Sports Talk: Meet Parafed Bay of Plenty’s Aspiring Youth
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Written by Cherryl Thompson, Sport Development, Parafed Bay of Plenty
A group of physically impaired young people aged 8 to 21 years from across the Bay are aspiring to reach their potential in sport and recreation. Through Parafed Bay of Plenty’s Aspiring Youth programme they’re learning the skills and techniques to choose activities for fun, fitness and life.
Meet the aspiring youth from across our region who will head off to the Halberg Junior Disability Games in October>
Bobby Morete will soon celebrate his 18th birthday, just in time for the Halberg Junior Disability Games in October. Bobby is a keen athlete, good team member and enjoys a “bash” with the wheelchair rugby team who meet Monday nights at Memorial Hall, Tauranga.
Brooke Parker (9) is still at primary school in Tauranga. She’ll happily try anything, although she loves the water and swimming.
Alongside Brooke, Mattias (10) has represented his school at an interschool event – the Top School competition.
Ellie Jones (9) of Te Puna has competed in the inclusive cross country hosted by north cluster.
Josh Pullyn (18) has been attending Aspire Gym for strength and conditioning under the watchful eye of personal trainer Aiden Butterworth of Mahi Fitness. Josh is keen to keep his gym regime up after leaving Tauranga Boys College.
Aidan Lints and Will Morgan
Primary school students Aidan Lints (9) from Te Puke and Will Morgan (12) from Pongakawa are both younger members of the Aspiring Youth team, and they’re like speeding bullets! Aiden will race around a court or track in his chair, and Will chases anything that moves and enjoys football, basketball or table tennis.
Paengaroa resident Mykal Mayne (15) from Papamoa College is concentrating on Boccia, a Paralympic sport.
Nico Dunn (11) lives in Rotorua and enjoys team sports and running. He will look to compete at AIMS Games next year.
Whakapau Tumai (14) is also from Rotorua and has competed through his primary/intermediate school years at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu in athletics as an AWD (Athlete with a Disability). He’s keen to try out the Māori games on offer at Halberg Games this year.
Naomi Gardiner (15) is at Western Heights High School in Rotorua and is passionate about any sport. When she plays she gives it her all.
Jackson Brown (9) comes with full whānau support to team meetings, team trainings and individual competition. Ka mau te wehe!
Siobhan Terry (18) is our Aspiring Youth Ambassador. As a senior athlete and accomplished para athlete, Siobhan is an Aspiring Youth member and continues to support the team even as she competes at both national and international para swim events. Siobhan has already been identified by Paralympics NZ and will represent New Zealand at the Pan Pacific Games later this year.
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