Youth

Taranaki athletes hope to shine on their new wheelchairs
October 3, 2018 Two young athletes will be using the Rolls Royce of wheelchairs when they take part in the Halberg Junior Disability Games this week. But while 20-year-old Samantha Burgham owns her nearly $5000 basketball chair outright thanks to a grant, Milly Marshall-Kirkwood, 10, has to give her track racing machine back ...
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Anton making tracks in athletics
October 25, 2018 Taranaki athlete Anton Bessling walked away with two awards after the recent Halberg Games in Auckland. The year 13 New Plymouth Boys’ High School student won Athletics Best Male and the Sir Murray Halberg Cup for the most outstanding athlete at the games. “Winning these awards ...
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No limits for young disabled surfers
March 20, 2018 This doesn’t look like your usual surfing, but who’s watching? Surfing with young people of different abilities was a different sight at Oakura Beach during an event run by Parafed Taranaki, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and the Oakura Boardriders Club. Some were standing, some sitting, a ...
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A hand powered trip around Mt Taranaki
January 26, 2018 Jack Brown’s main focus for competing in his first around the mountain cycle challenge is to beat his best mate. And he’ll be doing it on three wheels instead of two. Ben Hekenui’s focus for the race is to stay fit for wheelchair basketball which he represents New ...
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Cancer survivors to take on Round the Mountain Cycle Challenge
January 20, 2017 Taking part in a gruelling 160 kilometre cycle race around Mt Taranaki isn’t the biggest challenge three young cancer survivors have faced. Logan Salisbury, 13, Rory Gardiner, 14, and 23-year-old Olivia Madgwick will all be playing their part for the CanTeen Taranaki team taking part in the ...
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Disabled Taranaki athlete selected for youth council to help encourage others
  December 22, 2016 When Jack Brown lost the use of his legs in a car crash it was his ability to continue playing sport that helped him get through it mentally. Now the 19-year-old wants to help others with disabilities realise their potential and has just been selected for ...
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Taranaki man scouted for multiple sorts at Halberg Junior Disability Games
April 28, 2016 Jack Brown has dreams of representing his country at the Paralympics but in what sport is still up in the air. Brown, who was confined to a wheelchair after a car crash in September, tried out several different disciplines at last week’s Halberg Junior Disability Games in Hamilton. He ...
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From chance meeting to a new leg
September 15, 2014 Jono Brownjohn’s new leg is built for speed and he is hoping it will take him all the way to the Paralympics in Rio. The New Plymouth Boys’ High School student is in the top five in the world for high jump for an athlete with ...
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Anton aiming high in the pool
August 20, 2014 Anton Besseling swims like a fish despite his physical limitations. The New Plymouth Boys’ High School student was born with Holt-Oram Syndrome, a condition characterised by skeletal abnormalities of the hands and arms, and he has just three fingers on each hand. But that has not ...
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