Bialik High School students spend a day in a wheelchair
‘I have more respect for them,” says student after trying to play a game of basketball in a wheelchair
Students at Bialik High School in Côte St. Luc got to spend some time at school doing something a little bit differently.
Secondary 1 and 2 students played a game of basketball — in wheelchairs.
"It's extremely hard on your arms," says Lewis Brandman, one of the school's better basketball players.
"I thought it would be a more simple gesture, moving the chair forward and shooting, but it was a little difficult."
The students were shown the ropes by some pros, such as Kadidia Nikiema, a Paralympian from Burkina Faso who hopes to compete for Canada.
"I forget I'm handicapped. It's others who see me as being handicapped," Nikiema says.
Students say the experience gave them a new appreciation of the challenges others face.