DISABILITY

Manawatu to host disability sports expo

Tuesday 29 January 2013, 9:03AM
By Sport Manawatu
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Regional sports clubs will be showcasing disability sports opportunities at the new Manawatu Disability Sports Expo in The Square on Friday February 15.

The expo, organised by Parafed Manawatu in association with the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and Sport Manawatu, will offer the chance for physically disabled people to play, watch and find out how and when they can keep playing their chosen sport.

The expo is open to everyone and the organisers are encouraging the community to come down and have a go.

Sports on show:

Adaptive snow sports instructors from the Central North Island ski fields will be at the expo to demonstrate a range of adaptive ski gear designed to give people of all abilities an opportunity to experience the thrills of snow sports.

The Manawatu wheelchair rugby team will be there with their specialised wheelchairs, and the public will have the chance to meet and challenge a New Zealand wheelchair basketball champ to a game of basketball.

Wheelchair tennis has just started training sessions in the Manawatu and local members are keen to meet anyone wanting to give the sport a try.

Boccia is an international sport for people with Cerebral Palsy. There is a club in Palmerston North who will be showcasing boccia.

Other sports featured include archery, lawn bowls, golf, shooting, equestrian, Riding for the Disabled, table tennis, athletics, swimming, power chair football, cycling, sailing and goal ball.

Come along and try out a new sport, win some spot prizes and enjoy the atmosphere and a BBQ.

The Manawatu Disability Sport Expo will be held in The Square from 4-8pm Friday February 15. If wet, the event will be postponed to February 22.

For further information and to register your interest, please contact:

John: johns@halberg.co.nz or 0231 1904881
Gregory: parafedmanawatu@xtra.co.nz or 0293583300
Helen:  helen.johnson@sportmanawatu.org.nz or 06 357 5349