Active Sports

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!

  • Halberg games

    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.

  • Athletics

    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.

  • Adaptive Snow Sports

    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.

  • Swimming

    ParaFed Otago can run swimming sessions if demand presents itself, otherwise we can help connect you with the right swimming club or support you to find suitable lessons if you need them. Swimming is a crucial life skill all New Zealanders should have knowledge and capability in.

  • Boccia

    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.

  • Wheelchair Rugby

    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.

  • Wheelchair Basketball

    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.

  • Table Tennis

    Table tennis is a dynamic indoor sport where players use small paddles to hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table divided by a net, it can be played individually or in doubles. If you would like to play please register prior with the secretary by sending an email via their website or by email to

Want to join in on the fun?

ParaFed Otago is one of the leading regional disability sport and recreation organisations in New Zealand. If you have always wanted to be involved in a sport or activity, but have been unsure where to start, then we are here to help you.