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Building the Para Sport Family

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Part of the PNZ Strengthen and Adapt Plan, “Building the Para Sport Family” is a two-part project designed to support Para athletes and coaches through a Para Sport Collective and Para sport coach resource development. The Para Sport Collective provides in-person camps and virtual support across all Para sports for Para athletes and coaches to build connections, confidence and knowledge through shared experiences and talent enrichment. Coach Development will provide the resources for coaches across non-disabled and Para sport to gain knowledge, capability and confidence and creativity to coach and support Para athletes.

Para Sport Collective, supported by ACC

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The Para Sport Collective is for Para athletes and coaches across the wide range of Para sports. These Para athletes are in the midrange of their Para sport journey (i.e. pre High Performance) where there is currently limited support. PNZ will develop the Para Sport Collective to have an inclusive selection process ensuring a balance of male and female Para athletes and coaches.

The central purpose of the Para Sport Collective is connecting Para athletes and coaches while surrounding them with support and a range of learning and development opportunities.

Over a 3-year period the Para Sport Collective approach will include 6 national in-person camps (alternating between North Island and South Island locations to ensure accessibility) across two intakes and bi-monthly virtual connection opportunities. There will be two intakes over the period of the project.

PNZ has co-designed the Para Sport Collective with the PNZ Athletes Council, NSOs/NDSOs and coaches to understand current state and needs. This includes understanding and complementing initiatives being delivered at regional level in this space.

A monitoring and evaluation framework has been developed to track the impact and outcomes of the Para Sport Collective, as the basis for ongoing improvements.

Coaching Development

An athletics coach explains something to an athlete in a racing wheelchair

LevelUp is a series of online modules for coaching disabled athletes no matter whether you are just starting out or want to grow your skills.

LevelUp is available on the Sport NZ learning platform, Sport Tutor. That means you can learn in your own time, at your own pace.

What's covered in the Resources?

LevelUp resources are made up of 9 modules. Once you complete the first 2 modules, it will unlock 7 additional impairment specific modules.

  • Introduction to Para Sport
  • Classification for Coaches
  • Coaching for Intellectual Impairment
  • Coaching for Athletes with Impaired Muscle Power
  • Coaching for Impaired (Passive) Range of Motion
  • Coaching for Neurological Impairments
  • Coaching for Athletes with Limb deficiencies
  • Coaching for Vision Impaired Athletes
  • Coaching for Short Stature Athletes

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