Whether you are an athlete who aims to become a New Zealand Paralympian or someone who is interested in getting involved with sport, ParaFed Otago welcomes you to try the variety of sports we have to offer.
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.
If you're interested in trying out Adaptive Snow Sports check out our Facebook page:
Adaptive Snow Sports
Athletics is run by Jacob Phillips where athletes will learn the fundamental skills for running, jumping, and throwing. Through this programme, we are hoping to build confidence and through this, connect with athletics clubs around the region.
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.
The Junior Disability Games aims to provide high-quality sporting opportunities for young disabled people. They are specifically designed for physically disabled young people. It provides the youth with a pathway to the Paralympic Games.
If you're interested in the Halberg Games, check out our Facebook page:
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.
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 (four 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.
If you're interested in playing Wheelchair Rugby check out our Facebook page: Wheelchair Rugby Otago
Youth Boccia is a mixed sport, where girls and boys are able to play together equally. Players can compete in a team or individually and the game is played indoors on a smooth surface. Athletes throw, kick, or use ramps to propel the ball onto the wooden court.
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.