Friday, 15 July 2016

Winter learning journey Day 7 Activity 1

DAY 7: Spirit in Motion –The Paralympic Games

Fun Fact: This year the Paralympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 7-18 September. Athletes from 176 different countries will be competing at the games this year!

Approximately one month after the Olympic Games finish, there is a second Olympic competition. This competition is specifically for athletes who have physical disabilities. It is called the Paralympics. The first official Paralympic Games were held in Rome, Italy in 1960.

To view the promotional video for the Paralympic Games, check out this link!

Activity 1: At the first ever Paralympic Games in Rome, the athletes competed in eight sports. Cycling was one of them. For the cycling event, two people compete together as a team – one of the people has a disability and the other does not. Here is a picture of a para-cycling team from New Zealand:
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At the moment the most famous para-cycling team in New Zealand is comprised of two female athletes – Emma Foy and Laura Thompson. Emma is blind but Laura is not. Together they work as an amazing team. Imagine that you were asked to compete in a tandem cycling event and you had to choose one person to compete with. Who would it be? On your blog, tell us who you would compete with and why. If it was me, I would choose my son, Aronui because he’s pretty fast and very funny. He would make me laugh as we biked along and would be very supportive and encouraging! I know that I could trust him to be a good teammate. Who would you choose?

I would chose my sister because me and her ride our bikes to school every day and we get to school in about 10, 15 or 20 minutes because we ride fast down the hills and up the hills.


  1. Great idea, Jerome. It sounds like your sister would be the ideal partner. You guys are clearly good bikers and you're able to go up and down the big hills. That is important because the Olympic event involves a lot of hill climbing. It's a pretty demanding course!

    Keep up the great work with your blogging. I'm really enjoying your posts :)

    Cheers, Rachel

  2. Hi Jerome,
    It sounds like your sister would be a great partner! You two are clearly experienced cyclists. The course at the Olympics does involve a lot of hill cycling. It's pretty demanding, but you two could do it!

    Keep it up!