Sport Taranaki are working alongside Parafed Taranaki to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for people with a physical or visual impairment to participate in sport and recreation .
Additionally Parafed Taranaki works with the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation on programmes when they are specifically designed for youth.
Below are the programmes we currently run in the community or have a connection with:
Boccia is an inclusive sport in which men and women of all ages and abilities can play together. Similar to indoor bowls and petanque, boccia is a non-contact target sport that is played indoors and can be played from a seated position using soft leather balls.
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Paritutu Bowls Club Indoor Stadium at 5:30-6:30pm
Dates for 2017 are:
In Taranaki wheelchair basketball is played throughout majority of the year with a summer and winter league available. The game is played on a standard basketball court with standard height hoops and a standard size ball. For those who are keen to give it a go we have sport specific wheelchairs available for participants to use. The sessions are often social and typically involve a game. Competitive pathways are also available to those who are interested.
Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments for 2017
Northern League - 4 Tournaments
New Plymouth 20/05/17
North Island Championships
Wheelchair Basketball Nationals
Monthly Sport Youth Club
Every month Parafed Taranaki and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation put on a monthly youth sport club. This is for youth aged 5-21 with a physical or visual impairment. Every month a different sport or recreational activity is chosen for the youth to have a go at such as bowling, rock climbing, badminton, sailing, surfing and so on. This is a great chance to learn new skills while meeting new people in a friendly fun environment.
Cycle takes place at the Bell Block Cycle Park in the summer months. Trikes, hand cycles, tandems and bicycles and all abilities are all welcome. These sessions are both recreational and development based. We also have a varieity of bicycles available for use.
Every year in January the Around the Mountain Cycle Challenge takes place in Taranaki. Parafed Taranaki enters a relay team which covers the 148km, this consist of multiple riders on a variety on bikes, hand cycles, tandems and/or trikes. This event is always lots of fun and an opportunity to work together as a team to complete the challenge.
Paralympics New Zealand talent ID Cycle Camp
Paralympics New Zealand come to New Plymouth annually to host the Paralympics cycling ID camp . This is a chance for anyone with a physical or visual impairment to gather more information about the cycling pathways in New Zealand. It is usually hosted in January over a weekend and practical and theory sessions are involved.
Athletics & Swimming
In 2017 Parafed Taranaki and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation received funding for an athletics programme for youth through Kiwisport. This programme is for youth aged 5-18 with a physical or visual impairment. The programme is run over February and March and targets all athletic and swimming disciplines. All abilities are welcome.
Recreation events are put on biannually and are a chance for members to get to socialise outside of their sporting codes. These two events tend to fall in July and December. Family and friends are welcome.
Disability Sport Schools Programme
Parafed Taranaki and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation work together to deliver the disability sport schools programme . The aim of this project is to raise awareness of the disability sports that are available to any student in Taranaki with a physical of visual impairment. This also includes ways to better include disabled students into the schools PE programme. Sports taught include wheelchair basketball, goalball, boccia and sitting volleyball.
Halberg Junior Disability Games
Every year the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation put on the Junior Disability Games, this takes place within the North Island with Auckland being the location for 2017. This will be in October and occur over a weekend. Parafed Taranaki will facilitate and assist with a team going to these games. The games are for youth aged from 5-21.
If you know of anyone who would like to participate in these programmes or would like to know more, please call our Sport Development Advisor for ParaFed.
Special Olympics New Zealand offers a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information please visit the Special Olympics website.