Nelson Leader : September 26th 2013
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Tracey Perry is keen to hear from physically disabled youth who want to join a new youth sports club. She has been employed by Parafed Canterbury and the Halberg Disability Sports Foun- dation to start up the club specifically for physically dis- abled youth aged 5 to 18, in the Nelson and Tasman area. She says one has been running in Christchurch for at least 13 years but not in the Nelson region. This is a pilot scheme and we are hoping to take it nation- wide, she says. The club will be based at Sports House at Saxton Field but will go out for various activi- ties such as swimming at the ASB Aquatic Centre in Rich- mond. Starting on October 17, it will be held on Thursdays from 4 till 5pm. Tracey, who has a sport and recreation degree, says there will be a range of sports avail- able including athletics, rowing, bocca and wheelchair rugby, as well as outdoor pursuits such as kayaking and some fun activities such as tenpin bowling. The idea is to get out and be active and take part in a variety of sports. If someone likes a par- ticular sport we will revisit it with them to ensure coach edu- cation and adaptations occur to overcome barriers. These youth will also be on the radar of Para- lympics NZ. The club in Christchurch had been a proven stepping stone for current parathletes on the world stage. Tracey is also keen to hear from volunteers wanting to help with the club s activities. Anyone interested can contact Tracey at 923 2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org Crowd thunders support at finals The Fulton Hogan Basketball League is more than just a sport's competition. Many of those competing have supported learning needs and relish the chance to play as a team and learn new skills. Susan Matthews was at the final weekend in Richmond. Tight spot: Jason Hogarth, Waimea DC Kings, surrounded by defenders from The Thunder in the A Grade final. Well done: Greg Melvin, Regional Manager, Fulton Hogan Nelson, congratulates Bulls team member Bryce Haycock. September 15 was the Fulton Hogan Basketball League finals and the culmination of this season s competition games for eighteen teams from A and B grades. You could hear the roar of the crowd packed into Jack Robbins Stadium in the heart of Stoke, as soon as you came within cooee of the venue. Once inside you are caught up in a wave of excitement and enthusi- asm, along with a cacophony of stom- ping and cheering from the players, their families and supporters. The finals inevitably result in close games. This year the A grade final was a classic example, with defending champions Waimea DC Kings forced into an overtime period that saw The Thunder take the championship title by two baskets; final score 38 --34. In the B grade, Sugar Rush had a somewhat easier road to take their championship title. Third and fourth place in both grades provided nailbiting matches, with both games ending in a one-goal difference. While team placings and titles are important, the league also recognises and values the efforts and achieve- ments of individual players. Thun- derous applause and support sur- round the players as they step up to receive awards such as Outstanding Sportsmanship and Rookie Stars of the Future. Equally, players applaud the volunteers who run the league and make such a positive event a must see on the basketball calendar. Hamish Hurst who plays in the A grade Bulls team said, I have been playing basketball for seven years, and I like trying new skills and improving my co-ordination too. I m friends with all my team-mates and what I like about the finals weekend is the general yahooing! And sup- porting my friends in other teams. Many of the players participating in the league have supported learn- ing needs and have come together to learn to play a sport and experience being part of a team. Founder of the league Heather Walker explained the league meets a need beyond participation in a sport. It creates pathways for our young adults into other basketball leagues as the players skills and confidence increases, breaks down barriers in our community and increases social networks and supports for school leavers. The league also helps the players and their families to feel included as members of their com- munity too, she said. The league continues to grow with support from primary sponsors national roading company Fulton Hogan, which has been a sponsor for eight years, along with the a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers.
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