Posted on Thursday 31st August, 2023

We are excited to share that we are partnering with Athletics New Zealand and a number of regional organisations to deliver an inclusive Run Jump Throw programme launching in Gisborne, Northland and Southland in October.

PNZ’s Marianne Loh interviews Raylene Bates about why Athletics New Zealand chose to run an Adaptive Run Jump Throw programme.

What is the programme about?

Run Jump Throw is an 8-week programme offered for disabled people of all ages and abilities, and uses modified equipment and games to help maximise participation and enjoyment. The programme uses a bottom-up approach to teach skills and adaptations needed for athletics movements – so participants can learn the necessary fundamental skills and basic movement patterns in an inclusive, positive and supportive environment, and continue to refine their skills through our athletics club following the programme. Participants will learn, grow their confidence and be challenged at their own pace. 

a girl in a red Gisborne top runs on the track with people standing watching on either side
Caption: Para athlete at Halberg Games

How you can get involved

We encourage participants to check out the following: 


  • Launch on 6 October
  • 8-week Run Jump Throw programme starts 5.30pm Wednesday 18 October
  • Awapuni Sports Stadium, 91 Centennial Marine Drive, Awapuni, Gisborne 4010


  • Launch on 14 October
  • 8-week Run Jump Throw programme starts 4.00pm (4-10y.o.) / 5.30pm (11y.o.+) Tuesday 17 October
  • Athletics Track, Park Avenue, Kensington, Whangārei 0112


  • Launch on 23 September.
  • 8-week Run Jump Throw programme starts 5.00pm Monday 9 October
  • Athletics Track, Surrey Park, Surrey Park Road, Invercargill

For Activators

We encourage Activators to check out the following:

An Activator can be anyone who initiates lesson plans, and delivers activities or games whilst maintaining safe and positive engagement of participants. Activators don’t need prior experience.

FREE Inclusion Training:

  • 4 AND 18 September (for Activators only – required to attend one of the dates):
    • Online Activator Education 6.30pm-8.45pm
  • For the Education on 18th September, there is an opportunity to attend the webinar in person and to network with others. Food and refreshments will be served at the following centralised locations:
    • Northland Sports House, 97 Western Hills Drive, Kensington, Whangārei 0112
    • Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, Level One/74 Grey Street, Gisborne 4010