Top honour for Otago's Fairhurst

Kirstie Fairhurst
Kirstie Fairhurst
Otago's Kirstie Fairhurst has won the top honour at the Halberg Junior Disability Games.

The 20-year-old was presented with the Murray Halberg Cup for overall achievement at the Games, as well as winning the best swimming overall female trophy.

Fairhurst, who suffered a spinal cord injury when she was 4, won her five swimming races at the event.

The Games involved 146 athletes aged from 8 to 21 competing at King's College in Auckland over the weekend and were open to young people who are physically disabled and visually impaired.

They consist of 21 different sports and give athletes the chance to compete in regional teams, supported by their local Parafed. The event can act as a pathway to a higher level of competition.

Previous entrants have included Paralympian Jacob Philips and world para-athletics championship competitor Keegan Pitcher.

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