Myanmar: Passion and Persistence are Coach Joe’s Mantra for Wheelchair Basketballers
"The starting point for anything you do is the passion in your heart. It's my job to bring this passion out on the court, and on the sidelines," said Joseph Higgins, or Coach Joe as he is more fondly known.
Former head coach of the Canadian and Hong Kong men's national teams recently spent a week in Yangon with the ICRC and the Myanmar Paralympic Sports Federation (MPSF). The week-long workshop was part of ICRC's extended Physical Rehabilitation Program in the country to encourage inclusion and help change the perception surrounding people living with disabilities.
Twenty-one participants from physical rehabilitation centres in Myitkyina, Kyaing Tong and Hpa An, as well as from MPSF gathered in Yangon for five days of theoretical and practical training. They worked hard during the drills to improve their fitness as well their passing, defending and shooting skills. We met with some members of the team and were inspired by their courage and outlook.