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Halberg Disability Sport Foundation wins bid to manage New Zealand’s Junior Disability Games

Junior Disability Games. Image credit: Junior Disability Games.
Junior Disability Games.  Image credit: Junior Disability Games.

Junior Disability Games. Image credit: Junior Disability Games.

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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