Special Olympics at Saxton

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Students from special education classes around Nelson and Tasman played the beautiful game at Saxton Stadium last Wednesday helped by some “great kids” from Waimea College.

Teams from Nayland College, Maitai School, Waimea College Tapawera Area School and Motueka High School played in the annual Special Olympics Football tournament indoors at Saxton Stadium.

It was a big day out for the special education classes but it wouldn’t have been possible without help from a group of year 10 Waimea College students.

The school’s year 10 junior leaders have been helping out at Special Olympic events for a number of years and Special Olympics regional co-ordinator Graeme Bain says the 20 students did a great job again last week.

“They did the refereeing and line umpiring and kept the score – they even entered a team to even-up the draw as well,” Graeme says.

“They are great kids and they always do a wonderful job and are really supportive.

“We did a skills session in the morning and then we are having these games this afternoon. But it’s more about getting them all together and having fun.”

Waimea College year 10 student Zac Richardson-Hall says they enjoyed helping the special education soccer players who “are a big part of the school”.

“I know a lot of these special education kids so it was good to be able to help them with this.”

For the record, Waimea College Yellow won the division one competition while Tapawera won division two.