Kids show off wheelchair skills

9:00am Tuesday 21st February 2012

By Emily Roberts

WHEELCHAIR dance moves and basketball skills were taught to disabled youngsters in Basingstoke.

Organised by charity Go Kids Go, the youngsters were taught various tricks at a session held in Queen Mary’s College in Cliddesden Road.

They were joined by their parents and siblings, who also used wheelchairs for the day to join in the fun and find out what it is like not to be able to use your legs properly.

Daniel Olayiwola has muscular dystrophy. The 14-year-old Everest Community Academy student from Winklebury, said: “I use a wheelchair from time to time, mostly at school. The condition affects my legs.

“Today has been really good. I have learned how to deal with kerbs, roads and overcome obstacles. It can be quite difficult but I try to have a go with most sports.”

Jo Turner brought her four children to the workshop, including her 10-year-old twins, Sam and Jeff.

Jeff has cerebral palsy and uses the wheelchair for longer journeys.

Mrs Turner said: “It’s been good fun and very useful, especially in terms of safety.”

Roy Wild, training manager, taught the group dance moves and how to play wheelchair basketball.

He also showed them how to get down a flight of stairs safely.

He told The Gazette: “We look at using the wheelchair outside such as on slopes and road safety but there’s also a fun element with the basketball and dancing.

“The workshop is designed to get them moving independently.”

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