Our schools athletics carnivals are coming soon!
The State Sports Centre and Blacktown International Sports Park will be buzzing in August and September as over 200 students with disability attend the annual Northcott primary and high school athletics carnivals. Students from schools around Sydney and the Central Coast will have the opportunity to compete in adapted and traditional track and field events at the carnivals.
Leon Taylor’s son Jaxon has muscular dystrophy and really enjoys taking part in the event. As Leon says, “These carnivals are so important because they give kids with disability the chance to play and compete with others on a level playing field. It’s also a chance for them to try something new and just enjoy themselves.”
While one school will be crowned carnival winner and some students will have their eye on getting first place, the emphasis of the carnivals isn’t on winning. The aim of the carnivals is to introduce students to athletics and allow them to compete in adaptable events that suit their ability, all the while having fun and making friends with people from other schools.
Kim Grimson’s daughter Lara, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility, also loves being a part of the events. “She has a ball,” says Kim. “Carnivals like this get kids out of the school environment to take part in fun sports just like every other child. They’re also a great way for kids to meet others with similar abilities and make new friends.”
While having fun and making friends are definitely the main goals of the carnivals, for some, they can even be the start to a successful sporting career. Australian Paralympians Taylor Corry and Kristy Pond both began their sporting journey by participating in Northcott carnivals.
Click here to find out more or to register for our high school athletics carnival.
* Northcott receives no government funding to host these events. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of our supporters in the community and our fundraising team for making these carnivals possible.