By Mary-ann Younan and Gabriela De Lemos Pires, Year 6 students at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School Fairfield
Thor, the mascot of Sydney Thunder Big Bash League cricket team took a break from flexing his muscles on behalf of fans to fly into Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School Fairfield and teach the Kindergarten to Year 2 students the basic fundamental movement skills of throwing and catching.
Thor spent several hours with the children using the green, fluoro stress balls given to them by Sydney Thunder to practise and improve throwing and catching. Andy Meikle, the cricket development officer for the Fairfield region, organised this visit with the help of Mr Aitken, Sports Co-ordinator and longtime cricket enthusiast.
“It’s great to see the younger students developing their fundamental movement skills so early in their education,” he said.
“These catching, bouncing and throwing skills will set them up for other sports activities at school, which will hopefully then lead to a life long love of sport and a healthy lifestyle.”
It’s more fun than helping the cricket team win against the Brisbane Heat
The Mascot Challenge program has been recently established to teach all children fundamental movement skills. The aim of this program is to develop hand-eye coordination in young children as a brain break between learning tasks in class. After learning the throwing and catching skills, children then demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the skills they learnt.
All teachers on staff lined up to receive their one of a kind, fluoro green, Sydney Thunder stress ball. Everyone wanted to be a part of the action, developing their skills and sending their ball spinning and whizzing through the air. The students will also be able to take the ball home at the end of the program and continue to develop their skills at home at the end of term.
“It’s more fun than helping the cricket team win against the Brisbane Heat,” said Thor.