New sports club for phys­i­cally dis­abled

The Leader (Tasman) - - ELECTION/SPORT -

Tracey Perry is keen to hear from phys­i­cally dis­abled youth who want to join a new youth sports club.

She has been em­ployed by Parafed Can­ter­bury and the Hal­berg Dis­abil­ity Sports foun­da­tion to start up the club specif­i­cally for phys­i­cally dis­abled youth aged 5-18, in Nel­son and Tas­man area.

She says one has been run­ning in Christchurch for at least 13 years but not in the Nel­son re­gion.

‘‘This is a pi­lot scheme and we are hop­ing to take it na­tion­wide,’’ she says.

The club will be based at Sports House at Sax­ton Field but will go out for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as swim­ming at the ASB Aquatic Cen­tre in Rich­mond.

Start­ing on Oc­to­ber 17, it will be held on Thurs­days from 4 to 5pm.

Tracey, who has a sport and recre­ation de­gree, says there will be a range of sports such as ath­let­ics, row­ing, bocca and wheel­chair rugby, as well as out­door pur­suits such as kayak­ing, and some fun ac­tiv­i­ties such as ten­pin bowl­ing.

‘‘The idea is to get out and be ac­tive and take part in a va­ri­ety of sports. If some­one likes a par­tic­u­lar sport we will re­visit it with them to en­sure coach ed­u­ca­tion and adap­ta­tions oc­cur to over­come bar­ri­ers.

Th­ese youth will also be on the radar of Par­a­lympics NZ.’’

The club in Christchurch had been a proven step­ping stone for cur­rent parath­letes on the world stage. ‘‘We want the phys­i­cally dis­abled youth in our re­gion to have those same op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

She is also keen to hear from vol­un­teers want­ing to help with the club’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact Tracey at 923 2323 or tperry @parafed­can­ter­bury.co.nz

Rac­ing: Tracey Perry in ac­tion dur­ing an iron man con­test in 2010. Inset:

Tracey Perry.

Photo: ALI­SON MCQUIL­LAN

Win­ners: The lucky win­ners and their coaches of the re­cent Nel­son Bays Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion’s Have A Go Day.

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