Wayne Roberts and Genesis athlete
Genesis Academy in Jamaica is a high school established in 2003 for students with intellectual disabilities/challenges. It recently introduced floorball, a form of indoor hockey, to itsView Story ▼Genesis Academy is a high school established in 2003 for students with intellectual disabilities/challenges; catering for students age 12 to 21, and to students 21 to 25 in its Adult Unit, which provides support in occupation & life skills.
“We are always looking at new activities that include all of our special children, and that allows them to experience what normal children do. Floorball appealed to me because it was a team sport, but more importantly both the able bodied and the physically challenged could participate, so no-one was excluded.
It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn a new sport, to be active, and perhaps to find something that they can be good at. We had our first training sessions on October 14th and 15th both our children (a total of 20) and teachers loved it and had a lot of fun, especially our wheel chair students. We are all excited to see how far they can go. Already I’m seeing some potential stars.” Donna Lowe, Principal. "I have been working with the students from Genesis almost from its establishment and provided basic Floor Hockey skills training to students at the Academy for over two (2) years. In fact, Matthew Tarawali (a graduate student) was on the Special Olympics Jamaica Floor Hockey squad to win gold (at the 2009 World Winter Games) and silver (at the 2013 World Games). As the coordinator of the Special Olympics Jamaica Floorball programme, I can say it is great news that Genesis has once again come on board as the first Special Institution to introduce the Sport to students. Training will take place in the first instance twice a week during the regular physical education periods under the oversight of Wayne Roberts, Assistant Coach Youth Development Damion Barrett, Volunteer Coach and Rocky Lindsay Athlete Coach.
About Victor L. Brown:I've been working with Special Olympics Jamaica since 1996. I've been coaching Floor Hockey successfully at World Games and now coaching Floorball.View less ▲