Paterson, Olivia

Wheelchair Basketball

Olivia organised a Wheelchair Basketball event for her peers in multiple grades for her project. It was a super new, fun and exciting experience for everyone who played! Read her words about it below.

“Topic: How Sports can change Attitudes Towards Disability

Goal: To demonstrate the positive impact that playing and inclusive sport can have on a group of (able-bodied) students and teachers

I was so lucky to be able to organize a Wheelchair Basketball event for my peers and students earlier this year. This was an incredible experience and one which I will always remember. The process of organizing the event was one which I had never done before, and of which was both challenging and rewarding. I had to email numerous members of staff, hold meetings about the logistics of the sessions and constantly email back and forth between parties. Amidst all this I learnt some of the most valuable lessons- to take risks and collaborate with others. Throughout the process I found that I had to step out of my comfort zone in order to achieve my goals, whether that be speaking in assembly or communicating with a group of people. Being able to collaborate with different people was essential my project and I began to become much more confidant with this as the project went on. Without these two vital aspects I would never have been able to organize the event and I am immensely grateful that I had the members of staff that I did to help me through every moment. For those doing their project next year I would advise you to go out of your comfort zone and do something you love because this is where you will learn the most about yourself and what you will be most proud of. “