Paralympics: Halberg Games showcasing New Zealand's Paralympic stars of the future

Friday marked the beginning of a very special sporting event in Auckland - the annual Halberg Games.

The three day event gives athletes with disabilities the chance to represent their region in a wide range of sporting codes.  

For some, it's an opportunity to showcase their skills to paralympic selectors, while for others it's just about taking part and having fun.  

The Halberg Games are giving disabled kids the opportunity to compete against one another.

Tasman was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 12 years old, but she wasn't ready to give up her love for sport and she didn't have to.

"I'm so glad there are games like this with all the inclusion, you just don't feel so alone," Tasman says

10-year-old Lezae Te Reo has never been to the games before, but she knew this event was for her. 

 "I heard that a lot of people came here who have disabilities, so I really wanted to come too," Te Reo says.  

The event is bringing smiles to everyone's faces as it gives these para-athletes the opportunity to compete when normally they couldn't. 

"Just to see these athletes absolutely going for it and having fun with their friends," All Black great Dan Carter says. "It's a great event."

The event in Auckland this weekend is the biggest yet, with 200 people expected to compete and for some of our Paralympians, this is the springboard to success.

I started at an event very similar to this at the CCS games," Paralympian Holly Robinson says. "It was just to have a go at athletics and swimming."

The Halberg games is the first step towards turning these athlete's dreams into a reality. 

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