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SportsTalk: Youth programme to inspire our aspiring youth

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Parafed Bay of Plenty has a new youth programme – Aspiring Youth.

We meet regularly to have fun, try new activities, learn new skills and make friends.

Our first opportunity was at Aspire Gym in Bethlehem, where 14 physically disabled young people (with their parents and supporters) came together to have a tour of the gym and trial some of the equipment under the guidance of Aiden Butterworth from Mahi Fitness.

A couple of local Paralympians joined us to show us how to do things properly, then the youth had some fun races and relays.

This group are the foundation members of our Aspiring Youth programme, with many choosing to train and attend the Halberg Junior Disability Games (JDG) in October in Auckland.

Leading up to the JDG, we will trial sports such as badminton, table tennis, football and wheelchair sports. We encourage any other physically disabled eight to 21-year-olds to join us. This programmes will also support any athletes to meet and train towards their chosen codes.

Our next opportunity is cross-country and field training at the Tauranga Domain (May). This will set the physically disabled students up for their small school and Western Bay of Plenty cross-country events and the opportunity to represent their school at the Bay of Plenty cross-country events held by Sport Bay of Plenty.

Teachers, coaches, clubs – if you are looking for support to assist and encourage disabled athletes to try your sport or join your club, we would love to talk to you.

Contact Cherryl Thompson, Sport Development for Parafed Bay of Plenty on cherryl@parafedbop.co.nz or 027 727 2333.

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