We know it’s not the time to be gathering together in large groups, but there are ways you can keep your social distance, and still raise much-needed funds for the Australian Paralympic Team.
The below ideas are not able to be done virtually, but hopefully they’ll act as thought-starters for ones that can.
How it works:
Each class or team competes as a country that participates in the Paralympics, with each adaptive sport played once by each team. The gold, silver and bronze medallist is determined by which country comes first, second and third. The overall winner of the Mini Paralympics is the team that earns the most medals.
Sports should be adaptive and could include:
- One-handed handball
- Sit-down goal-shooting
- Blindfolded tunnel ball, or over and under
- Adaptive walk-a-thon
There are a range of games and activities, featured on Sport Australia’s website, including how to play and equipment requirements.
Register to start fundraising online and ask students to donate a certain amount to participate, with the proceeds going to Paralympics Australia. The Mini Paralympics could be held on one day or over a longer time period such as a week, month or term.
Tips for Organising
- Set a date/s consistent with your school calendar.
- Promote the event through your school newsletter, website and Facebook Group, as well as in notes sent home.
- Register your event and devise a funds collection plan.
- Hold an Opening Ceremony to allocate a class or team to a country.
Prior to the Event
- Assign a volunteer to each sport.
- Create a schedule, draw and scoring matrix for each sport.
- Create a scoring matrix for each game or activity so that you can tally the scores.
- If you are outside, ensure students have access to water and sun protection.
- Try to encourage a team of people within the school to help organise the event. This could include parents, teachers, senior students and community members.
- Assign small tasks to all volunteers to prevent any one person from becoming overwhelmed. Use the checklist below to ensure all tasks are accounted for.
- Let everyone know why it is important to help raise funds for Paralympics Australia. Distribute our “Why fundraise for Paralympics Australia” fact sheet early on and continue to communicate the information within it wherever possible.
- Encourage students to research the country they are competing for. What is their flag? What are their cultures and values? Who are some famous Paralympians?
- Practice each sport as a class or team before the Games, and discuss how difficult it would be to play if you couldn’t see, walk, etc.
- Determine which sports will be contested and over what period i.e. day, week, term.
- Confirm a fundraising model and timeline for collection.
- Register to start fundraising online with Paralympics Australia and download the tip sheets and the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for your winners (available on your fundraising page after you register).
- Formulate a contingency plan for wet weather.
- Communicate updates to students and parents.
- Encourage teachers to discuss the Games in their classrooms.