Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

RGS Students Experience the London 2012 Paralympic Games

On Wednesday, 5 September and Thursday, 6 September we took forty pupils to the Olympic Park to watch the Paralympic Games.

On the Wednesday we took one group of twenty students to watch the Men's 7-a-side Football preliminary games.  The football was based in the Riverbank Arena that hosted the Olympic Hockey matches, and this provided a fantastic venue for the event ahead.  The first game between Brazil and Ukraine was a close fought match that finished as a 1-1 draw.  Ukraine actually went on to win the Silver medal in the Games, with Brazil losing in the Bronze Medal play-off.  The second match we watched was Great Britain against USA.  The atmosphere was electric with over 10,000 spectators in the arena to watch Team GB and you could see the RGS students were excited at the prospect of cheering on the home nation.  This was a much more open game with Team GB dominating the play and cruising to a 4-0 win.

On the Thursday we took twenty GCSE PE students to watch Wheelchair Rugby in the Basketball Arena.  This was a sport that had received a lot of interest in the build up to the Paralympics and we were all looking forward to what the games had to offer.  The first match we saw was between Sweden and Australia.  We were all expecting the match to be aggressive, but maybe not as physical as we witnessed on the day.  The students looked on in amazement (and possibly horror) as players collided at speed, and on occasions some had their wheelchairs upturned.  Australia won the game 60-40, and come the end of the Games they were crowned Paralympic Champions.  The second game between Canada and Belgium was much more tactical than the previous with both teams showing their attacking flair.  The RGS students were clearly enjoying the experience and were doing everything they could to get on the TV screens.  The game finished 58-50 in favour of Canada.

This was a unique opportunity for our students to watch the Paralympic Games in London.  Not only did they appreciate and enjoy the enormity of such an event, but their behaviour and the way they represented Redland Green was impeccable.

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