CRICKET Fiji has been applauded for their work of promoting cricket to persons living with disabilities.
International Cricket Council East Asia-Pacific Regional Project co-ordinator Adam Cassidy said Fiji had taken the lead in getting people with disabilities involved in the sport. "Cricket Fiji has led the way in the past 12 months in the Pacific in working with persons with disabilities in promoting cricket," he said. "They have been to over 15 different special schools and with cricket, there are many different activities that can be played even if you are in a wheelchair or your vision is impaired, you can still play because we have balls with bells on them."
Last week, Cassidy and staff of Cricket Fiji conducted another workshop at the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons.
The workshop was part of the Pacific Sports Partnership and Cassidy said its aim was to discuss with the different organisation looking after or teaching persons with disabilities on ways to improve the program.
"We discussed with them their priorities and challenges and also about forming partnership so we help improve each other's program.
"There has been so much positive response towards this, for example, the Fiji School of the Blind now wants Cricket Fiji to come and play games with them every week.
"This is very good because we can teach them and we can also learn a lot from them at the same time," Cassidy said.