Basketball carnival growth continues

CARNIVAL: Donaldson Stadium was filled with basketball action for a carnival held for students with disabilities.
CARNIVAL: Donaldson Stadium was filled with basketball action for a carnival held for students with disabilities.

A basketball carnival for students with disabilities continues to grow with 130 participants taking part in the event in the city's Donaldson Stadium.

Students from across the Mid North and Upper Spencer Gulf regions participated across two days last week, on Thursday and Friday. A highlight of the two-day event was a dinner disco held at the Solomontown Football Club.

One of the organisers of the carnival, Robyn Simpson, said the event had been running for six years and continued to get bigger, with this year's tournament featuring 13 teams.

"The students show a lot of sportsmanship," she said.

"They learn the skills and knowledge of the game."

For many students, she said the event was a highlight of their school year and was eagerly looked forward to.

She said the carnival enabled students to represent their schools in sport as well as provided an opportunity to interact with other children.

The carnival originally had the aim to provide students from around the region with the opportunity to compete, but now confidence has grown and the competitive nature has emerged and the carnival is really enjoyable for students and staff.

In this year's tournament, students came from John Pirie Secondary School and Mid North Education Centre in Port Pirie, Clare, Port Augusta, Kadina, Whyalla's Stuart High School and the Whyalla Special Education Centre.