10 Nov 2014

Sport: Paralympic talent spotters hit the Pacific

12:45 pm on 10 November 2014

Pacific Island nations are increasing their activity in the lead up to, and qualification for, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

A Coaching Advisor from the Australian Paralympic Committee is running workshops in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Pierre Chibia from the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee says having the advisor in the country is a boost for Para-athletes.

"It's mainly to do with identifying athletes with the potential to compete with the hope that we can compete at Rio, particularly in athletics and table tennis. The workshops they've been running this week is to develop the capacity of coaches in multiple sports to provide sporting programmes for athletes with disabilities."

In January 2015 a similar process will be undertaken in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

Vanuatu flag displayed during Paralympic ceremony

Vanuatu flag displayed during Paralympic ceremony Photo: Vanuatu Paralympic Committee