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Registrations open for 2021 Halberg Games

Athlete Ella Benn competing in swimming at the 2019 Halberg Games. Photo: Supplied.

Registrations are now open for athletes for the 2021 Halberg Games, a national three-day sports competition for young disabled people from across the country.

The competition, hosted by the Halberg Foundation, will take place at King’s College in Auckland from April 23-25. It’s open to physically disabled and visually impaired athletes aged eight to 21.

The Halberg Foundation is a charity that was founded by Sir Murray Halberg ONZ MBE in 1963 which aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.

The festival-style event is unique to New Zealand providing an opportunity for athletes to connect, compete and pursue further opportunities in sports.

Athletes can register to compete for their region and select from more than 20 sports and activities on offer including; swimming, golf, athletics, wheelchair rugby, football, rowing, table tennis, archery, taekwondo and cross fit.

Halberg Foundation chief executive Shelley McMeeken says they are “delighted to be hosting this event that provides such wonderful opportunities for developing and growing sport and recreation for young physically disabled New Zealanders.”

An opening ceremony will kick-start the festivities on Friday, April 23. The launch celebration will feature a parade of the athletes in their regional teams, lighting of the official Halberg Games' flame, reading of the 'Athlete’s Oath' and guest speakers.

The Halberg Foundation is also searching for volunteers to assist with the three-day event to support in various roles. Anyone wanting to support the Games as a volunteer can register at www.halberggames.co.nz

To register as an athlete, supporter or volunteer for the 2021 Halberg Games go to www.halberggames.co.nz

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