Kicking AIDS Out introduces sports for persons with disabilities
Ganesh Singh, who is currently a member of the Guyana Blind Cricket Association, yesterday shared a synopsis of his journey as a Guyanese citizen being visually impaired from the age of 17.
Singh shared his experience with participants of a workshop facilitated by Kicking AIDS Out in collaboration with Caribbean Healthy Lifestyle Programme.
The workshop was staged in an effort to equip members of a youth empowerment through sports programme called, Kicking AIDS out, with the necessary knowledge and techniques needed to include people with disabilities in presentational activities.
The aforementioned activities are said to be standard in the accreditation and certification process of KAO members.
According to the facilitator, Ato Rockcliffe, who is the training and development officer of sports and development at Trinidad and Tobago Alliance for Sports and Physical Education, the workshop objectifies to promote social inclusion and equality in sports.
The workshop which attracted approximately 20 participants covered concepts such as; social inclusion, sports for persons with disabilities, physical and mental disability, modification of sports and presentations to include persons with disabilities.
Singh shared with the group, the volume of discrimination towards disabled people. However, the youth disclosed that he has self-esteem.
Thus, obscure remarks hardly bother him since he links them to people’s lack of awareness.
The youth added that he started playing cricket for the visually impaired since 2006. He said that he has represented Guyana in blind cricket. He also represented the West Indies on two separate occasions.
He stated that he feels privileged to be a part of a workshop that seeks to promote equality in sports and hopes that there will be “more workshops of this sort”.
Wilton Spencer of the Sports Organisation for persons with disabilities, and who was also apart of yesterday’s workshop said that over the years he has seen much growth in sports for persons with disabilities; however, there is still much space for further growth.
Spencer said that it is because of the aforementioned that he is pleased that KAO through TTASPE is now on board in facilitating sports for persons with disabilities.
Kicking Aids Out is a concept for using sports and physical activities to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to behavioural change.