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Published 14-Sep-2021
PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS FUNCTION

SAVE THE DATE: The ParaFed Canterbury Awards Function will take place on Saturday 27th November 2021 at Riccarton Park (The Show Gate).

More information and ticket prices will be available closer to the time. Our function is once again proudly supported by McDonald's Canterbury.

Published 14-Sep-2021
BURWOOD HOSPITAL HYDROTHERAPY POOL REOPENS

The Burwood Hospital hydrotherapy pool is now reopen. Our first session back will be Wednesday 15 September 2021.

As per the hospital guidelines, everyone is required to scan in and wear a mask into the venue. Pool users are required to keep their masks on until just before entering to water and must maintain a 2 metre social distance from other pool users.

Published 10-Sep-2021
PARAFED CANTERBURY OFFICE REOPENS

The ParaFed Canterbury office is now open for our normal hours (8.30am – 4.30pm).


We require all visitors to scan using the QR code at the Melrose reception, and then again when entering the ParaFed Canterbury office. Masks need to be worn when moving through the Melrose building, but can be removed in the ParaFed Canterbury office.
 

If you, or anyone from your household, are sick or unwell, you must stay home.

Published 05-Sep-2021
THANK YOU TO THE OFFICIALS AND VOLUNTEERS

Thank you to all the officials and volunteers who were involved in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games. Special mention to Canterbury's Ruth Liong and Trevor Spittle who were officiating at the Para athletics competition.

Published 05-Sep-2021
NEW ZEALAND WINS 12 PARALYMPIC GAMES MEDALS

Congratulations to the New Zealand Paralympic team who have finished the games with 12 medals (6 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze).

Published 04-Sep-2021
HOLLY ROBINSON WINS GOLD IN TOKYO

Rio 2016 silver medallist Holly Robinson has now become a Paralympic gold medallist tonight in Tokyo in the Women’s Javelin F46. The medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team now sits at 12 medals including 6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.


Robinson took to the field in Tokyo for the first time tonight along with her long time competitor Holly Arnold (Great Britain). She threw consistently throughout the evening and left us all in suspense as she stepped up to take her final throw and threw a gold medal winning 40.99m


The silver medal was won by Noelle Roorda (Netherlands) throwing 39.26 and bronze to Holly Arnold (Great Britain) throwing 39.73.


Robinson’s world record of 45.73m set in 2019 was not challenged tonight in Tokyo.

Published 03-Sep-2021
ANNA GRIMALDI WINS GOLD IN TOKYO

Anna Grimaldi is now a double Paralympic champion, winning GOLD in the Women’s Long Jump T47 this afternoon in Tokyo and repeating the same feat from Rio 2016 five years ago. She led from the very first jump, setting a Paralympic Record of 5.74m, before bettering this jump to 5.76m on her fourth attempt. From there she was unbeatable, holding a 9cm lead. The silver went to Aleksandra Moguchaia (Russian Paralympic Committee) with a jump of 5.67m and bronze to Kiara Rodriguez (Equador) with a jump of 5.63m.

Published 02-Sep-2021
CONGRATULATIONS SOPHIE

A special mention to Sophie Pascoe on winning 4 Paralympic medals in Tokyo (2 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze), and 19 Paralympic medals in total. New Zealand is incredibly proud of what you have achieved.

Published 02-Sep-2021
DANIELLE AITCHISON WINS BRONZE IN TOKYO

Paralympian Danielle Aitchison won a bronze medal tonight in Tokyo in the Women’s 100m T36, now taking her medal haul to 1 silver and 1 bronze.


Aitchison went into the event qualifying fastest from the morning heats and ranked number 1 in the world. She ran a solid race stating she was a bit tired due to her celebral palsy but really concentrated. She put the power in the last 20m to take the bronze medal by the narrowest of margins. There was only 0.05 seconds between second and fourth. The Women’s 100m T36 was won by Yiting Shi (China) in a world record time of 13.61 and silver went to Elena Ivanova (RPC) in time of 14.60.

Published 01-Sep-2021
SOPHIE PASCOE WINS GOLD IN TOKYO

Paralympian Sophie Pascoe has won another gold in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM9.

Pascoe dominated her favoured event and won in a time of 2:32.73. At the end though, she was just two 10ths of a second ahead of silver medallist Zsofia Konkoly (Hungary) on 2:33.00, after nearly being caught on the last leg. Pascoe was off the block very fast and pulled away to a dominant lead in the Butterfly, taking the next three turns in the lead position and pulling away through the Backstroke and Breaststroke. About halfway through the last leg, the Freestyle, the Hungarian began chasing her down and another few lengths might have done it. Nuria Soto Marques took the bronze in a time of 2:35.64.

Published 01-Sep-2021
SOPHIE PASCOE WINS GOLD IN TOKYO

Paralympian Sophie Pascoe has won a gold medal, now her third medal and making it the trifecta at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. She takes the medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team to 8 medals including 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.


Pascoe won a gold medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S9 in a time of 1:02.37. She led at the 25m turn and took it away from there. It was a close finish with silver medallist Sarai Gascon (Spain) only 0.63 of a second behind, followed by Mariana Ribeiro (Brazil) taking bronze in 1:03.39.

Published 31-Aug-2021
WILLIAM STEDMAN WINS BRONZE IN TOKYO

Paralympian William Stedman has won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Taking the medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team to 7 medals including 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.


Stedman went into the final ranked 3rd fastest and won a bronze medal in the Men’s 400m T36 at his second Paralympic Games, only 16 hours after yesterday jumping a massive 5.64m on his final jump of the Men’s Long Jump T36 to rocket into silver medal position.


The event was won by James Turner (Australia) in a new Paralympic record time of 52.80 and silver went to Evgenii Shvetsov (RPC) in a time of 53.60.

Published 31-Aug-2021
WILLIAM STEDMAN WINS SILVER IN TOKYO

Paralympian William Stedman has won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Taking the medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team to 6 medals including 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.


Stedman won a silver medal in the Men’s Long Jump T36 at his second Paralympic Games jumping a massive 5.64m on his final jump to rocket into silver medal position. This was a huge personal best and Oceania record.


Gold medalist Evgeni Torsunov (RPC) set a new Paralympic record with a jump of 5.76m and bronze was won by Roman Pavluk (Ukraine) jumping 5.63m.

Published 31-Aug-2021
SOPHIE PASCOE WINS BRONZE IN TOKYO

Paralympian Sophie Pascoe has won a Bronze medal, now her second medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Taking the medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team to 5 medals including 2 gold, 2 silver and a bronze.


Pascoe placed third in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S9 in a time of 1:11.15.  She led American Hannah Aspden at the halfway mark by 0.27 seconds, but in the final 25m tired to finish third behind Nuria Marques Soto from Spain who took silver and Aspden who took out the Gold.

Published 29-Aug-2021
DANIELLE AITCHISON WINS SILVER IN TOKYO

Paralympic debutant Danielle Aitchison won a silver medal today in Tokyo in the Women’s 200m T36. This now takes the medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team to 4 medals including 2 gold and 2 silver.


Aitchison went into the event qualifying second fastest in the heats yesterday and ranked number 1 in the world. She ran a strong race and was placed 3rd on the bend and powered down the straight to finish in a time of 29.88.  Yiting Shi (China) won in a world record breaking time of 28.21. The bronze medal went to Nicole Nicoleitzik (Germany) in a time of 30.69 almost a second behind Aitchison.

Published 29-Aug-2021
LISA ADAMS WINS GOLD IN TOKYO

Paralympic debutant Lisa Adams won a gold medal tonight in Tokyo leading from the first throw in the Women’s Shot Put F37. This now takes the medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team to 3 medals including 2 gold and 1 silver.


Adams went into the event as world record holder. She came out and showed the field she meant business with her first throw of 14.36m setting a new Paralympic record. Adams then went onto better the record 4 times with each throw. She won the gold medal with a final throw of 15.12m and new Paralympic record.


The silver medal went to Na Mi (China) throwing 13.69m and bronze to Yingli Li (China) at 13.33m.

Published 27-Aug-2021
TUPOU NEIUFI WINS GOLD IN TOKYO

Paralympian Tupou Neiufi took a commanding lead to win gold in Tokyo tonight. Taking the medal tally for the New Zealand Paralympic Team to 2 medals including 1 gold and 1 silver.


Neiufi won a gold medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S8 in a time of 1:16.84. She went into the event ranked number 2 in the world. Neiufi took a lead early on and after the turn at 50 metres pulled away to touch the wall 1.47 seconds ahead of silver medal winner Kateryna Denysenko (Ukraine) with a time of 1:18.31. Bronze went to Jessica Long (USA) 1:18.55

Published 27-Aug-2021
SOPHIE PASCOE WINS SILVER IN TOKYO

Paralympian Sophie Pascoe has now become the first medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, getting the New Zealand Paralympic Team on the medal table.


Pascoe won a silver in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB8 in a time of 1:20.23 after going into the race ranked 3rd in the world in this event. She took the lead from the start against old rival and friend Ellen Keane from Ireland. Keane went onto steal back the lead in the last 10 metres narrowly taking gold in a time of 1:19.93. Bronze went to Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) athlete Adelina Razetdinova in a time of 1:24.77.

Published 24-Aug-2021
NZ PARALYMPIC TEAM APPOINTS HAPAI KARA

The New Zealand Paralympic Team will join together tonight to mark the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and celebrate the announcement of Paralympian #166 Sophie Pascoe and Paralympian #208 William Stedman as Hapai Kara.


The New Zealand Paralympic Team will not be attending the Opening Ceremony and as such the traditional role of flagbearers have been replaced with equivalent leadership roles. Pascoe and Stedman have been chosen as they are a symbol and embodiment of the Paralympic values for the rest of the team, serving as a reminder to others about what the New Zealand Paralympic Team stand for and what the team can showcase to New Zealand and the world.

For the full story, head to our website:

https://paralympics.org.nz/news/nz-paralympic-team-appoints-hapai-kara/

Published 23-Aug-2021
WE THE 15

Launched ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, #WeThe15 aims to end discrimination towards persons with disabilities and act as a global movement publicly campaigning for disability visibility, accessibility, and inclusion.


ParaFed Canterbury is proud to support this initiative and raise awareness of the 15% of the worlds population with a disability.


Find out more: www.wethe15.org


Published 23-Aug-2021
THE ADAMS FAMILY

With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games starting this week, here is a great story on Lisa Adams and her coach Dame Valerie Adams.

Click the link below to watch the video:
https://attitudelive.com/player-page/lisa-adams--para-athlete/

Published 23-Aug-2021
COACHES, STAFF & OFFICIALS

There are 37 coaches and staff who will support the New Zealand team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. There are also a number of officials from New Zealand.

Here is a list of coaches, staff and officials from the Canterbury region (hopefully we haven't forgotten anyone).


Thank you for the work that you do supporting the New Zealand Paralympians.


Click on the link for more information about the NZ Paralympic team: https://paralympics.org.nz/.../tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

Published 22-Aug-2021
SOPHIE PASCOE - PARA SWIMMING

All the best to Sophie Pascoe who will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


Sophie will compete at her fourth Paralympic Games. She is New Zealand’s most decorated Paralympian, having won 15 Paralympic medals, and will look to add to her tally in Tokyo.


She is a proud Cantabrian and has positively impacted the lives of many people.

Sophie was the winner of our inaugural Graham Condon Scholarship in 2008. She has won our Sportsperson of the Year on a record 12 occasions and has also been our Junior Sportsperson of the Year on four occasions. Sophie was awarded a Life Membership by ParaFed Canterbury in 2017.

Click on the link for more information about the NZ Paralympic team:
https://paralympics.org.nz/.../tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

Published 21-Aug-2021
WILLIAM STEDMAN - PARA ATHLETICS

All the best to William Stedman who will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


William made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, at the age of 16, where he won bronze medals in the 400m T36 and 800m T36.


He continued his dominance on the track, winning silver at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in the 800m T36, and bronze at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in the 400m T36. He will focus on the 400m T36 and Long Jump T36 in Tokyo.


William is a member of our Academy Programme. He was the winner of our Graham Condon Scholarship in 2016, and our Junior Sportsperson of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Click on the link for more information about the NZ Paralympic team:
https://paralympics.org.nz/.../tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

Published 20-Aug-2021
CAITLIN DORE - PARA ATHLETICS

All the best to Caitlin Dore who will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


Caitlin made her Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, competing in Para athletics, where she finished 7th in the Javelin F37. After her main event was taken off the programme for Tokyo, she shifted her talents to Shot Put. She produced encouraging results, breaking the F37 shot put record in February 2018, just eight months after making the change.


Caitlin has spent the past six years in Dunedin, for training and study. She returned home to Christchurch in January to train alongside Dame Valerie Adams and Tom Walsh . She was the winner of our Junior Sportsperson on the Year in 2014 and our Graham Condon Scholarship in 2015.

Click on the link for more information about the NZ Paralympic team:
https://paralympics.org.nz/.../tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

Published 19-Aug-2021
MIKE TODD - WHEELCHAIR RUGBY

All the best to Mike Todd who will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


Mike is 1 of 8 players in the New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby team and is making his Paralympic Games debut. He was born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, which is a neurological condition that effects all limbs. He was introduced to wheelchair rugby in 2008, representing Canterbury ever since, and made his Wheel Blacks debut against Australia in 2015.


Mike has been heavily involved with the administration of Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby.

Click on the link for more information about the NZ Paralympic team:
https://paralympics.org.nz/.../tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

Published 18-Aug-2021
CODY EVERSON - WHEELCHAIR RUGBY

All the best to Cody Everson who will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


Cody is captain of the New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby team and is making his Paralympic Games debut. His original goal was to be an All Black, but after suffering a rugby accident at the age of 15, he set himself a new goal of being a Wheel Black. The team are competing at the Paralympic Games for the first time since 2008.


Cody is a member of our Academy Programme. He was the winner of our Graham Condon Scholarship in 2020, was the winner of our Emerging Talent of the Year award in 2015, and was named the Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby MVP in 2016 and 2019.

Click on the link for more information about the NZ Paralympic team:
https://paralympics.org.nz/.../tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

Published 17-Aug-2021
SCOTT MARTLEW - PARA CANOE

All the best to Scott Martlew who will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


Scott made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, competing in Para canoe, where he finished 8th in the 200m KL3 (kayak). In 2018, he was reclassified to the sport class KL2. Scott won silver in the 200m KL2 at the 2018 World Championships and bronze in the 200m KL2 at the 2019 World Championships.


Scott is a member of our Academy Programme. He was the winner of our Graham Condon Scholarship in 2017 and named our Sportsperson on the Year in 2018.

Click on the link for more information about the NZ Paralympic team:
https://paralympics.org.nz/.../tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

Published 16-Aug-2021
TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES

Congratulations to the Para athletes who have been selected for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The 29 Para athletes will compete across 6 Para sports..


Included in the team are six Para athletes from ParaFed Canterbury:


Scott Martlew - Para canoe

Cody Everson - Wheelchair rugby

Mike Todd - Wheelchair rugby

Caitlin Dore - Para athletics

William Stedman - Para athletics

Sophie Pascoe - Para swimming


The Paralympic Games will run from 24 August - 5 September.

Published 21-Jun-2021
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

Volunteers play a major role in the success of ParaFed Canterbury. This week is National Volunteer Week and we would like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing people that volunteer their time to assist our organisation.


To the members, coaches and parents who assist in the running of our sports and junior programmes, the students that support us at events each year, our board members who add their knowledge and skills to our governance team, and to our incredible supporters who are always there encouraging our Para athletes and teams ... a massive THANK YOU from ParaFed Canterbury.

Published 19-Jun-2021
2021 INCREDIBLE AWARDS

The 4th Incredible Awards was held today to celebrate the achievements of the ParaFed Canterbury Junior Team that competed at the 2021 Halberg Games.


Congratulations to this years award winners:


The Incredible Award: Rorie Poff

Pawson Cup - Rookie: Oakley Herd

Tukapua Cup - Sportsmanship: Joshua Rae

Pierson Cup - Leadership: Dominic McLauchlan

Lowen Cup - People's Choice Award: Rorie Poff

Published 26-Apr-2021
2021 HALBERG GAMES
Congratulations to all of the ParaFed Canterbury athletes for an outstanding weekend. Thank you to our wonderful support crew who without you we could not do this .


2021 Cup Winners

Flight Centre Foundation supporter of the games - Kayne Tukapua

Southern Trust Cup for Spirit of the games (Male) - Rorie Poff

Joyce Fisher Cup for Spirit of the games (Female) - Charlotte Murphy


Published 24-Mar-2021
2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting was held at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs on Wednesday 24th March 2021. Those in attendance were presented the annual report, as well as the audited accounts.


The board for the next 12 months was confirmed as:


Cody Everson - new appointment

Annette Melrose - reappointed

Geraldine Rae

Sian Ruth - reappointed

Ken Sowden MNZM - staff member

Nicki Turner MNZM


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


Published 09-Mar-2021
NOTICE OF 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 1:30pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.


Board Nomination and Motion Forms available upon request.

Main agenda item is the approval of the new constitution which is available along with the 2020 Audited accounts.

2021 Notice of AGM
2021 Motion Forms

Published 25-Jan-2021
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.

Subscription is only $40 for the year.

Click here to download the subscription form.

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