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Registrations Open for 2016 Halberg Junior Disability Games

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3 December 2015

REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2016 HALBERG JUNIOR DISABILITY GAMES

National Sports Competition for Physically Disabled Young Kiwis

Registrations are now open for the 2016 Halberg Junior Disability Games, a national three day sports competition in Cambridge for physically disabled or visually impaired young people aged eight to 21 years old.

Hosted by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, the charity set up by Olympic running champion Sir Murray Halberg, the Games will be held at St Peter’s School from Friday 22 April to Sunday 24 April 2016.

Athletes will compete in regional teams in 19 sports including; football, archery, athletics, badminton, blind cricket, equestrian, goalball, golf, paddle boarding, rowing, swimming, table tennis, triathlon and waka ama.

A highlight of the Games will be the boccia and wheelchair basketball National Junior Championships. Team Waikato, who took out the wheelchair basketball honours in 2015 will be defending their title.

A sports festival style opening ceremony at the Avantidrome will kick off the weekend of action. The celebration will include a lighting of the official Games flame, guest speakers and a parade of the regional teams, setting the precedent for three days of comradery, and competition.

“The Halberg Junior Disability Games perfectly represents success, determination and team spirit,” says Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Chief Executive, Shelley McMeeken.

“For the athletes it is an opportunity to start the pathway in a new sport and hopefully we will see some of them represent New Zealand on the world stage in years to come.”

To register for the 2016 Halberg Junior Disability Games go towww.juniordisabilitygames.org.nz.

Halberg Junior Disability Games Event Details

Date: Friday 22 April – Sunday 24 April 2016

Location: St Peter’s School, Cambridge

Register at www.juniordisabilitygames.org.nz

ENDS

About the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation

The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation is a charity that was founded by Sir Murray Halberg in 1963 on the belief that all New Zealanders should have access to sports – with no exceptions. The Foundation has worked tirelessly to make Sir Murray's vision a reality and now employs Disability Sport Advisers around the country who connect physically disabled people to sport and recreation opportunities in schools, clubs and in their communities as well as providing grants for adaptive sports equipment. www.halberg.co.nz


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