The CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre and the Institute of Technology Tralee in association with the National Council for the Blind, the National Learning Network Tralee (Sporting Chance Programme) and Irish Blind Sports will host the fourth CampAbilities Ireland this year in Killarney Co Kerry. The dates for the camp are the 24th-28th March 2013.
A 5 day residential sports and recreation camp for children with vision impairments (aged 8-18 years).
Five action packed days for 25 children with vision impairments ended with a drumming performance and awards ceremony to mark all of the sporting achievements of the campers as well as the efforts of 50 volunteers that made up CampAbilities 2011.
Organised by the CARA National Adapted Physical Activity Centre, the Institute of Technology Tralee, the National Learning Network and the National Council for the Blind the camp was held this year in Fossa Killarney where all campers and staff stayed in the majestic An Oige hostel. The decision was made to hold annual sports camps for children with vision impairments as sports participation rates among people with vision impairments is particularly low in Ireland so a camp which introduces children to various sports in a supported way will hopefully result in many of them becoming more active in future years. The camp also serves as a learning opportunity to sport, health and leisure students from the Institute of Technology Tralee and National Learning Network. It is also hoped that these future physical education teachers, sports coaches and instructors will have the knowledge and skills to include people with vision impairments in their mainstream classes and sessions.
The organisers were overwhelmed this year by the local support for the camp including transport provided free by Kennedy coaches, Buckleys and Enterprise car rentals as well as the local jarveys and their trusty horses. A number of local supermarkets, butchers and food suppliers donated much of the food. As well as this local clubs such as Kingdom Archers, Kingdom Waves, Kerry Green Sox baseball club, Fossa Scouts and Dr. Crokes helped out with the coaching. Fossa Community centre, Coral leisure centre, hotel Europe, the SEM, Fossa GAA and O’Sullivan horse riding stables provided facilities.
One of the challenges for the organisers will be to make sure that the campers have opportunities to continue their sports when they return to their communities and schools. This will be done by linking the local sports partnerships in with each of the campers as well as with national governing bodies of sport to ensure more regular opportunities are available to young people with vision impairments.
Cycling – All who participated in this event excelled. Most notably were Conor (CARA) and Sean. “They were just brilliant together. Conor cycled and Sean was on the front in his chair with a massive smile on his face
CampAbilities Ireland were overwhelmed this year by the local support for the camp and would like to say a huge thank you to all who made this camp a huge success:
All volunteer CARAs and Activity Leaders, Buckley Coaches, Kennedy Coaches, Enterprise Ireland – Rent a Car, Des Adams- Adams of Tralee, Killarney Jarveys and their trusted horses, Michael Scanlon- Videographer, Killarney National Park, An Oige Youth Hostel, Fossa Community Centre, Fossa GAA, St Brendans College Killarney, Killarney Sports and Leisure Complex, Greensox Baseball Club, Kingdom Archers, Warren McDonald and Darren Ahern- FAI, Fossa Scouts- Sean Sweeney, CH Chemist Tralee, Kerry Spring, Lee Strand, Tesco- Killarney, Lidl- Killarney, Dunnes- Killarney, German Butchers- Fossa, Play at Heights- Cian O Driscoll, Brian Fleming- Drumming, IT Tralee Student Union, Ciara Shanahan- ITT Finance Dept, TJ O Connor- Head of Hotel, Culinary and Tourism Department and his team of chefs: Dan Browne, Mark Murphy, Kristin Brogan, Caroline Danaher, Anne McCarthy, John Murray, Adrian Devane, Maurice O Brien, Brid McCarthy and Selina O Connor, Casey Fruit and Vegetable Suppliers- Padraig Casey, Pallas Foods- Limerick, O Connell Butchers, CMC Foods, Fossa Community Centre, Kingdom Waves Kerry, Dawn Dairies, Vincent and Gerard Murphy- Murphy Sports Castleisland, Garda Brendan O Donovan- Killarney Garda Station, Colum Lanagan Ryan- General Food Manager, Hazel Byrne and Michelle Lane-Kerry Recreation and Sport Partnership, Burkes Butchers- Miltown, Tomas Aylward- IT Tralee, Chain Gang Cycling Club, Paul Ryan- IWA Sport, Landers Outdoor World-Tralee, Cappanlea Outdoor Education Centre, Dr Crokes GAA Club, Eamon Fitzgerald- IT Tralee GAA Officer, Hotel Europe-David Cronin, O Sullivans Horse Riding Stables- Fossa, Supervalu- Killarney, Eamon O Malley-O Malley-Griffin Ltd, Peter Costelloe- Safety Consultant Egan Safety Solutions and Kerry Civil Defence.
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Phone: 066 7145646
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