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Including disabled young people

Video series
On 3-4 Sept 2023, the annual Sport NZ Disability Hui brought together over 120 people from the sector to collaborate on providing inclusive opportunities for disabled young people.

Watch a series of videos featuring keynote speakers, disabled young people and Sport NZ staff speaking about ways we can include disabled tamariki and rangatahi in sport and recreation. 

Learn what we can do to ensure everyone enjoys the benefits of being active, regardless of their disability, and hear from disabled young people themselves about how small changes can make a big difference to their lives. 

How youth voice helps create inclusive opportunities 

Jaden Movold of the Halberg Youth Council, Grace Payne of the Special Olympics NZ Board and Kiran Dixon of the Halberg Foundation discuss how we can support disabled tamariki and rangatahi to be physically active in ways that work for them. Learn why it’s important that disabled young people lead and have a say on their own physical activity experiences.

The power of communication and choice 

Communication is a critical, and often overlooked, aspect of accessibility. Robyn Smith of Sport Inclusion Australia shares why it’s important to listen to disabled young people’s needs and provide a range of physical activity experiences for them to participate in. 

Celebrating individuality and embracing diversity 

Hear from Rhion Munro of the Joyful Movement about the importance of creating safe spaces and positive environments for young people to participate fully as themselves. Learn how physical activity experiences are improved by the presence of diversity.

The benefits of inclusion in and outside of the classroom

Inclusion creates loads of benefits for individuals and the wider school environment. Fiona McDonald from Education Outdoors NZ explains why it’s important that disabled young people get opportunities to be active outside the classroom alongside their peers and what this teaches students. 

Creating sustainable change 

Hear from Sport NZ Chief Executive Raelene Castle and Disability Lead Justin Muschamp about why providing inclusive opportunities for disabled tamariki and rangatahi is central to Sport NZ’s vision. Learn how we can ensure no one is missing out on the benefits of being active, regardless of their disability. 

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