Whether you're an athlete who aims to become a New Zealand Paralympian or just someone who is interested in getting out there, being physically active and getting involved with sport, ParaFed Otago welcomes you to try the variety of sports we have to offer
Check out our list below!
Adaptive Snow Sports is about providing accessible support systems to allow people with a wide range of disabilities to take to the snow and experience the freedom of snow sports with a great group of people.
2022 Adaptive Snow Sports dates are below:
5-7 August (Adaptive Snow Sports Festival), Remarkables Ski Field, Queenstown
26-28 August, Cardrona Ski Field, Wanaka
9-11 September, Cardrona Ski Field, Wanaka
If you're interested in trying out Adaptive Snow Sports get in contact with Kelly Nooy, Sports Development Officer (details at bottom of page).
Athletics is run where athletes will learn the fundamental skills for running, jumping, and throwing. Through this programme, we are hoping to build confidence and eventually, connect with athletics clubs around the region. It is also a great oppourtunity to improve skills in preparation for the Halberg Games!
Boccia is a test of muscle control and accuracy, requiring high focus and concentration. The goal of the sport is to throw or bowl your ball so they land as close as possible to the ‘jack’ ball, similar to petanque. Boccia is open to athletes with a high level of cerebral palsy or related neurological conditions. Players can compete as a team or individually. It is played indoors on a smooth surface. Athletes throw, kick or use ramps to propel the ball onto the wooden court.
The Dunedin Boccia Club sessions are 5:30-7:00 every Wednesday at the Sargood Centre
The Halberg Games aims to provide high-quality sporting opportunities for young disabled people. It provides the youth with a pathway to the Paralympic Games as well as provides them with an opportunity to experience participation and enjoyment through being physically active.
Halberg Games 2021 was an amazing time! In 2022 the Halberg Foundation are changing it up to Regional based events due to the current Covid-19 climate. For the South Island, these will be in Christchurch over the 1 and 2 October.
If you're interested in the Halberg Games, get in contact with Kelly our Sport Development Officer
ParaFed Otago Swimming Squad is about improving your swimming skills and becoming more confident in the water. People or all ages and abilities are welcome to come along, however this is not a learn to swim squad so some prior experience in the water is needed.
Swimming sessions are the last Sunday of every month at Moana Pool from 4-5pm
Wheelchair Basketball is similar to able-bodied basketball, the size of the court, hoops, and balls are all the same. The only difference is that a player must dribble the ball every two pushes of their wheelchair; otherwise, that player will be called for traveling.
If you're interested in playing Wheelchair Basketball check out our Facebook page:
Wheelchair Rugby is a game that is specifically designed for tetraplegics (three limbs are affected by the disability). It is a cross between basketball, American football, and ice hockey. The game is played on a basketball court, and four players per team compete at any one time.
Trainings are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 at the Edgar Centre
If you're interested in playing Wheelchair Rugby, please get in contact with Kelly our Sport Development Officer and in the meantime, check out their Facebook page:
If you're keen to try out any of the sports that ParaFed Otago offers check out our Facebook pages or contact Kelly Nooy, Sports Development Officer.
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