Earlier today, the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation anounnced that their bid to manage New Zealand’s Junior Disability Games was selected by Independence Games Trust (IGT), and they will take organizational control starting with the 2015 games.
The 2014 edition of the games were held in April in Cambridge. Sports on the schedule included boccia, cycling, indoor para-rowing, swimming, triathlon, waka ama, water safety and wheelchair basketball.
The games originated in 1992 and are open to all disability sport competitors aged 8 to 17. The purpose is two fold: to provide athletes with an experience so they can further a dream to represent and to provide young sportspeople with a chance to compete against and play others when they may have limited opportunities to do so in their communities. It has traditionally used a simplified classification similar to the one used by the NZ Secondary School Athletics Association.