Press Release – Westpac Halberg Awards
Westpac Halberg Awards 2011 co-presenter Rachel Hunter will join members of the SKYCITY Breakers Basketball team to support a Halberg Trust wheelchair basketball session for disabled young people at the North Shore Events Centre next Tuesday (February …
Stars Come Out To Play For Halberg Disability Sport Session
Westpac Halberg Awards 2011 co-presenter Rachel Hunter will join members of the SKYCITY Breakers Basketball team to support a Halberg Trust wheelchair basketball session for disabled young people at the North Shore Events Centre next Tuesday (February 07) from 12-2pm.
Media are welcome to attend the event, which falls two days prior to the 2011 Westpac Halberg Awards at SKYCITY Grand on Thursday 09 February.
Halberg Trust CEO Steve Hall says the wheelchair basketball session is an opportunity to highlight Halberg Trust’s community-based disability sport work in the lead up to its flagship event to honour sporting excellence in New Zealand.
“Most people are well aware of the Trust’s long-standing Westpac Halberg Awards for honouring New Zealand’s sporting greats however fewer people are aware of the central part of Sir Murray Halberg’s vision, which is to enhance the lives of disabled people by enabling them to participate in sport.”
“We are delighted to have Rachel Hunter, the SKYCITY Breakers and potentially other Westpac Halberg Awards finalists attend the wheelchair basketball session so they can experience first-hand how important and beneficial sport is for disabled people,” he said.
The event, held in conjunction with the New Zealand Wheelchair Basketball Association, will begin with a basic drills session followed by a game between two teams comprised of young participants and the celebrity guests.
Hunter, a keen rugby fan and supporter of the All Blacks, has previously co-hosted the Laureus World Sports Awards with John McEnroe.
She was most recently in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup and is flying in from her Los Angeles home to co-host the Westpac Halberg Awards with SKY Sports’ Stephen McIvor.
“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the Westpac Halberg Awards and I’m especially looking forward to meeting some of the inspirational young people who don’t let disability stand in the way of playing sport and living life to the full,” said Hunter.