Batemans Bay High kids love Beach wheelchairs

Batemans Bay High School staff Angie O'Connor and Rebecca Bird take students Joshua Spruce and Daniel Waplington for a beach race at Corrigans Beach.

Batemans Bay High School staff Angie O'Connor and Rebecca Bird take students Joshua Spruce and Daniel Waplington for a beach race at Corrigans Beach.

BATEMANS Bay took a major step in becoming a completely inclusive community with the official launch of two beach wheelchairs at Batehaven on Wednesday.

WATER WHEELS: The Batemans Bay High school staff and students try the new beach chairs in the water.

WATER WHEELS: The Batemans Bay High school staff and students try the new beach chairs in the water.

Batemans Bay High School students Joshua Spruce and Daniel Waplington tried the chairs out at Corrigans Beach, and their smiles said it all.

BEACH BOUND: Joshua Spruce heads down the wheelchair ramp in front of the Clyde View Holiday Park followed by Daniel Waplington and Natalie Bertosa.

BEACH BOUND: Joshua Spruce heads down the wheelchair ramp in front of the Clyde View Holiday Park followed by Daniel Waplington and Natalie Bertosa.

Charles Stuart and Geoff Fielding of Batemans Bay disability advocacy group The Bay Push, which helped secure the funding from Batemans Bay Soldiers Club for the chairs, were delighted.

“Seeing the smiles on the kids faces, and them being able to do something they would otherwise not be able to do, that’s what its all about,” he said.

Batemans Bay High School students test the water wheelchairs

“We would certainly like one more, so if any benefactor out there can help, that would be great.”

Batemans Bay High School special education coordinator Angie O’Connor was amazed and said the chairs were “really light and easy to manoeuvre.”

“The school uses the beach a lot but we haven’t been able to do this with the wheelchair kids,” she said.

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