Sports event great suc­cess

Northern News - - OUT & ABOUT - AN­NETTE LAMBLY

A record num­ber of young North­landers liv­ing with a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity have tried new sports in a bid to en­gage in sport.

Just un­der 50 youths aged be­tween seven and 21 years from all over the re­gion took part in Parafed North­land’s Ju­nior Dis­abil­ity Sports Day at Whangarei’s ASB Sta­dium re­cently.

The aim of the event is to con­nect and inspire North­land youth to be­come in­volved in sport of some sort - so­cially or com­pet­i­tively.

En­trants tried out var­i­ous track and field events, vis­ually im­paired sports, boc­cia, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, pow­er­chair foot­ball, bad­minton and taek­wondo.

Parafed North­land is an or­gan­i­sa­tion solely about get­ting phys­i­cally dis­abled into sport. Chair­woman Vicki Meyer says it was amaz­ing to see so many youth take up the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘It’s awe­some for dis­abled sport in the re­gion,’’ she says. ‘‘We aimed to give all those in­volved a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with sport.’’

In pre­vi­ous years the event has been well at­tended, with some go­ing on to join a club.

‘‘Sport is such a pow­er­ful ve­hi­cle for young peo­ple to so­cialise and learn about them­selves. We are all about in­clu­sive sport and re­cre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties, we want to see peo­ple liv­ing with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties en­joy­ing sport the same as any­one else.’’


Jor­dana Wong learns how to bowl un­der the guid­ance of Henri Bouwmeester .

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