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Play Beyond Expectations

Play Beyond Expectations

Is hosting

 fun (COVID safe) outdoor sessions in May for adults (18+) with disabilities, and cohorts

Have fun safely and together

Players and volunteers have experienced fun and success Beyond their Expectations in the gym, and now we are going outside to get the joy of success despite COVID

Activities include floor hockey and pickleball skills, and stretching for everyday living and laughing.

 Athletes in cohort? Good.  Drills adjusted to skill levels.

Only 6 cohorts are scheduled per session on Mondays, June 7, and 14

at Esquimalt Recreation Centre lacrosse box. 

Choose - 1-2 pm, or 2:30-3:30 pm.

In keeping with COVID standards, all will play within cohorts of 2-4 people at appropriately spaced skill-stations.

All cohort members play.  Only $5.75 /client, parents, support workers, friends are free.

Members of the cohort can be from the family, support workers, group home, day program, or school. 

There will be six fun/skill stations, and the cohort will play at each station for 10-12 minutes before rotating to next station. 

Register at Esquimalt Parks and Recreation on the website.Register at  Esquimalt.ca/recreation then follow the registration button or click on the link:
https://esquimalt.perfectmind.com/22948/Clients/BookMe4BookingPages/BookingCoursesPage?calendarId=105519f5-8581-41c5-8784-3e9cfd15ef03&widgetId=15f6af07-39c5-473e-b053-96653f77a406&embed=False

 

VOLUNTEERS needed.

SKILL DEMONSTRATORS  - hockey, pickleball, effective stretches

STATION SUPPORT  cleaning equipment, facilitating play (chasing errant balls), etc.

USHERS – directing players where to form up, enter, exit.

All volunteers get to play the stations at orientation and after 2nd session each week.

Info: Brian at 250-857-4017 or [email protected]

IMPORTANT:  It is now mandatory (COVID) that you pre-register, by completing the registration for the Play Beyond Expectations sessions through the Esquimalt Recreation Centre by phone (250-412-8500), or online.

An Informed Consent Form is also required for new participants.

 

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Nexus newspaper

Camosun College's student newspaper

Play Beyond Expectations gives people with disabilities the chance to surpass perceived limitations

Life Life/Sports Sports Web Exclusive

May 27, 2021 Lane Chevrier, contributing writer

Play Beyond Expectations is a community activity group that focuses on uncovering the latent strength of people with disabilities while providing physical exercise and socialization. Participants are encouraged to try physical activities such as pickleball and hockey in an environment that adapts to limitations and provides encouragement.

Founder Brian Gray is a development coach who came up with the idea of challenging the assumptions—which often focus on the person’s lack of ability rather than their strengths—that can hold people with disabilities back.

“Play Beyond Expectations reflects the experience of the individuals that come, because every session, every client does things that either they didn’t expect, or the parents or support workers didn’t expect,” he says.

Gray says that the program is about uncovering a new realm of possibilities for both the client and the caregivers. He encourages them to create activity plans that allow for personal growth rather than stagnation.

“One of the focuses in the program is to get the parents and the support workers to see the person differently. It’s designed to give that client the best chance to succeed, and everybody else the best chance to see it,” he says. “If the staff make assumptions about what the person can or cannot do, and set up their program accordingly, then the person is never given a chance to exceed anybody’s expectations.”

Gray says that the key to positive development is the recognition of progress and achievement, no matter how small.

“The goal for every session is for every client to be affirmed in what their progress was in that session,” he says. “I think it’s really important because sometimes the steps forward are really small, but I think if the affirmation is there, and if it’s an enthusiastic affirmation, that really helps sustain the effort to keep on going and discovering what they can do.”

Trying new things is difficult, but Gray says that it is crucial that participants push forward and allow their brain and body to adapt and develop new skills.

“They come in and they’re afraid they’re going to fail, but first of all, the important thing is to try and make the effort, and then be patient and keep trying,” he says. “I have a phrase: ‘Give your brain a chance.’”

Adapting to adult life can be difficult for some people with disabilities, because if they’re not skilled at advocating for themselves, they may not be able to access adequate support to help them reach their full potential. Gray says that his program focuses on finding people who have slipped through the cracks and giving them a chance to succeed.

“This program is looking at pulling them out of the crevasse and setting them up on the next level of being able to try and get a better quality of life,” he says. “The thing is, when you get that celebration and you get the endorphins going and everything, it just cycles… There’s that old phrase, ‘Nothing succeeds like success,’ and suddenly you’re more energized to try the next step, and we just keep building.”

Gray says that peer acceptance and the push to reach new heights can lead to unexpected success.

“You’re in an environment where it’s okay to be you,” he says. “The program is totally focused on development. Simple things can lead to big things.”

Play Beyond Expectations is currently accepting registration for June 7 and 14, with sessions from 1 pm to 2 pm, and 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Sessions are held in the Esquimalt Recreation Centre outdoor lacrosse court to allow for COVID-safe practices and physical distancing. The SESSION IS  free