Annual Adapted Physical Activity Awards - 16 th December, 2009

apa1 The Institute of Technology Tralee last night hosted their 12 th Annual Adapted Physical Activity Awards in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee . The Adapted Physical Activity (APA) Programme is delivered by ITT students working in partnership with many different services which cater for people with a wide range of disabilities in the Munster region. The main aim of the programme is to provide the students with practical experience of working with people with disabilities while giving the adults and children from the community, a positive experience of physical activity, sport and fitness. This year over one hundred and thirty students from the Institutesâ¿¿ Health and Leisure, Physical Education and Social Care Courses planned and delivered a variety of different activity sessions which took place each week catering for over 160 adults and children with disabilities.   Activities included goal ball, boccia, badminton, swimming, basketball, fitness and motor skills, dance, orienteering, kayaking, surfing, wall climbing, high wires, adventure games & aquatic exercise therapy. Participating groups included the Kerry Down Syndrome Association, Breannan Services, Kerry Education Serviceâ¿¿s Braille and IT Group, St. Itaâ¿¿s and St. Josephâ¿¿s school, the National Learning Network, Camphill, Nano Nagle school, the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, Enable Ireland Tralee and Limerick branches, Kerry Autism Services as well as a number of individuals.

apa2 The award ceremony was held to acknowledge the work and effort of the participants taking part in the APA Programme. â¿¿The ceremony was an opportunity to get all the participants together and celebrate their success,⿝ said Alan Oâ¿¿Connor, M.C. for the evening, and a fourth year Bachelor of Science in Physical Education student. â¿¿All of the students have learnt so much from taking part in this programme and its fitting to thank the participants by awarding them with a token of our appreciation and a good night out also!⿝ â¿¿It was a fantastic award ceremony,⿝ said Ursula Barrett, APA Programme Coordinator, â¿¿many local businesses contributed sport prizes and the students fundraised for funds to present each participant with a hat to mark their achievements in the programme⿝. Also speaking last night was Peter Smyth of the Irish Sports Council. Peter affirmed the Irish Sports Councilâ¿¿s commitment to increasing opportunities for participation among people with disabilities by announcing funding of €400,000 for the continuation of the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer programme which is coordinated by the CARA National APA Centre which is located in the IT Tralee. This announcement is welcomed locally and nationally and provided staff, students and participants with a positive sentiment for the future of Adapted Physical Activity.

For more information contact Ursula Barrett at 087-9349005