Students across ACC schools today were challenged to disable stereotypes, overcome challenges and be more inclusive in celebrating and raising awareness on International Day of People with Disabilities.
The day started with St Norbert College student Tegan Reder speaking to Corpus Christi students about overcoming disabilities and getting active in the pool. Tegan, 16, who has been blind since birth, has represented WA 26 times, breaking 7 Australian swimming records. Also from St Norbert College, international wheelchair fencer Thomas Rogers spoke to students from John XXIII College before jumping on court and participating in a fantastic wheelchair and vision impaired session run by the team at Tennis West.
Former Sacred Heart College student Madison Heady, middle distance runner and ACC record holder with cerebral palsy, spoke to students at Newman College, inspiring them to be more inclusive and to get involved in sport, before joining in some fun sporting activities.
John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School embraced the day with a hotly contested student vs teachers game of the Paralympic sport Goalball. The day finished with 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the 100m and recent graduate from Mater Dei College Rhiannon Clarke, speaking to students at Sacred Heart College before joining them for a sports session of Paralympic-inspired games.
Thank you to all the students, teachers and athletes for embracing the day, disabling stereotypes and continuing to show the importance of inclusion in ACC schools.