Inclusion through sport

BARRY’S BAY – Sledge hockey isn’t something you would normally see as a gym class activity, however, for students at St. John Bosco it is something they are trying out for a good reason.

On November 20 and 27, the Grade 5/6 class at St. John Bosco visited the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre to hit the ice and learn the basic skills of sledge hockey.

All of this was done for Grade 5 student Chadd Stoppa, who has Spina Bifida.

“Chadd of course uses a walker, and for Phys. Ed class he does the skills and drills that he is able to do. He is a highly resilient kid, he’s great,” said teacher Ronda Lundy.

Chadd was also brought on to help as an assistant coach for some of the sports teams at the school. He looks after the stats and drills. One day, Lundy mentioned to Chadd that it would be neat if they were able to try out sledge hockey, a sport he plays competitively in Ottawa.

“He took that piece of information home, and his mom, being as awesome as she is, said sure. She called me at the school and said she thought it was a wonderful idea,” explained Lundy.

For more pick up a copy of the December 6, paper.