Earlier this month, Paralympics Australia held a multisport day in Toowoomba, regional Queensland. These events are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Para-sports and programs on offer in the local area.
Over 20 participants were able to try a variety of Para-sports, meet and speak with Australian Paralympians, connect with local Clubs and have fun.
Para Taekwondo was a sport that participants were keen to learn more about, with Tokyo bronze medalist in Para Taekwondo, Janine Watson, on hand to take participants through basic taekwondo skills, including self-defence scenarios.
“I like that Taekwondo is not just about learning a sport but also learning an important life skill that could help my children out one day. I used to do martial arts when I was a teenager and loved it; maybe I should start up again with my children,” said a parent of one of the participants.
Winning an Australian sports medal is no easy feat. The national award, bestowed upon those who exhibit sporting excellence, is an incredible achievement for any athlete in a competitive and high-achieving sporting nation like our own. Even more remarkable and rare is to see both a coach and an athlete win the award simultaneously.