PacificSport VI Wheelkids is proud to be featured in the latest issue of Transition, the Magazine of Disability Alliance BC.
WheelKids is an exciting physical literacy program for kids aged 5–12 (wheeled or not) to improve their physical capabilities, as well as their social and emotional skills. Before kids learn to play sports like basketball and rugby, they need to learn how to manoeuvre their wheelchairs to throw and catch, and how to rely on their teammates. Through active games and play, our PacificSport WheelKids program provides FUNdamental movement skills in a safe and FUN environment for all kids.
Participants have the opportunity to bring a friend or family member (wheeled or not) to share in the experience. We want to enhance kids’ enjoyment of physical activity and games, by helping them gain the confidence, competence, and motivation to learn and be active for life. We also want to develop a sustainable program in four communities that will be adopted and maintained by a local organization. PacificSport Vancouver Island launched its pilot program in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. And, with the help of DABC, and other funders and partners, we have now expanded to include three new communities in the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Parksville/Qualicum.
WheelKids is a unique program that achieves a rare feat–true inclusion in physical activity. All participants, as well as their siblings, parents and friends—regardless of ability and fitness level—will be challenged through the drills and games put on by their coaches.
From a WheelKids parent: “It’s hard to put into words what WheelKids has meant to our family. It is one of the first activities that has allowed our son to be fully involved, without limitations, boundaries, or being the ‘odd’ one out”.
To read the full article and the full Winter Issue of Transition, please follow this link! There are many more exciting programs from accross British Columbia highlighted in the issue, including our neighbours at FoodShare Nanaimo!