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Published 01-Oct-2020
NOW OPEN - 2021 ACADEMY APPLICATIONS
Applications are now open for the 2021 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme and close on Thursday 22nd October 2020.

The programme provides support to athletes, coaches and officials on their pathway to high performance programmes, and ultimately representing New Zealand at World Championships and the Paralympic Games.

Those selected in the programme will receive a funding grant, have the opportunity to attend academy seminars and have their achievements promoted through the year.

There will be three levels of support for athletes, up to three coach scholarships and one scholarship for officials (which may include, but not limited to, officials, referees and classifiers).


Athlete Application
(PDF version) and (Word version)

Coaches & Officials Application
(PDF version) and (Word version)

Published 22-Sep-2020
HYDROTHERAPY POOL RE-OPENS

The hydrotherapy pool sessions at Burwood Hospital will resume on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

Published 21-Sep-2020
2020 BOCCIA CLUB LEAGUE - FINAL STANDINGS

The final round of our Boccia Club League (BCL) was held on Saturday 19 September 2020. After 9 exciting rounds of competition, it came down to the final game to decide the winner.


Congratulations to Thomas Chin who won the BCL Shield by just 1 point. Paul Woodhead finished in 2nd place and was the big improver from last year. He was followed by Jeremy Morriss in 3rd place and Lilian Exton in 4th place.


A huge thank you to Craig Gadsby, Matt Mill and Alisha Mill for coordinating this years competition.

Published 25-Aug-2020
BERNIE WALKER AWARD WINNER

A huge congratulations to boccia player, Alisha Mill, who was presented with the Canterbury Sports Foundation "Bernie Walker Award" at their recent AGM.


The Bernie Walker Award is presented annually to a Canterbury based junior athlete (19yrs & under) who has achieved to a high standard of performance in their chosen sport. As part of this award, Alisha also receives a funding grant to support her development as a boccia player.


This award was first presented in 2006 and this is the very first time a Para athlete has received this award. Thank you to the Canterbury Sports Foundation for your support of Para sport.

Published 12-Aug-2020
COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated Tuesday 18th August 2020, 9:00am


A quick update on some of the local programmes during Level 2.


The following are still going ahead as scheduled:


* Junior Boccia - Tuesday
* Selwyn Junior Sports - Tuesday
* Para Table Tennis - Tuesday
* Shooting Para Sport Club - Tuesday (starting 25 Aug)
* Junior Sports Club - Wednesday

* Aquagym Junior Para Swimming - Thursday

* Boccia Club - Saturday


The following have been postponed until further notice:


* Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool - Wednesday/Sunday

* Selwyn Junior Para Swimming - Wednesday


For those programmes that are still going ahead, we will be back into our Level 2 contract tracing, social distancing and hand wash protocols that we are all familiar with.


Keep an eye on our Facebook page for any additional updates.


Published 12-Aug-2020
CANTERBURY PRIMARY SCHOOLS BOCCIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to the students who competed in the Canterbury Primary Schools Boccia Championships at the Bishopdale YMCA. It was a fantastic event and great we could get it completed before the midday Level 2 deadline.


The top three placings were:

1. Millie Long (Rolleston School)

2. Amber Proudfoot (St Peter's School)

3. Ellie Truscott (Mairehau Primary School)


Special thanks to Mitch Rhodes, our local Halberg Advisor, and all the volunteers for helping to make the competition happen.


Published 04-Aug-2020
MEMBERS RECEIVE ORDER OF MERITS

Congratulations to Hadleigh Pierson and Roly Crichton on being presented their medals at the Investiture Ceremony held in Christchurch on Monday 3 August 2020.


Hadleigh was presented his medal as a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit and Roly with the Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit both for their service to Paralympic Sport.


Published 20-Jul-2020
TERM 3 START DATES

The Term 3 start dates for some of our Sports & Programmes are:

TUE 21 JUL
Junior Boccia - ParaFed Canterbury

Para Table Tennis - Table Tennis Canterbury

Selwyn Junior Sports - ParaFed Canterbury


WED 22 JUL
Junior Sports Club - ParaFed Canterbury


THU 23 JUL
Junior Para Swimming - Aquagym Swim Club


SAT 25 JUL
Boccia - ParaFed Canterbury


WED 05 AUG
Junior Para Swimming -
Selwyn Swim Club

TUE 25 AUG
Shooting Para sport -
ParaFed Canterbury


The Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby and Canterbury Powerchair Football training start dates are still to be confirmed.


For more information, or to register your interest, please contact:


Hadleigh Pierson, Sports Manager
hpierson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz


Charlotte Pawson, Junior Sports Manager
cpawson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz


Published 27-May-2020
NOTICE OF 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on the rescheduled date of Thursday 18 June 2020 at 5:00pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.

The vacant board positions have been filled and the new board members were announced in late March 2020. If you would like to make a motion please use the attached motion form.

The motion form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Friday 12 June 2020. Our Audited Accounts are available to be viewed so please contact the ParaFed Canterbury office.


2020 Notice of AGM
2020 Motion Forms


Published 25-May-2020
GETTING BACK INTO SPORT

Fantastic to see that many of our Para athletes, coaches and staff have been able to get back into training and exercise during Level 2.

(Left to right, top to bottom)
Eamon Wood, Lilian Exton, Ieuan Edwards, Ella Benn, William Stedman, Charlotte Pawson, Alisha Mill, Charlotte Murphy, Sam Manson, Sophie Pascoe, Montana Brown, Cody Everson, Hadleigh Pierson, Scott Martlew, Kayne Tukapua, Gabriella Smith, Lili-Fox Mason.


Published 14-May-2020
WINNERS - PARAFED NETWORK ALERT LEVEL 3 GAMES

The prize winners from the ParaFed Network Alert Level 3 Games have been announced.


CHALLENGE WINNERS

Winners will receive a block of chocolate


Challenge 1 - Emma Bolton (creative map)

Challenge 2 - Dylan Lloyd (boccia)

Challenge 3 - Sam Manson (building a village)

Challenge 4 - Ben Gould (100 reps)

Challenge 5 - Emma Bolton (team relay)

Challenge 6 - Gabriella Smith (food tasting)

Challenge 7 - Eamon Wood (basketball)

Challenge 8 - Oakley Herd (goalball)

Challenge 9 - Charlotte Walker (name the games)

Challenge 10 - Zack Lappin (performing your talent)


The lucky draw for the major and minor prizes also took place this morning with a little help from Freya.


MAJOR PRIZE WINNER

$60 Rebel Sport Voucher

Joshua Rae


MINOR PRIZE WINNER

$30 Rebel Sport Voucher

Gabriella Smith


Congratulations and thank you to everyone for being involved. We hope that you all enjoyed it and it helped pass the time getting through Alert Level 3.


Published 29-Apr-2020
PARAFED NETWORK ALERT LEVEL 3 GAMES

The ParaFed Network are pleased to bring to our members and their families the Alert Level 3 Games.

With the majority of sports and programmes still on hold, it is important that everyone continues to stay active. With this in mind, ParaFeds from across the country will bring you a new challenge to complete every two days. These will be sports based challenges ... with a few bonus challenges in there just for fun!


Check out the ParaFed Canterbury Facebook Page to watch the videos and encourage others in your bubble to get involved too.

Let the Games begin!


Published 25-Apr-2020
BOCCIA CLUB LOCKDOWN LEAGUE

The ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club Lockdown League has just completed after two weeks of exciting and enjoyable competition.


The Lockdown League was a series of challenges that our boccia club members completed at home, with points up for grabs, and the title of Lockdown League Champion!


After 7 challenges, several bonus rounds, and even a tiebreaker, the top two players couldn’t be separated on points. A very well deserved 1st place was awarded to both competitors.


1st Equal - Jeremy Morriss & Scott Martin

2nd Place - Alisha Mill

3rd Place - Matt Mill


Thank you to everyone involved in our club competition. We hope others from Canterbury and around the country were able to try their skills at some of the fantastic challenges.


Published 24-Apr-2020
JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB UPDATE

The ParaFed Canterbury Junior Sports Club had their first Zoom Catch Up today. Exciting to see all their smiling faces and hear what they have been up to during the lockdown.

The ParaFed Canterbury Juniors were also involved in a fantastic ParaFed’s Got Talent competition during the lockdown. The winner of the individual entry was Honor Griffiths with her hitting the target talent and the winner of the group entry was the Brewster Family with their taking out the trash video.

Published 20-Apr-2020
NEW BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED

ParaFed Canterbury is thrilled to announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of ParaFed Canterbury.

Nicki Turner and Geraldine Rae were both unanimously voted in by the current board members in mid-March. As per our constitution, they were to be officially announced as new board members at our Annual General Meeting, however this had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

The board members for the next 12 months are as follows:


Annette Melrose

Grant Philip

Sian Ruth

Nicki Turner

Geraldine Rae

Ken Sowden (staff member)


Published 23-Mar-2020
UPDATE FROM PARAFED CANTERBURY

Dear ParaFed Canterbury Community,


Due to the Prime Minister’s announcement this afternoon (Monday 23rd March), it is with huge sadness that we advise that all ParaFed Canterbury programmes and activities are now on hold until further notice.


Our Annual General Meeting, due to be held this Thursday, will be postponed until a later date.


We would like to thank everyone for your support! Please keep yourselves, your family & friends safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.


Kind regards,

ParaFed Canterbury


Published 13-Mar-2020
STRATEGIC PLAN 2020 - 2023

The Board of ParaFed Canterbury have approved a new Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. Click on the link below to view.


Strategic Plan 2020 - 2023


Published 10-Mar-2020
NOTICE OF 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on Thursday 26 March 2020 at 5:00pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.

Board Nomination and Motion Form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 March 2020. Our Audited Accounts will also be available to be viewed from the 17 March 2020 at the ParaFed Canterbury office or we can email you a copy upon request.


2020 Notice of AGM
2020 Nomination & Motion Forms


Published 09-Mar-2020
ADVICE AROUND ATTENDING OUR SPORTS & PROGRAMMES

Everyone knows the current state of play with regards to viruses and the spreading of germs. ParaFed Canterbury would just like to remind everyone to use common sense when attending our sports and programmes.


If you are feeling unwell, or have recently been sick, you are encouraged to stay away until you are fully recovered. This is to help reduce the risk of spreading to other members or their families.


ParaFed Canterbury will have hand sanitizer available at our junior sports programmes, boccia and shooting clubs. Our partner sports clubs are encouraged to do the same.

Published 06-Mar-2020
JUNIOR PROGRAMMES

Below are some of the junior programmes that are offered by ParaFed Canterbury and our sports club partners. For more information contact cpawson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz


JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB
Wednesday 4:30 - 5:30pm
Held at different locations around Christchurch, the Junior Sports Club offers younger members (5-16yrs) action packed sessions across a variety of sports.


JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB - SELWYN
Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30pm (Fortnightly)
Held at Rolleston Primary School (or nearby facilities), this programme offers younger members (5-16yrs) who live in the Selwyn District the opportunity to try sports without having to travel too far.


JUNIOR BOCCIA
Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30pm

Held at the Bishopdale Community Centre, this programme offers younger members a fantastic introduction to the exciting sport of boccia. We also teach the basic rules so players are confident to compete in the local schools boccia tournaments.


JUNIOR PARA SWIMMING
Thursday 6:30 - 7:30pm

Held at the Aquagym Pool, this session is for young Para swimmers who are looking at getting into regular swim training and competition. An assessment on swimming ability is required before attending.

Published 06-Mar-2020
SPORTS & CLUB PROGRAMMES

Below are some of the Para sports that are on offer by ParaFed Canterbury and our sports club partners. For more information contact hpierson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Published 31-Dec-2019
NEW YEARS HONOUR FOR HADLEIGH

Congratulations to our Sports Manager, Hadleigh Pierson, who was named in the New Years Honours List as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for his services to Paralympic Sport.


Hadleigh developed a world class programme in New Zealand of Talent Identification while working at Paralympics New Zealand and has been responsible for recruiting hundreds of potential athletes to Para sport and from this group many have gone on to represent New Zealand at a Paralympic Games. This is not a job for Hadleigh but rather a passion as he has also represented New Zealand at two Paralympic Games in swimming and so he has a real drive for finding new athletes and starting them on their sporting pathway.


After developing the new national Talent Identification programme he moved back to Canterbury and now uses his incredible skills and knowledge to motivate a new generation of young Cantabrians to get involved in Para sport. This has seen the numbers in Canterbury more than double in the few years he has been the Sports Manager at ParaFed Canterbury. He has the trust of parents that he will ensure their child is given the best experience and guidance as they start their sporting pathway.


Hadleigh has changed many people’s lives by the way he can encourage and support people to become active. There is no one in New Zealand with the skills and respect of the Para sport community. ParaFed Canterbury are proud that his services have been recognized in this years New Years Honours.


Published 19-Dec-2019
OFFICE & POOL CLOSING DATES

The ParaFed Canterbury Office will be closed from lunch time on Thursday 19th December 2019 and will reopen on Monday 13th January 2020.

Our last Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool session will be Wednesday 18th December 2019 and will start back on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

Update: First pool session for the year will be Wednesday 12th February 2020.

Published 17-Dec-2019
SUDDEN PASSING OF JAMES SHEEHAN

ParaFed Canterbury is shocked and saddened by the sudden death of James Sheehan.


James has been a board member of ParaFed Canterbury since 2016 and also supplied all of our staff and team uniforms through his company JS Apparel.


He often volunteered his time to help at our events, most recently at the ParaFed Canterbury Sports Awards, where he presented one of our sports awards.


James was heavily involved in rowing, and was made a Life Member of the Canterbury Rowing Association and the Union Rowing Club.


You will be missed mate.

Published 01-Dec-2019
2019 PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS

ParaFed Canterbury celebrated another successful year at their Awards Function held at the Links Function Centre, Christchurch Golf Course on Saturday 30th November 2019.


Sophie Pascoe was named the 2019 ParaFed Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year for the 11th time after another outstanding year, including four gold medals at the World Para Swimming Championships in September.


Cherie Porter was awarded ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership after 20+ years of service to ParaFed Canterbury and wheelchair rugby. Kayne Tukapua was awarded the Phil Humphreys Most Valued Volunteer Award in recognition of his five years involvement working with our Para swimmers and Junior Team.


Over 140 guests were treated to a fantastic evening, including some onscreen highlights from the year and the world famous table quiz.


For the third year the event was sponsored by McDonald’s Canterbury, a family owned business who are a fantastic supporter of the Canterbury Community. An additional 11 local businesses supported individual sports awards throughout the evening.

Full list of award winners:


Sportsperson of the Year - Sophie Pascoe

ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership - Cherie Porter

Phil Humphreys Most Valued Volunteer Award - Kayne Tukapua

Graham Condon Scholarship Recipient - Cody Everson

Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Ella Benn

Emerging Talent of the Year - Montana Brown

Spirit in Sport Award - George Kohne

Powerchair Football Player of the Year - Luke Alderton
Wheelchair Rugby Most Valuable Player - Cody Everson

Boccia Club Player of the Year - Alisha Mill

Shooting Club Ultimate Shot Award - Ian Simpson

Club Cyclist of the Year - Stephanie Rattray
Club Swimmers of the Year - Lili-Fox Mason & Gabriella Smith


Published 01-Dec-2019
2020 ACADEMY PROGRAMME
ParaFed Canterbury is pleased to announce the athletes, coaches and officials who will be part of our Academy Programme for 2020.


ACADEMY LEVEL 1

Celyn Edwards - Para swimming

Cody Everson - Wheelchair rugby

Scott Martlew - Para canoe

William Stedman - Para athletics


ACADEMY LEVEL 2

Luke Alderton - Powerchair football

Ella Benn - Para swimming

Ieuan Edwards - Para swimming

Lilian Exton - Boccia

Alisha Mill - Boccia

Mike Todd - Wheelchair rugby


JUNIOR ACADEMY

Montana Brown - Para athletics

Ben Gould - Para swimming

Zack Lappin - Para athletics

Lili-Fox Mason - Para swimming

Jasper Moss - Para athletics

Gabriella Smith - Para swimming


COACH SCHOLARSHIPS

Thomas Chin - Boccia

Alexander McIntyre - Para athletics

Kayne Tukapua - Para swimming


OFFICIALS SCHOLARSHIPS

Debra Edmonds - Powerchair football

Helen Tait - Para swimming


Published 25-Oct-2019
PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS FUNCTION & CHARITY AUCTION
The ParaFed Canterbury Awards Night & Charity Auction will take place on Saturday 30th November 2019 at the Christchurch Golf Club (Links Function Centre).


Our function is proudly supported by McDonald's Canterbury and is an opportunity to celebrate our members achievements from 2019.


Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased by contacting Kerry on kjenkinson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Published 02-Oct-2019
2019 INVACARE PARAFED SOUTH ISLAND JUNIOR GAMES
Thank you to all the athletes, family members and supporters who were involved in the Invacare ParaFed South Island Games in Christchurch on the weekend of 27-29 September 2019.

The event was an INCREDIBLE success, with over 60 athletes competing across the sports of swimming, boccia and athletics. All sports were run professionally by qualified officials, utilising equipment such as electronic touch pads, timing devices and score boards.

Thank you to the INCREDIBLE sponsors, in particular the events naming rights sponsor, Invacare New Zealand, and The Rotary Club of Cashmere.

The results from the games are available below:

RESULTS PDF

Published 15-Sep-2019
OPEN - 2020 ACADEMY APPLICATIONS
Applications are now open for the 2020 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme and close on Thursday 17th October 2019.

The programme provides support to athletes, coaches and officials on their pathway to high performance programmes, and ultimately representing New Zealand at World Championships and the Paralympic Games.

Those selected in the programme will receive a funding grant, have the opportunity to attend academy seminars and have their achievements promoted through the year.

There will be three levels of support for athletes, up to four coach scholarships and for NEW for 2020 will be a scholarship for officials (which may include, but not limited to, officials, referees and classifiers).


Athlete Application
(PDF version) and (Word version)

Coaches & Officials Application
(PDF version) and (Word version)

Published 09-Sep-2019
INVACARE PARAFED SOUTH ISLAND JUNIOR GAMES

The Invacare ParaFed South Island Junior Games will take place in Christchurch between the 27th - 29th September 2019.

Para sports on offer will be Para athletics, Boccia and Para swimming. The games will feature some of the countries leading junior athletes, including several New Zealand Paralympians.

There will also be several “Have a Go” events on offer during the weekend, which is for those new to Para sport and in most occasions competing for the very first time.

Sports Schedule
Fri 27 Sep - 5:00pm - Registration (St Andrew’s College)
Sat 28 Sep - 10.00am - Swimming (Jellie Park)
Sat 28 Sep - 11.30am - Boccia (St Andrew’s College)
Sun 29 Sep - 9.30am - Athletics (Nga Puna Wai)

Published 15-Aug-2019
SOPHIE PASCOE NAMED JUNIOR GAMES AMBASSADOR

We are excited to announce Sophie Pascoe as the Ambassador for the Invacare ParaFed South Island Junior Games to be held in Christchurch in September.

Sophie is New Zealand's most successful Paralympian and a proud Cantabrian. Her Paralympic journey began at a junior sports event similar to this years games and she is excited to offer her support to the future Para athletes and Paralympians who will be competing in Christchurch in September.

Published 30-Jul-2019
INVACARE NAMING RIGHTS SPONSOR FOR JUNIOR GAMES

We are thrilled to announce Invacare as the naming rights sponsor for the 2019 ParaFed South Island Junior Games.

Invacare said: "We are delighted to support the inaugural ParaFed South Island Junior Games. The ability for young people to compete and challenge themselves is a life experience we pride ourselves in making possible. We look forward to supporting all athletes during the games".

The Invacare ParaFed South Island Junior Games will take place in Christchurch between the 27th - 29th September 2019. Entries are still open for the games. For more information and to enter contact cpawson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Published 16-Jul-2019
SUCCESS AT SOUTH ISLAND BOCCIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to the ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club players on some fantastic results at the South Island Boccia Championships in Dunedin last weekend.

Below are the final placing's for the Canterbury players.

Individual BC1,2,4
Gold - Jeremy Morriss
Silver - Alisha Mill
5th - Matthew Whiting

Individual BC3
Gold - Paul Woodhead

Individual BC5/Kiwi
Silver - Andrew Hocken

Published 13-Jul-2019
PARA SWIMMERS WIN WHARENUI SWIM CLUB AWARDS

Congratulations to two of our ParaFed Canterbury Junior Academy members who received awards at the recent Wharenui Swim Club prizegiving.

Gaby Smith received the Doug Cain Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to a young swimmer who demonstrates lots of enthusiasm towards their training and racing, and their interaction with their team mates and coaches.

Lili-Fox Mason received the Intermediate Squad Sportsmanship Towel, which is presented to a swimmer from the intermediate squad to recognise their work ethic, attitude towards training and racing, and how they represent the club both in and out of the pool.

Published 16-Apr-2019
2019 PARAFED SOUTH ISLAND JUNIOR GAMES

We are excited to be bringing a new competition, the ParaFed South Island Junior Games, to Christchurch on the weekend of the 27th - 29th September 2019.

The games will include the sports of athletics, boccia and swimming, along with a few other activities throughout the weekend. The event will be for athletes with physical impairments and for ages 8-21 years.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.



Published 3-Apr-2019
PNZ ORDER OF MERIT

A huge congratulations to two iconic Cantabrians, Ken Sowden and Ben Lucas, who have just both been awarded Paralympics New Zealand Order of Merits.

They have been recognised for their many years of outstanding service to Paralympics New Zealand and Para sport, which includes being part of the Paralympic Games a combined 9 times.

Ben as a Paralympian in 1996 and 2000, then as the NZ team's Chef de Mission in 2016. Ken as a staff member for the NZ team on 5 occasions 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, then as a representative for the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) in 2016.

Both Ken and Ben have been a cornerstone of ParaFed Canterbury over the past 20+ years and responsible for the organisation being what it is today.

Published 1-Apr-2019
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting was held at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs on Wednesday 27th March 2019.


Those in attendance were presented the annual report as well as the audited accounts for 2018.


The board for the next 12 months was confirmed as:


Annette Melrose

Justin Muschamp

Grant Philip

Sian Ruth

James Sheehan

Zara Taylor

Ken Sowden (staff member)


A copy of the annual report and audited accounts are available to view at the ParaFed Canterbury office.

Published 5-Mar-2019
NOTICE OF 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 5:00pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.

Board Nomination and Motion Form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Wednesday 20 March 2019. Our Audited Accounts will also be available to be viewed from the 22 March 2019 at the ParaFed Canterbury office or we can email you a copy upon request.


2019 Notice of AGM
2019 Nomination & Motion Forms

Published 25-Jan-2019
2019 KICK OFF DATES

Here are the starting dates for some of the Para sports in 2019:


PARA ATHLETICS | Sat 26 Jan - Nga Puna Wai

The majority of Canterbury Athletics clubs run inclusive training opportunities, along with inter-club competitions on Saturdays.


PARA SWIMMING | Thu 31 Jan - Aquagym

Weekly training sessions for young development swimmers. An assessment on swimming ability is required before attending.


PARA CYCLING | Sat 09 Feb - Hagley Park Netball Courts

Regular training sessions for our cyclists. The first session will also be a Open Day for any new cyclists.

BOCCIA | Sat 09 Feb - Bishopdale YMCA

Weekly training sessions for boccia club members. Please note the new venue the boccia club in 2019.


PARA SHOOTING | Tue 12 Feb - Marshland Hall

Weekly training sessions for shooting club members. Equipment provided for new members.


POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL | - Tue 12 Feb - Bishopdale YMCA

Weekly training sessions with the Canterbury Powerchair Football team.


WHEELCHAIR RUGBY | - Tue 26 Feb - Mairehau High School
Twice weekly training sessions with the Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby team.


PARA TABLE TENNIS | Tue 07 May - Table Tennis Canterbury

Weekly training sessions run in conjunction with the Table Tennis Canterbury development programme. All abilities welcome.

For more information and to sign up for any of the Sports Programmes email hpierson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz


Published 7-Dec-2018
CHRISTMAS & POOL DATES


ParaFed Canterbury Office

The ParaFed Canterbury Office will be closed from lunch time on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on Monday 14 January 2019.


Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool

The last Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool session will be Wednesday 19 December 2018 and will restart on Sunday 10 February 2019.

Published 3-Dec-2018
2018 PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS

ParaFed Canterbury celebrated another successful year at their 2018 Awards Function held at the Show Gate Function Centre at Riccarton Racecourse on Saturday 1 December 2018.


Scott Martlew was named the 2018 ParaFed Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year for the very first time after his silver medal performance at the Para Canoe World Championships in August.


Ang James was awarded ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership after 17 years as an employee and joins only 13 other Cantabrians to be awarded this honour.


Over 110 guests were treated to a fantastic evening, including some onscreen highlights from the year and the world famous table quiz.


For the second year the event was sponsored by McDonald’s Canterbury, a family owned business who are a fantastic supporter of the Canterbury Community. An additional nine local businesses supported individual sports awards throughout the evening.

Full list of award winners:


Sportsperson of the Year - Scott Martlew

Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Celyn Edwards

Graham Condon Scholarship Recipient - Ella Benn

Emerging Talent of the Year - Alisha Mill

Spirit in Sport Award - Ellie Truscott

Club Swimmer of the Year - Ella Benn

Boccia Club Player of the Year - Lilian Exton

Shooting Club Ultimate Shot Award - Darryl Korstanje

Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby MVP - Sholto Taylor

Phil Humphreys Most Valued Volunteer Award - Matt Mill

ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership - Ang James


Published 3-Dec-2018
2019 ACADEMY PROGRAMME
The 2019 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme recipients have just been announced. Congratulations to the 15 Para athletes and 2 coaches who have been named in the programme for next year.


Academy Level 1

Celyn Edwards - Para swimming

Scott Martlew - Para canoe

William Stedman - Para athletics


Academy Level 2

Ella Benn - Para swimming

Thomas Chin - Boccia

Ieuan Edwards - Para swimming

Lilian Exton - Boccia

Alisha Mill - Boccia

Jono Nelson - Para cycling


Junior Academy

Montana Brown - Para athletics

Ben Gould - Para swimming

Sarah James - Para athletics

Lili-Fox Mason - Para swimming

Jasper Moss - Para athletics

Gaby Smith - Para swimming


Coach Scholarships

Felicity Lowen - Para swimming

Paul Odlin - Para cycling

+ one more to be announced in 2019


Published 18-Oct-2018
TICKETS ON SALE - PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS
The ParaFed Canterbury Awards Function will take place on Saturday 1st December 2018 at the Riccarton Park Raceway (The Show Gate).

Our Awards Function is proudly supported by McDonald's Canterbury and is an opportunity to celebrate our members achievements from 2018. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by online banking before 16th November 2018.


Published 17-Oct-2018
2018 BOCCIA NATIONALS
The ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club who won an outstanding 11 medals (4 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze) and 2 trophies at the Boccia New Zealand National Championships in Wellington.

All nine members of the team finished on the podium in at least one event. Alisha Mill was named the Most Improved Player and Matt Mill was named the Most Valued Volunteer.


Published 10-Oct-2018
SUCCESS FOR JUNIOR TEAM
The ParaFed Canterbury Junior Team competed at the Halberg Games in Auckland on the weekend of the 5th – 7th October 2018. The team of 24 athletes performed outstandingly across a range of sports including athletics, boccia and swimming. They won an incredible eight games trophies & awards, including the overall Best Regional Team.

ParaFed Canterbury - Best Regional Team
Montana Brown - Most Promising Athlete

Lilian Exton - Boccia A Class Winner
Ieuan Edwards - Swimming Best Male

Lili-Fox Mason - Swimming Best Female
Lili-Fox Mason - Swimming Best Junior Female

Charlotte Murphy - Spirit of the Games Female

Una Kinajil-Reding & Amber Proudfoot - Athletics Best Junior Females



Published 14-Sep-2018
OPEN - 2019 ACADEMY APPLICATIONS
Applications are now open for the 2019 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme.

The goal of our Academy Programme is to support ParaFed Canterbury athletes and coaches on their pathway to high performance programmes, and ultimately representing New Zealand at World Championships and Paralympic Games.


Those selected in the programme will receive a funding grant, have the opportunity to attend academy seminars (ie: drug free sport, nutrition, media training), and have their achievements promoted through the year.


Applications must be received by Thursday 18th October 2018.

Application Form - Athletes
Application Form - Coaches


Published 25-Aug-2018
MARTLEW WINS SILVER AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Para canoe athlete, Scott Martlew, has won silver in the KL2 200m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Portugal.


The Christchurch-based paddler, who had been second fastest heat qualifier, made a blistering start to establish a clear lead from the reigning world and Paralympic champion and pre-event favourite Curtis McGrath of Australia.

Martlew flashed through halfway with a third of a boat advantage only for McGrath to unleash a scintillating final 70m to accelerate clear of the Kiwi and grab his seventh world title in a time of 41.735 – just 0.635 clear of the 25-year-old. Mykola Syniuk of Ukraine was some way back in bronze (43.230).


Published 23-Aug-2018
EXTON WINS CANTERBURY BOCCIA SECONDARY SCHOOL TITLE
A total of 22 students who competed at the 2018 Canterbury Secondary School Boccia Championships. There were some fantastic results from our ParaFed Canterbury boccia players, who took out the top three placings in the throws competition. Lilian Exton won her first Canterbury Secondary School title, defeating Thomas Chin in the final.

1st - Lilian Exton (Avonside Girls' High School)
2nd - Thomas Chin (Riccarton High School)
3rd - Montana Brown (Cashmere High School)

Published 22-Aug-2018
PARAFED CANTERBURY ATHLETES COMPETE IN AUSTRALIA
It has been a very busy and successful month for ParaFed Canterbury. One of the highlights has been having six of our members compete at different Para sports events in Australia.


At the start of the month Sophie Pascoe, Hamish McLean Swimmer and Celyn Edwards - Athlete competed at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns. Sophie won 3 golds and 2 silver medals, Hamish won 2 golds and 2 silver medals and Celyn won silver (as part of the NZ relay team).


Cody Everson and Mike Todd were part of the Wheel Blacks team that competed at the IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney. The team finished in 11th position.


And last weekend Handcyclist Jono Nelson competed in Round 3 of the Australia Para Cycling Series in Humevale (just out of Melbourne) where he won the men's Time Trial handcycling section.

Published 13-Aug-2018
CHARLOTTE PAWSON NAMED WESTFIELD LOCAL HERO
Thank you to everyone who voted for our very own Charlotte Pawson in the Westfield Riccarton Local Heroes Competition. Charlotte has been selected as a winner along with 2 other very deserving recipients.

Published 30-Jul-2018
EXITING TEAM SELECTED FOR HALBERG GAMES
ParaFed Canterbury is pleased to announce the Canterbury team selected for the Halberg Games to be held in Auckland on the 5th – 7th October 2018.

The ParaFed Canterbury Junior Team is:


Para athletes: Montana Brown, Thomas Chin, Hamish Cleary, Alistair Coles, Jyvhen Duell, Lilian Exton, Ieuan Edwards, Ben Gould, Sarah James, Grace Johnstone, Una Kinajil-Reding, Zack Lappin, Samuel Manson, Lili-Fox Mason, Andrew MacKenzie, Dominic McLauchlan, Alisha Mill, Jasper Moss, Charlotte Murphy, Rorie Poff, Amber Proudfoot, Joshua Rae, Gaby Smith, Nico Wildbore.


Staff: Charlotte Pawson, Hadleigh Pierson, Kayne Tukapua, Felicity Lowen

Published 19-Jun-2018
NZ WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS
The two Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby teams finished 3rd and 5th in the NZ Wheelchair Rugby Championships after the final round that was held in Palmerston North. It was awesome to see players from ParaFed Otago involved in the Canterbury teams this year.


Congratulations to Auckland who defeated Waikato in the final to win the WRC Martin Shield.


Published 13-Jun-2018
ALL THE BEST TO ANG JAMES
After 17 fantastic years as an employee, Ang James is sadly leaving ParaFed Canterbury for a new role as Office Administrator at VIP Frames and Trusses.

Ang started working for ParaFed Canterbury in 2001, after being recruited from a fundraising and marketing company. Her first role was as Operations Assistant, before moving into her current role as Office Manager.

Thank you Ang for everything you have done for ParaFed Canterbury. You will be missed, but will always remain part of the ParaFed Canterbury family.


Published 01-Jun-2018
BOCCIA AUSTRALIA NATIONAL TITLES
ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Players, Thomas Chin, Andrew Hocken and Matt Whiting, were part of the Boccia New Zealand Squad that competed at the Boccia Australia National Titles.

Matt Whiting won silver in the BC1/2 teams event, while Thomas Chin won bronze in the BC4/5 individual competition.

Published 20-May-2018
ICF PARA CANOE WORLD CUP
Congratulations to Scott Martlew who won silver in the KL2 Men's 200m (kayak) at the ICF Para Canoe World Cup in Hungary. His time of 41.501 was only 0.16 seconds behind Australia's Curtis McGrath who won gold.


Scott Martlew then went on to finish 4th in the VL3 Men's 200m (va’a / outrigger) final. Scott will now begin preparations for the Para Canoe World Championships later this year.

Published 20-May-2018
MEMBERS RECOGNISED WITH AWARDS
A number of our members have had their achievements recognised at recent Sports Awards.

At the Athletics Canterbury Awards Dinner, William Stedman received The O’Grady Trophy for being the most outstanding track & field athlete still attending school. William was also named the Athletics Canterbury Para Athlete of the Year.

At the same Awards Dinner, Ruth Liong received the Athletics Canterbury Official of the Year Award. Ruth is an international Para athletics official.

At the South Canterbury Sports Awards, Handcyclist Jono Nelson was named the South Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for his outstanding achievements over the past 12 months.

Published 15-May-2018
NZ WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS - ROUND 1
Round 1 of the NZ Wheelchair Rugby Championships was held in Christchurch on the 12 - 13 May 2018. An exciting addition to this year's tournament was the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) team who are preparing for the Invictus Games later this year.


A total of eight teams competed: Canterbury Red, Canterbury Black, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, Waikato, Wellington and NZDF.

Published 16-Apr-2018
BOCCIA CLUB TOURNAMENT
The ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club held their end of term Boccia Tournament held at the Bishopdale YMCA on the 14th April.


Congratulations to all the players and thank you to all the supporters for helping out on the day.


The top 3 placing's were:


1st - Thomas Chin

2nd - Jeremy Morriss

3rd - Lilian Exton

Published 16-Apr-2018
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting was held at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs on Thursday 5th April 2018.


The meeting was presented the Annual Report as well as the Audited Accounts for 2017.


The board for the next 12 months was confirmed as:


Annette Melrose

Justin Muschamp

Grant Philip

Sian Ruth

James Sheehan

Zara Taylor

Ken Sowden (Staff Member)

Published 13-Apr-2018
GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Congratulations to three of our past Graham Condon Scholarship recipients who competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.


Sophie Pascoe was our first recipient in 2008, Holly Robinson received the scholarship in 2011, and Celyn Edwards is our current recipient for 2018.


Between them they won two golds and 1 silver medals, and a 4th and 6th placing.

Published 20-Feb-2018
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on Thursday 5th April 2018 at 5:30pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.


Board Nomination & Motion Form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Tuesday the 13th March 2018.


Our Audited Accounts will also be available to be viewed from the 22nd March 2018 at the ParaFed Canterbury office or we can email you a copy upon request.


Notice of AGM

2018 Nomination & Motion Forms

Published 5-Feb-2018
2018 PARAFED SPORTS STARTING DATES
Our ParaFed Sports will restart on the following dates.

Swimming | Thu 8 Feb - Aquagym
Weekly training sessions for our young development swimmers. An assessment on swimming ability is required before attending.

Boccia | Sat 10 Feb - Burwood Hospital
Weekly training sessions for our boccia club members. Our Boccia Club Open Day will be held a few weeks later, on Saturday 24 February at the Bishopdale YMCA. New players welcome.

Shooting | Tue 13 Feb - Marshland Hall
Weekly training sessions for our shooting club members. Equipment provided for new members.

Table Tennis | Tue 13 Feb - Table Tennis Canterbury

Weekly training sessions run in conjunction with the Table Tennis Canterbury development programme. All abilities welcome.

Cycling | Sat 24 Feb - Hagley Park Netball Courts
Regular training sessions for our cyclists. The first session will also be a Open Day for any new cyclists.

Wheelchair Rugby | Tue 6 Mar - Mairehau High
Training sessions with the Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby team, held on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

For more information and to sign up for any of the ParaFed Sports Programmes email hpierson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Published 1-Feb-2018
BURWOOD HOSPITAL HYDROTHERAPY POOL
Our Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool sessions will restart on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The session times are as follows:
Wednesday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Sunday 1:00 - 2:30pm

You must be a current 2018 ParaFed Canterbury member to use the pool and the cost of $2 per swimmer per session applies.

Contact Ang at the office for more information 3854449.

Published 31-Jan-2018
2018 SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE
Your 2018 subscription are now due. Only $40 for the year.

ParaFed Canterbury subscriptions run from January through to December each year. If you are a user of any of ParaFed Canterbury’s facilities or services, or involved in any of our sports or activities, then please ensure you renew your membership.


Click here to download the subscription form.

Published 22-Dec-2017
COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAM NAMED
Canterbury Para swimmers Sophie Pascoe and Celyn Edwards have been named in the New Zealand swimming team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Pascoe and Edwards will be joined by past ParaFed Canterbury member Holly Robinson who was named in the New Zealand athletics team earlier in the month.


Published 18-Dec-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY RECEIVES CIVIC AWARD
To top off what has been an amazing 50th year, last week ParaFed Canterbury was presented with a Civic Award from the Christchurch City Council for the work providing sporting opportunities to Cantabrians with physical disabilities.


ParaFed Canterbury was one of 12 groups and individuals to receive 2017 Civic Awards. These were presented last Wednesday night by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Published 13-Dec-2017
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS HOURS

ParaFed Canterbury Office
The ParaFed Canterbury Office will be closed from lunch time on Thursday 21 December 2017 and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018.

Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool
The last Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool session will be Wednesday 20 December 2017 and will restart on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Published 27-Nov-2017
2018 ACADEMY PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
The 2018 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme recipients have just been announced. Congratulations to the 12 Para athletes and 3 coaches who have been named in the programme for next year.

Academy Level 1
Celyn Edwards - Para swimming
Scott Martlew - Para canoe
William Stedman - Para athletics

Academy Level 2
Ella Benn - Para swimming
Thomas Chin - Boccia
Ieuan Edwards - Para swimming
Lilian Exton - Boccia
Jeremy Morriss - Boccia
Jono Nelson - Para cycling

Junior Academy
Alisha Mill - Boccia
Sarah James - Para athletics
Lili-Fox Mason - Para swimming

PNZ Cyril Smith Coach Scholarships
Felicity Lowen - Para swimming

Paul Odlin - Para cycling
Rhys Pride-Wall - Para swimming

Published 27-Nov-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
The ParaFed Canterbury 50th Anniversary & Sports Awards Function was held last Saturday evening. Congratulations to the following award winners.


Sportsperson of the Year - Sophie Pascoe
Junior Sportsperson of the Year - William Stedman
Emerging Talent of the Year - Lilian Exton
Spirit in Sport Award - Hamish Cleary

Club Swimmer of the Year - Ieuan Edwards

Boccia Player of the Year - Jeremy Morriss

Shooting Club Ultimate Shot Award - Grant Philip

Wheelchair Rugby Most Valuable Player - Sholto Taylor

Graham Condon Scholarship Recipient - Celyn Edwards
Phil Humphreys Most Valued Volunteer - Alex McIntyre
ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership - Sophie Pascoe

Published 26-Nov-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
ParaFed Canterbury celebrated their 50 year anniversary and 2017 Sports Awards with a spectacular function at the Show Gate Function Centre at Riccarton Racecourse on Saturday 25 November 2017.

Sophie Pascoe, New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian, was named the 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year for a record 10th time. Earlier in the evening, Pascoe was also awarded ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership and joins only 12 other Cantabrians to be awarded this honour.

Over 150 guests were treated to various displays and on screen “moments in time” that celebrated the key years and people that have been part of ParaFed Canterbury’s history.

The event was sponsored by McDonald’s Canterbury, a family owned business who are a fantastic supporter of the Canterbury Community. An additional nine local businesses supported individual sports awards throughout the evening.

ParaFed Canterbury has always had a high profile in the region and a proud history of providing athletes to New Zealand Paralympic Teams. The ParaFed Canterbury alumnus is a who’s who of Paralympic sport, including Pascoe, double amputee mountaineer Mark Inglis, and the late Graham Condon and Neroli Fairhall.

Published 25-Nov-2017
50TH STORIES SOPHIE THROUGH THE YEARS
There are few more iconic names in New Zealand sport than Sophie Pascoe. ParaFed Canterbury is so proud to call her one of their own.

Since her Paralympic Games debut in Beijing 2008, Sophie has become the benchmark for all athletes to aspire to. Her success and attitude has raised the profile of Paralympic sport and inspired a new generation of Paralympians.

Read more ...

Published 14-Nov-2017
2017 PARAFED CANTERBURY INCREDIBLE AWARDS
On Saturday 11 November 2017 ParaFed Canterbury hosted the inaugural Incredible Awards to celebrate the achievements of the ParaFed Canterbury Juniors at this years Halberg Junior Disability Games.

Congratulations to our award winners:

Pawson Cup Rookie Award - Sarah James

Tukapua Cup Sportsmanship Award - Sam Manson

Pierson Cup Leadership Award - Thomas Chin

Incredible Award - Ella Benn

Published 25-Oct-2017
50TH STORIES PARALYMPICS THROUGH THE YEARS
Sport has always been the driving force of ParaFed Canterbury. The pinnacle for any athlete is the Paralympic Games. Through the years, ParaFed Canterbury has been one of the largest contributors of athletes, coaches, and support staff to the New Zealand Paralympic Games teams.

The dedication and commitment from members to excel on the world stage has created not only role models for those starting their sporting journey, but a legacy of representation and achievement. ParaFed Canterbury has reached these heights across all aspects of sport, from athletes and coaches to support staff and officials.

Read more ...

Published on 26-Sep-2017
TICKETS ON SALE NOW - 50TH & SPORTS AWARDS FUNCTION
Tickets are now on sale for the ParaFed Canterbury 50th Anniversary & Sport Awards Function to be held on Saturday 25 November 2017.

For more information and to purchase tickets contact Ang James on ajames@parafedcanterbury.co.nz or (03) 385 4449.


More information ...

Published 25-Sep-2017
50TH STORIES MAJOR EVENTS THROUGH THE YEARS
The Canterbury region has a proud tradition of hosting major sporting events. Christchurch has hosted more International Para sports events than any other city in New Zealand.

The Christchurch City Council, Paralympics New Zealand and International Sports Federations, with the assistance and expertise of ParaFed Canterbury, have been honoured to bring the following international competitions to our region.

Read more ...

Published on 15-Sep-2017
APPLICATIONS OPEN - 2018 ACADEMY PROGRAMME
Applications are now open for the 2018 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme.

Those selected in the Academy Programme will receive a funding grant, attend academy seminars (ie: drug free sport, nutrition, sponsorship), receive assistance with individual sports plans and have their achievements promoted throughout the year.

Applications must be received by ParaFed Canterbury by Friday 18th October 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Academy Programme, Coach Scholarships and Graham Condon Scholarship recipients will be announced at the ParaFed Canterbury Awards Evening on Saturday 25th November.

For more information and applications
click here.

Published 25-Aug-2017
50TH STORIES JUNIORS THROUGH THE YEARS
One of ParaFed Canterbury’s many strengths is their commitment for a platform and pathway for young people to achieve their goals.

In 1994, the Halberg Trust (now known as the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation) initiated an after-schools sports programme for young children with disabilities throughout the country. When the Halberg Trust ended the programme a few years later, ParaFed Canterbury took over the operation at a local level and rebranded it to the Junior Sports Club.

Read more ...

Published 25-Jul-2017
50TH STORIES VOLUNTEERS THROUGH THE YEARS
Volunteers have been the backbone of ParaFed Canterbury for the past 50 years. Incredibly dedicated people have given their time to enable thousands of members to participate in sports and recreation programmes.

Over the years, volunteers have contributed across a range of different areas. The early volunteers set up and ran the committee. As ParaFed Canterbury started to grow, volunteers supported activities such as the after-schools programmes and youth camps.


Read more ...

Published 25-Jun-2017
50TH STORIES GRAHAM THROUGH THE YEARS
No history of ParaFed Canterbury would be complete without highlighting the life of Graham Condon who was for many years the face of ParaFed Canterbury.

Born in 1949, Graham contracted polio as a child, but he never let this affect his passion and drive. Graham was a six-time New Zealand Paralympian, multiple Paralympic medallist and world record holder. He was a founding member of ParaFed Canterbury and worked for over a decade for both ParaFed Canterbury and ParaFed New Zealand (known today as Paralympics New Zealand).

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Published 25-May-2017
50TH STORIES LOCATIONS THROUGH THE YEARS
From a group of volunteers holding monthly meetings in their living rooms, ParaFed Canterbury has grown into an organisation with four staff and offering a range of programmes around the region.

In the early years, the committee shared their meetings between members’ living rooms and venues such as the Disabled Persons Centre on Worcester Street. In 1989, ParaFed Canterbury moved to the Marshland Community Hall, which coincided with the appointment of their first paid staff member. The Community Hall included offices and a small weights gym where members could train.

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Published 25-Apr-2017
50TH STORIES NATIONALS THROUGH THE YEARS
The National Games were the major focus for ParaFed Associations from the late 1960’s through until the final event in 2011. The first event was held in Auckland in 1968 and was attended by 29 competitors. Numbers grew each year and during the mid 1990’s, when the event was in its prime, was attended by over 200 competitors each year.

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Published 31-Mar-2017
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting was held at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs on Thursday 30th March 2017.

The meeting was presented the Annual Report as well as the Audited Accounts for 2016.

The board for the next 12 months was confirmed as:

Annette Melrose
Grant Philip
Sian Ruth (Chairperson)
James Sheehan
Ken Sowden (Staff Member)
Zara Taylor

The board also acknowledged Ben Lucas, who is retiring as a board member after 10 years of services.

Published 25-Mar-2017
50TH STORIES THE EARLY YEARS
The origins of ParaFed Canterbury date back to the mid 1960’s when Fr. Leo Close, an Irish priest and Irish Paralympian, visited Christchurch to talk to a group of local disabled people about the opportunities of rehabilitation through sport.

Inspired by the words of Fr. Leo Close, and following a few local sports days in the region, ParaFed Canterbury (known then as the Canterbury Paraplegic & Physically Disabled Association) was formed in 1967.

Read more ...

Published 23-Feb-2017
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 5:30pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.

Board Nomination & Motion Form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Tuesday the 21st March 2017.

Our Audited Accounts will also be available to be viewed from the 22nd March 2017 at the ParaFed Canterbury office or we can email you a copy.

Notice of AGM
2017 Nomination & Motion Forms

Published 13-Feb-2017
RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TODAY
ParaFed Canterbury subscriptions run from January through to December each year. If you are a user of any of ParaFed Canterbury’s facilities or services, or involved in any of our sports or activities, then please ensure you renew your membership.

We invite members to renew their subscriptions for 2017. Subscription is only $40 for the year.

Click here to download the subscription form.

Published 12-Feb-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY TURNS 50
ParaFed Canterbury was established in 1967 and this year we are excited to be celebrating our 50th Anniversary.

We will celebrate in full on Saturday 25th November 2017 at our 50th Anniversary & Awards Function, however over the coming months we look forward to sharing with you some of our key memories from over the years.

To mark our 50th year we will be using this logo, in conjunction with our existing logo, throughout 2017.

Published 08-Feb-2017
JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB KICKS OFF IN STYLE
Our Junior Sports Club kicked off in style for 2017 with jet skiing at Lake Roto Kohatu. Activities are held on a Wednesday afternoon and this term promises to be an action packed 10 weeks.

To register your interest contact Charlotte

Published 05-Dec-2016
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS HOURS

ParaFed Canterbury Office
The ParaFed Canterbury Office will be closed from Wednesday 21st December 2016 and will reopen on Monday 16th January 2017.

Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool
The last Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool session will be Sunday 18th December 2016 and will restart on Wednesday 8th February 2017.

ParaFed Canterbury Gym
The last ParaFed Canterbury Gym session will be Friday 16th December 2016.

Published on 26-Nov-2016
2017 ACADEMY PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
The 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme recipients have just been announced. Congratulations to the 17 athletes and 4 coaches who have been named in the programme for next year.

To view the names of those athletes and coaches selected in the 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme click here.

Published on 25-Nov-2016
PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS FUNCTION
The ParaFed Canterbury Awards Function was held on the evening of Friday 25th November 2016. And the winners were:

Sportsperson of the Year - Sophie Pascoe
Junior Sportsperson of the Year - William Stedman
Emerging Talent of the Year - Ella Benn
Spirit in Sport Award - Amber Proudfoot

Boccia Club Player of the Year - Thomas Chin
Club Swimmer of the Year - Celyn Edwards
Shooting Club Ultimate Shot Award - Grant Philip
Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby MVP - Cody Everson

Graham Condon Scholarship - Scott Martlew
Most Valued Volunteer Award - The Chin Family

Published on 06-Oct-2016
CANTERBURY JUNIOR TEAM - EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Represent CANTERBURY, compete, pursue sporting goals & have fun

2017 Halberg Junior Disability Games
6th - 8th October 2017
Kings College, Auckland

Canterbury team training and selections start in March 2017.

See the flyer for more details click here.

Register your interest with Charlotte by the end of October 2016 to receive more information cokeefe@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Published on 27-Sep-2016
APPLICATIONS OPEN - 2017 ACADEMY PROGRAMME
Applications are now open for the 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme.

Those selected in the Academy Programme will receive a funding grant, attend academy seminars (ie: drug free sport, nutrition, sponsorship), receive assistance with individual sports plans and have their achievements promoted throughout the year.

Applications must be received by ParaFed Canterbury by 4.00pm Friday 21st October 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Academy Programme, Coach Scholarships and Graham Condon Scholarship recipients will be announced at the ParaFed Canterbury Awards Evening on Friday 25th November 2016.

For more information and applications
click here.

Published on 26-Sep-2016
NZ PARALYMPIC TEAM RETURN
The New Zealand Paralympic team have returned from an extremely successful Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The team won 21 medals (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze), which ranked the team 13th overall on the medal table and the number 1 nation on medals per capita.

Of the 31 athletes in the team, 12 individuals secured medals including the following past and present Canterbury athletes:

Sophie Pascoe - Swimming - 3 Gold, 2 Silver
Liam Malone - Athletics - 2 Gold, 1 Silver
William Stedman - Athletics - 2 Bronze
Holly Robinson - Athletics - 1 Silver
Laura Thompson - Cycling - 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Sophie Pascoe became New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian ever, now with a stunning 15 Paralympic medals (9 gold, 6 silver) from three Paralympic Games. While out of the medals, Scott Martlew (Canoe), Andrew May (Sailing) and Caitlin Dore (Athletics) also did the Canterbury region proud, with some outstanding performances.


Published on 30-Aug-2016
MARTLEW ADDED TO THE NZ PARALYMPIC TEAM
Canterbury Para Canoeist Scott Martlew is one of two athletes who have been added to the New Zealand Paralympic team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The addition of Scott, and Para Cyclist, Fraser Sharp from Tauranga, means that New Zealand will send 31 Para-Athletes and now contest six different Para-Sports in Rio 2016.

The decision was made after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) re-allocated a further two Para Athlete slots to Paralympics New Zealand late last week following the suspension of the Russian team from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Scott will join fellow Christchurch based athletes, Sophie Pascoe and William Stedman, in the team, along with a long list of ParaFed Canterbury alumni athletes who are now training outside of the region, including Andrew May, Holly Robinson, Caitlin Dore and Liam Malone.


Published on 27-Aug-2016
FAIRHALL TO BE INDUCTED TO PARALYMPIC HALL OF FAME
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the late Neroli Fairhall as one of five individuals who will be inducted into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The ever-talented Fairhall will be inducted posthumously. She competed in athletics and archery in her first two Paralympic Games in 1972 and 1980. But it was archery where she excelled the most, taking the gold at Arnhem 1980. Four years later, she became the first athlete with an impairment to compete in the Olympics, finishing 35th at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Published on 16-Aug-2016
HOW TO WATCH THE RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES
There will be coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games between the 8-19 September on TV ONE, DUKE, TVNZ OnDemand and Attitude Live!

Coverage will include:

• Daily highlights on TV ONE

• LIVE and delayed coverage on DUKE

• Online: TVNZ OnDemand & AttitudeLive.com

To watch the trailer visit www.tvnz.co.nz/paralympics2016

Published on 12-Aug-2016
CANTERBURY PARALYMPIANS OF THE PAST
As we countdown to the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, ParaFed Canterbury will profile some of our Canterbury Paralympians of the past. Every two days we will share with you a different story on our Facebook page. We encourage you to like and share these stories with your friends and family.

We will also be updating these profiles to our website. Click here for more profiles

Published on 14-Jul-2016
CHRISTCHURCH HOSTS INAUGURAL PARAFED SPORTS FORUM
ParaFed Canterbury has successfully hosted the first ParaFed Sports Forum in Christchurch, bringing together 14 representatives from various organisations to discuss the delivery of quality sports opportunities to physically disabled people.


The two day Forum was held on the 5– 6 July at the YMCA Bishopdale and attended by eight regional ParaFeds, Paralympics New Zealand and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.


A variety of topics were covered, from how to set up grassroots programmes at a local level to what is happening in high performance at the elite level.


The ParaFed Network would like to acknowledge the support of the Sport New Zealand ‘No Exceptions’ Fund which enabled the Forum to be able to deliver a professional and effective two days for all attendees.


Published on 07-Jul-2016
DORE NAMED IN NEW ZEALAND PARALYMPIC TEAM
Caitlin Dore and Jacob Phillips are the latest two athletes to be selected in the New Zealand Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Both have been added to the Para Athletics Team, which is now at eight athletes, and is part of the larger 29 strong New Zealand Paralympic Team that will compete across five sports.

The full Para Athletics Team is: Caitlin Dore, Anna Grimaldi, Jessica Hamill, Liam Malone, Rory McSweeney, Jacob Phillips, Holly Robinson and William Stedman.


Published on 06-Jun-2016
KEN SOWDEN AWARDED QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOUR
Ken Sowden who has been awarded a Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Paralympic Sport in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ken's contribution to Paralympic Sport has included 21 years working for ParaFed Canterbury, attending the past 5 Paralympic Games with the New Zealand Paralympic Team (in various staff/management roles) and an outstanding contribution to the game of Wheelchair Rugby.

For the full description of Ken's achievements click here

Published on 23-May-2016
STEDMAN NAMED IN NEW ZEALAND PARALYMPIC TEAM
Canterbury's William Stedman has been named in the New Zealand Para Athletics Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Stedman is part of a six-strong team that includes past ParaFed Canterbury members, Holly Robinson and Liam Malone.

The Para Athletics Team is: Liam Malone, Rory McSweeney, William Stedman,
Holly Robinson, Jessica Hamill and Anna Grimaldi.

Published on 13-May-2016
SUCCESS FOR CANTERBURY ATHLETES AT INVICTUS GAMES
ParaFed Canterbury members, Glenn Barnes and Amy Baynes, have both had success representing the New Zealand Defence Force at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.

Glenn won gold in the indoor rowing competition, followed by a silver medal in the wheelchair tennis double (partnering with Dave Sherriff). Amy won two silver medals in the cycling competition, placing second in both the time trial and criterion.

Published on 05-May-2016
PASCOE TO COMPETE IN THIRD PARALYMPIC GAMES
Canterbury's Sophie Pascoe has been named in the New Zealand Para Swimming Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Pascoe, winner of six gold medals and four silver across two Paralympic Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), will compete in her third Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September this year.

The Para Swimming Team is: Jesse Reynolds, Bryall McPherson, Sophie Pascoe,
Rebecca Dubber, Nikita Howarth, Mary Fisher and Cameron Leslie.

Published on 27-Apr-2016
CANTERBURY JUNIORS RETURN FROM A SUCCESSFUL GAMES
The ParaFed Canterbury Junior Team have returned from an extremely successful Halberg Junior Disability Games in Cambridge last weekend. The team of 14 athletes competed across a range of sports including boccia, swimming, athletics and triathlon. The team were awarded the trophy for "Best Team Spirit", along with a number of other awards including Celyn Edwards being named "Best Overall Athlete" of the Games.

To view a full list of trophies won by our Canterbury athletes click here.



Published on 26-Apr-2016
2016 SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE
It’s that time of year when we invite members to renew their annual subscriptions to ParaFed Canterbury. The cost is only $40 for the year and gives you access to a number of our programmes and services. To renew your subscription visit our membership page.



Published on 26-Apr-2016
PARAFED CANTERBURY LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
ParaFed Canterbury is pleased to launch our all new website. We look forward to making this a one-stop-shop for our members and supporters to find out everything you want to know about ParaFed Canterbury. Be sure to check out our new Facebook feature to keep up to date with all our latest news.

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