Young ath­lete com­petes in Hal­berg Game

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Af­ter do­na­tions made by the lo­cal com­mu­nity, young Levin ath­lete Rawiri Tristram and his fam­ily were able to at­tend the 2018 Hal­berg Games in Auck­land ear­lier this month.

Hosted by the Hal­berg Dis­abil­ity Sport Foun­da­tion, the Hal­berg Games is a na­tional three day sports fes­ti­val style event for phys­i­cally dis­abled or vis­ually im­paired young ath­letes aged 8 to 21 years.

Rawiri, 9, com­peted for Team Manawatu¯ with fel­low ath­lete Oliver Lin­ton, led by Parafed Manawatu¯ and team man­ager Shaz Dagg.

It was the Horowhenua young­ster's se­cond time at the event, hav­ing at­tended and been awarded a spe­cial ‘Spirit Of The Games' award recog­nis­ing his pos­i­tive at­ti­tude last year.

This year, Rawiri com­peted in swim­ming, ath­let­ics, wheel­chair rugby and wheel­chair games.

He also at­tended the In­vacare Wheel­chair Rac­ing Mas­ter­class with Aus­tralian Par­a­lympian Rheed McCracken, who holds the world record for the 100m T34 wheel­chair race.

The mas­ter­class was a way for bud­ding wheel­chair ath­letes to gain rac­ing tips and ad­vice.

Rawiri's fam­ily, who are his strong sup­port­ers, re­ceived the Flight Cen­tre Foun­da­tion Sup­port­ers of the Games award for their un­fal­ter­ing sup­port of Rawiri through­out the Games, spokes­woman Natasha Dayal said.

The award was pre­sented by Flight Cen­tre Foun­da­tion's David Coombes to Rawiri's fam­ily, in­clud­ing grand­mother Ma­bel Tasker, grand­fa­ther Roy Free­gard and sis­ter Moana Tristram.

Around 150 ath­letes com­peted in the Hal­berg Games in 12 re­gional teams across 17 dif­fer­ent sports, in­clud­ing swim­ming, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, blind cricket, blind and wheel­chair rugby and ath­let­ics. The games kicked off with an open­ing cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing the light­ing of the of­fi­cial flame, a pa­rade of re­gional teams and spe­cial guest speak­ers.

Hal­berg Foun­da­tion pa­tron and Gover­nor-Gen­eral Dame Patsy Reddy, Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern, Dis­abil­ity Rights Com­mis­sioner and Hal­berg Games am­bas­sador Paula Te­soriero and Par­a­lympian Holly Robin­son were among the guests.

The unique event is de­signed to give 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.

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150 ath­letes com­peted in the Hal­berg Games in 12 re­gional teams across 17 dif­fer­ent sports, in­clud­ing swim­ming, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, blind cricket, blind and wheel­chair rugby and ath­let­ics.

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