Tuesday, August 24, 2010
We made our third annual trip to the Northcott Interschool Athletics carnival at the State Sports Centre at Homebush last week.
It's a great Athletics Carnival where kids with a physical disability get to compete against others. The kids events are broken up into categories depending on their level of ability and reliance on equipment. Missy stepped up this year to compete against Primary Kids Yr3-6 together and competed in the category where kids have a high dependence on their walking frame.
The day started with an early rise,leaving home by 6am, along for the trip was Miss H with her video camera, the school banner and H-Ho with her cheering voice ready. Arriving with time to spare, Missy kept checking the programme and was saving her energy just cruising the stadium in her powerchair. As it neared her 25 m sprint, she jumped into her walker and couldn't wait to go to the marshaling area. She stood on the line so fiercely determined to win, the whistle went and she was off, the kids in her race all had Kaye Walkers(a less supportive walker) and were older but... she looked across the field, to see she just had the lead at the 15m mark and that was enough to make sure she just kept her legs pumping to take out the finish tape and be the winner.....
Next she competed in the Bean Bag race, a race that requires them to run to a hoop and drop a bean bag in it and run back to the start and do this three times and then sprint to the finish line. Missy did really well with the bean bags and was heading to the finish line when she kicked a shoe off, a worried look came over her face but she keep running and finished third. Missy went on to compete in the powerchair slalom, shot put and took part in the combined school relay team.
We had a wonderful day , thanks to Aunty K and cousin M for coming to cheer, it's a day when Missy's can really shine and her competitive nature is in overdrive.
The following day at school Missy was called to the front of the assembly with the results read out, Missy smiling away, so proud. It concluded with the school singing her the Bravo song.