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EMNS Introduced to Wheelchair Basketball by SJHS Co-op Student

by Jeff Warr - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Last Thursday, students at EMNS were treated to a friendly student versus teacher wheelchair basketball match, thanks to the efforts of SJHS's grade 12 cooperative education student, Jacob Fudge. As a work term placement, Jacob chose to work alongside EMNS physical education teacher, Terrence Sullivan. With 9 of 14 weeks now completed at EMNS, Jacob has thrived in this opportunity to learn and experience the day to day tasks of an educator in a gym setting.

Jacob was introduced to wheelchair basketball at a young age by his father, Gary Kingsley, who lost his legs in a motorcycle accident when he was seventeen and later took up the sport. Jacob, also a talented gymnast, decided to fully commit himself to wheelchair basketball at the age of 12. In a relatively short period of time, Jacob has developed a very impressive resume. He has

represented NB at nationals on 4 occasions, participated in two Canada Games and currently trains with the Canadian Olympic team once a month.

As per Mr. Sullivan "Jacob's impact on the Millidgeville North community has been a positive one since his first day. His rapport with the kids, his high level of athleticism and his initiatives with wheelchair basketball have all been welcome by both students and teachers alike. Jacob is a great addition to our team and will make a great teacher"!

Mr. Sullivan also indicated that students love the wheelchair basketball program Jacob has incorporated into their Phys. Ed. classes. Kids have developed a new respect for disabled athletes claiming, "It is waaaaaay harder than it looks!" Fun and challenging, wheelchair basketball has provided our students with not only a new slant on an old sport, but a new view of what it means to be an athlete. The wheelchairs were provided by Para Sport NB in Fredericton, arranged by Jacob.

The end result of the student vs. teacher match? An easy victory for the Jacob and his EMNS students. Thank you to Mr. Sullivan and staff at EMNS for welcoming Jacob and participating in the cooperative education program.

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