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SportsTalk: Development opportunities for disabled youth

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Sport can add value to anyone’s life – even more so in the life of a person with a disability, and especially while growing up and developing life skills as a young person.

Parafed Bay of Plenty’s young people are about to begin preparations for the upcoming Junior Disability Games, hosted by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation for eight to 21-year-olds. The Games are to be held over three-days at King’s College, Auckland, from 6-8 October 2017.

This is a great opportunity for our young people to participate in sport within a fun and supportive environment, and bring everyone around New Zealand together. It’s also a chance for athletes to compete in sports not just familiar to their region, but to also try out new sports at the same venue.

Halberg will be providing opportunities within 20 different sports during the three-day event, including Swimming, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball, Powerchair Football and Archery to name a few.

In the lead up to the Games, Parafed Bay of Plenty are providing a development programme to raise awareness of this event, help prepare our athletes for competition, and strengthening team spirit.

The programme will involve regular sessions so the athletes can get to know each other and have a go a different sports and games. In addition to these sessions, a ‘Have a Go Day’ is planned for late August to provide an opportunity to play and have coaching for a few of the sports featuring at the Games.

Parafed Bay of Plenty are keen to find out if there are any new young people with a physical impairment that would be interested in getting involved and being part of our Bay of Plenty team.

Please check out the ‘Junior Disability Games’ tab on our website, to see the event programme and contact Leanne on leanne@parafedbop.co.nz to request any further information.

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