr Dobbyn for all their efforts in organising such a memorable experience for us.

Written by Aoife Kelly – Dargan 4

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