Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) organised an open scuba diving day for people with special needs recently at the indoor swimming pool in Aspire Dome, the largest multipurpose hall of its kind in the world. This year’s scuba diving has been organised as part of the AZF Ramadan Sports Festival (RSF) 2018.
The ‘Freestyle Aquatics at Aspire’ programme offers aquatics training for people with disabilities. It includes swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling lessons for all ages, delivered by the programme founders, Kathleen Bates and Jojo Musa, from the non-profit Freestyle Aquatics organisation.
Speaking on the sidelines, Noof Al Saffar, a member of the RSF 2018 organising committee, said that the scuba diving event is part of the wider initiative for people with special needs. The programme was launched in November 2016 as part of AZF’s corporate social responsibility. For the first time this year since RSF started seven years ago, AZF dedicated two events to people with special needs. The first event, a Table Tennis competition, concluded last week.
This event builds on AZF’s existing efforts to provide people with disabilities opportunities to pursue their favourite sports throughout the year. Creating such opportunities encourages people to maintain active and healthy lifestyles, helping them feel included in everything that the country’s vibrant local community scene has to offer.
The RSF 2018 is sponsored by Ooredoo Qatar and Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Company, Nissan Qatar.