Paralympics education for schools

Paralympics Ireland has launched an initiative aimed at developing an understanding of Paralympic sport among Irish schoolchildren.  Follow Your Star provides free online course content to national school students and teachers aimed at enabling a greater understanding of Paralympic sport and those who participate in it.

“We have multi-media lessons, lesson plans, and activities which aim to encourage children to be the best they can and which focus on the four Paralympic values of determination, courage, equality and inspiration,” said Naomi O’Reilly, Programmes Manager for Paralympics Ireland.

3,400 primary schools will receive promotional literature on the campaign. Schools participating in the programme could win the chance to be paid a visit by some of Ireland’s top Paralympic athletes after the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Shot Putter Nadine Lattimore, and rower Anne Marie McDaid attended Thursday’s launch at St Pius’ School in Terenure as well as Padraic Moran who has played Boccia since the age of eight and Ellen Keane who swam for Ireland aged 13 at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

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