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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.

1998 - IPC Swimming World Championships
1999 - World Wheelchair Games
2001 - Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships
2003 - World Wheelchair Games
2003 - Boccia World Cup
2004 - Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup
2006 - World Wheelchair Rugby Championships
2009 - Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships
2011 - IPC Athletics World Championships

One of the major event highlights for ParaFed Canterbury was hosting the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in 2006.

The event was hosted entirely by ParaFed Canterbury and attended by the 12 best wheelchair rugby teams in the world. The final, which saw USA defeat New Zealand 34-30, was played in front of 5000 spectators and was broadcast on Sky TV. This was the first time that people paid to watch wheelchair rugby in this country.

ParaFed Canterbury was proud that the event won the Sports Canterbury Award for the Best International Sporting Event for 2006.

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