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Legends to host the Halberg Sport for Life Dinner

By andreasvendsen on September 20, 2016

Bronze medal winning Paralympian swimmer Rebecca Dubber will be one of the guests of honour at the third annual Halberg Sport for Life Dinner.

She will join other sporting legends this Thursday (29 September) at the event, which is hosted by the Harcourts Foundation. All the money raised goes directly to helping disabled Kiwi children take part in sport.

Rebecca has a close relationship with Halberg, having once been a recipient of funding from the charity.

She won bronze on the very first day of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, coming from behind after a slow start to win third in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S7. Afterwards she said:

“I’m not even really comprehending it right now. It’s so exciting and amazing and to think I was so nervous and unsure of what I would be capable of today and I’ve completely blown my expectations and I think everyone else’s.”

Another guest of honour at the Halberg Sport for Life Dinner will be the legendary athletics coach, Arch Jelley, who is now 94 years of age.

Arch’s first protégé went to the 1956 Olympic Games at Montreal. He coached John Walker to win gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and this year he coached 1500m contender Hamish Carson at Rio.

He will share his incredible story, along with other panellists including three time Supreme Halberg Award winner Rob Waddell, BLACKCAP Grant Elliott and Auckland City FC defender Ivan Vicelich*. SKY Sport presenter Scotty Stevenson will once again MC the event.

The Harcourts Foundation is an official partner of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, the charity started by Sir Murray Halberg in 1963. The work of the Halberg Foundation includes a team of regional Disability Sport Advisers throughout New Zealand. These expert staff work with physically disabled young people and their families to get them involved in sports and recreation.

The Foundation also provides grants to help pay for adaptive sports equipment, lessons and assistance at school camps.

Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy says the partnership was formed after many of the Harcourts team witnessed first-hand the incredible difference Halberg makes to the lives of disabled Kiwis and their families.

“To see a child grow in confidence and really start to believe their disability doesn’t need to hold them back, is a wonderful thing.

“At Harcourts we are in awe of the work the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation does, and it is humbling to be able to hand over the proceeds of the Sport for Life Dinner to them.”