Har­ri­son set to com­pete at Hal­berg

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Har­ri­son Strat­ford from Para­pa­raumu is com­pet­ing at the Hal­berg Games held at King’s Col­lege in Auck­land this week­end.

The Hal­berg Games is a na­tional, three-day sports com­pe­ti­tion for phys­i­cally dis­abled and visu­ally im­paired 8 to 21-year-olds.

With 150 ath­letes ex­pected to com­pete in 12 re­gional teams across 17 dif­fer­ent sports in­clud­ing swim­ming, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, blind cricket, blind and wheel­chair rugby and ath­let­ics, 9-year-old Har­ri­son will have his work cut out for him.

Har­ri­son, who has hemi­ple­gia of the right side, will be com­pet­ing at the games for the first time this year, tak­ing part in ath­let­ics and swim­ming events.

The event gives ath­letes the op­por­tu­nity to try new sports, meet other peo­ple from around the coun­try, com­pete at a na­tional level and pro­vides a path­way for par­tic­i­pants to pur­sue fur­ther sport­ing goals. Not tak­ing it lightly, Har­ri­son has been get­ting up early on week­ends for Parafed Welling­ton train­ing ses­sions in the lead up to the games.

Com­pet­ing as part of Team Welling­ton, Har­ri­son also been scooter­ing to and from school to keep fit, and swim­ming three times a week.

Har­ri­son is ex­cited to at­tend the games for the first time.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to do­ing shot­put, see­ing how far I can throw, and meet­ing new peo­ple,” he said.

Har­ri­son Strat­ford.

‘I’m look­ing for­ward to do­ing shot­put, see­ing how far I can throw, and meet­ing new ’ peo­ple. Har­ri­son Strat­ford

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