When Catherine Quach was sick a few weeks ago, all she wanted to do was go ice skating. She couldn't wait to get back on the ice.
The Smithfield resident has been a member of the Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Skating Club for the past two years.
The 16-year-old, who has autism, has improved her coordination and balance from her weekly session as well as reaping social and behavioral benefits.
She was also this month be presented with her gold medal from the Inclusive Skating Championships. Catherine competed via video in the Junior Ladies IF Level One category where she scored 2.25. The championships were held in Edinburgh and were attended by His Royal Highness Prince Edward.
Coach Jean McGregor said she has seen a big improvement in Catherine's coordination by being involved in skating.
"I draw with chalk on the ice and she follows it," she said.
"Children with special needs shouldn't miss out on sports and inclusive skating is really important because it can help build muscles which assists with day-to-day activities."
The Liverpool Catholic Club ice skating community recently came together to host a free inclusive skating session with 20 people attending. The club hopes to host more sessions in the future.
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