On Thursday 30th March, a group of transition year students represented B.C.S in the Munster Wheelchair Basketball Competition in Neptune Stadium. The team included four managers, twelve players (six boys and six girls), water boys, first aid, gear managers and supporters independently selected by the panel of 25 fourth years. When we arrived we did not expect to see so many schools taking part, with each county in Munster represented. There was a great atmosphere up in the stands overlooking the two courts. Each match lasted fifteen minutes. We played six games in the group stages and after two intense battles in the semi-final and final we were crowned Munster Wheelchair Basketball Champions.
We learned a great deal from our day at this Wheelchair Basketball competition. We learned from Paul and Alan (our two coaches) that disabled people rarely have negative thoughts about themselves and they have great passion for their sport. We learned that co-operation among managers and teammates is crucial. Without this a team would be unsuccessful. This event shone an alternative light on life for us, and showed us that if you are disabled you can still take part in sport competitively.
Tom Desmond, Stephen Wills, Daniel Murphy