While Olympic champion Sir Murray Halberg’s story has touched so many people with his participation in the Olympics in the 1960s, young disabled New Zealanders today continue to fight for an equal opportunity to practice sports and recreations adapted to their needs.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki, a Pacific Resort Hotel Group property, is proud to support the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, founded in 1963 with a mission to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.
Every year, the foundation hosts the prestigious Halberg Awards, recognizing sporting excellence in more than twelve categories. Pacific Resort Aitutaki contributed to this year’s event by sponsoring a 5-Star accommodation prize package that was presented at the 54th Hallberg Awards ceremony, held on Thursday 9th February, 2017 at Vector Arena in Auckland. Each year this awards ceremony continues to act as the main fundraising event for the Foundation.
The much needed funds allow the foundation to continue to provide programmes to support disabled young people to overcome the obstacles preventing them from participating in sports and recreation, such as the AllSports program. The AllSports programme employs nine Disability Sport Advisers, dedicated, highly skilled, expert field staff who operate the programme throughout New Zealand. The programme also offers a No Exception Training (NET) course on adapting sport to include physically disabled New Zealanders, as well as grants to help young disabled people overcome the financial barriers that prevent them from participating in sport. The programme hosts multiple events, including the Halberg Junior Disability Games.
As a firm believer in equal opportunities for all, Pacific Resort Aitutaki is happy to contribute to the success of this impressive foundation, in the hopes of enhancing the quality of life of the many young New Zealanders faced with disabilities.