Plenty of fun and games
ABOUT 50 Bundaberg children took part in their own mini Olympic Games yesterday and Bundaberg's own London-bound Paralympian Rheed McCracken was on hand to add some star quality to the event.
Event organiser, Bundaberg PCYC's indigenous and community sport and recreation officer Terri Gilbert, said the children had registered through the PCYC's vocational and after-school program to take part in the Prime Minister's Olympic challenge.
"We registered them all three months ago and they've been spending an hour a day practising sports," she said.
"This was their Olympics Games and we started with an Olympic torch ceremony using a torch that I had from the Sydney games."
The program was designed to get Australian primary school-aged children to try a variety of Olympic and Paralympics sports.
"They compete in a range of sports including the 400m, long jump, discus, 100m, ball games and relays," Mrs Gilbert said.
"It's all about getting them healthy and active."
Mrs Gilbert said having Mr McCracken at the event had made it more exciting for the children, who all had a fantastic time at the PCYC fun sports day.
"We applied to have an Olympian attend our event and were lucky that we have a local Paralympian," she said.
"Having Rheed here has given them an added interest in the Paralympics and they'll be cheering him on when he competes in London."