New sports club for physically disabled
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:
Winners: The lucky winners and their coaches of the recent Nelson Bays Tennis Association’s Have A Go Day.