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The ParaFed South Island Games was a success for the athletics that went ahead. The athletes had a very successful day with five New Zealand records being broken. Congratulation to Jack wood and Caitlin Dore on new records in shot put, discuss and javelin for there classification. Click here to see the full results
New position joint appointment for Parafed Waikato and BOP
Exciting new joint venture opportunity to support sport and recreation opportunities
for physically disabled New Zealander’s with two leading Parafeds-
Australian National Powerchair Football Championship results
The New Zealand Powerchair Football Development Squad at the Australian National Championships 13th –20th Oct.
An eager and excited team of 7 players plus carers, supporters and family arrived in Sydney on Sunday 13th October for an experience of a lifetime. For the 4 players from Canterbury and the 3 players from Auckland this was a journey into the unknown.
Sure, we had a good grip on each others play and had a basic understanding of the
rules but what we encountered over the next week would certainly be an eye-
All the training in the world and poring over rules will never substitute for actual game time and that is what we really learnt and benefited from.
The 6 teams from NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and
NZ were ranked into 2 pools of 3 teams with each team playing the other 2 pool teams
twice before progressing into playoffs, semi-
We were grouped with Queensland and Victoria with the latter being first up.
We lost the first game against Victoria 10-
No excuses but the glaringly obvious fact was the experience of the Aussie players and the fact that 2 to 3 players in each of their teams were kitted out in StrikeForce powerchairs. The machines are made in the USA and are specifically designed for the sport.
With lower centre of gravity, powerful motors, super-
Later in the week we were in the 5th/6th playoff with South Australia which we lost
Another highlight for me was the solo rendition of our national anthem by Luke Alderton before the start of the NZ vs. Aussie “test” match on the Saturday afternoon which the Aussies won but we certainly went down fighting.
For all the NZ contingent, it was a “Guided Discovery” into where we are as to our standard of play, what we need to do to improve and for the serious players, just what needs to be done in the area of fundraising if they wish to compete at the next tournament in a “Maserati”!!
At approx. $12,000 each, that’s a lot of sausage sizzles!
We all left the smoke haze of Sydney with a better knowledge of ourselves, our team-
Simon Oliver (Coach)
The NZ Wheelchair Tennis Open is a big event on 6 -
To ensure that ParaFed Canterbury members who want to participate in athletics get the best opportunities and guidance, we have aligned with Papanui TOC H Athletics Club to make this possible. By joining Papanui TOC H you will be able to get regular training in all aspects of athletics by experienced coaches and more opportunities to have regular competition. Click here for further information
Next week the , along with some of the world’s best Boccia athletes, will descend on Sydney Olympic Park to compete in this mandatory qualifier for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
2013 Asia and Oceania Boccia Championships
21st – 25th October 2013
Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, Australia
How to get involved:
…You can also right now by spreading the word about Boccia.
Do you know someone with cerebral palsy, post-
Do you know someone whose movement is limited due to age? Or anyone looking for a new sporting option?
Then tell them about Boccia! This truly inclusive sport can be played by anyone, regardless of level of movement, and is extremely easy to get started in.
What is Boccia?
Boccia tests each competitor’s degree of muscle control and accuracy. Seated, athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel six leather balls as close as possible to a white target ball (the jack).
The benefits of Boccia
Research shows that participating in sport at any level, provides people with physical
disabilities with increased self-
Why play Boccia?
Explains Harvey Brunt, Boccia New Zealand President, “The highly skilled and strategic sport was originally developed from bowls and bocce as a suitable sport for people with the highest level of physical impairment but has grown to be more than just a pastime. It is fascinating to watch. Whether people are playing for fun or at a competitive level, Boccia provides a much needed sporting and social pathway.”
Adds Luke Morriss, Director of Boccia at Boccia New Zealand, “For many athletes with high levels of physical impairment, their sporting pathways can be limited. Boccia is one of very few sports that can be played and enjoyed by anyone, whether it is at a local club level or at an international level.”
For more information
New Junior Sport Coordinator -
ParaFed Canterbury would like to welcome Nicky to the team. Nicky is replacing Evette in the Junior Sport Coordinator role and I’m sure all our members will make her welcome. Nicky will start on Monday 14th October and will be working 20hours per week.
The 2013 New Zealand Boccia Nationals were recently held at the Allan Brewster Centre in Papatoetoe Auckland, over the weekend of 27th – 30th September. The event saw around 40 athletes attend from around New Zealand and Australia. It also provided an ideal opportunity for the New Zealand High Performance Squad to get one last hit out before they travel over to Sydney in October for the Asia & Oceania Boccia Championships. The squad includes several Canterbury athletes. A big thank you too South Auckland Boccia for hosting a fantastic event.
BC1, 2 & 4 BC3 Kiwi/Open
1st Maurice Toon (Hamilton) 1st Gavin Thorneycroft (Australia) 1st Scott Burdett (Northland)
2nd Mathew Whiting (Canterbury) 2nd Greig Jackson (Palmerston North) 2nd James Morrison (Australia)
3rd Ross Flood (Auckland) 3rd Oliver Hill – Parker (Nelson) 3rd Kimberley McLean (Northland)
Tasman Youth Sports Club -
The first session of the Tasman Youth Sports Club will be on Thursday 17th October.
Tracey Perry has been employed by ParaFed Canterbury in Nelson to run a Youth Sports Club in the Tasman district working with individuals aged 5 -
If anyone knows of families or individuals in the Tasman region who may want to be involved in this exciting program, please contact Tracey on email@example.com or 022 042 9074
Ben Lucas named Chef de Mission for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is pleased to announce that the newly appointed Chef
de Mission for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is Ben Lucas.
Ben is highly respected in the Paralympic Sport community as both a Paralympian and as a leader of change and excellence. He is currently the Chief Executive of New Zealand Spinal Trust, a Board member of Parafed Canterbury, Trustee of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and recent Board Member of PNZ and as such, is an outstanding candidate for this role. As an athlete Ben represented New Zealand at the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. He led both Paralympic Games teams as New Zealand Team Captain.
Ben will be tasked with continuing to drive the New Zealand campaign to success at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He will provide the leadership that creates and delivers a high performance environment for New Zealand athletes to succeed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games take place from 7 – 18 September 2016.
Sophie Pascoe -
New Zealand's star swimmer Sophie Pascoe was voted the International Paralympic Committee's
(IPC) Athlete of the Month for August after winning gold in all five of her events
at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
In what was the closest Athlete of the Month poll ever on Paralympic.org, Pascoe received 44 per cent of the public's vote, just slipping by British equestrian rider Sophie Christiansen in the final hours of voting to win the monthly honour.
ParaFed Canterbury now invites you to enter the 2013 Art Awards.
Click here for entry form.
This class is designed for anybody that has done very little exercise and will have activities for all abilities. It will be a fun low impact exercise class set to funky music and with a short social time for tea coffee or water after.
The trial will run for 6 weeks with a view to adding it to the Group Fitness Timetable as a regular class if the trial is successful. The cost will be $4.50 per person each session (Support person FREE)
Starting Tuesday 24th September 11.15am QEII Fitness @ Parklands 75 Queenspark Drive
16th September 2013
Wheelchair Rugby Nationals -
Auckland Blue took out the final by one point against Auckland White 44-
Congratulations to Sholto Taylor from the Canterbury team for taking out the Award for best 2.0.
Click here to go through to the Photo Gallery for images from the weekend
The 2013 ParaFed South Island Games will feature events in Athletics, Swimming and Shooting. This year we are also hosting free training clinics for both Athletics and Swimming prior to the competitions. This will give an opportunity for all athletes to learn from our talented coaches.
ParaFed will also have transport available to Timaru for this event.
South Island Boccia Championships
Canterbury was strongly represented at the South Island Boccia Championships held
in Dunedin over the weekend of 24th & 25th August.
Thomas Chin (Canty) beat 4 New Zealand representatives to win the Throwing grade. Congratulations Thomas.
1st Thomas Chin 2nd Jeremy Morriss, 3rd Gary Williams.
Canterbury’s Kiwi / Open Class players resoundingly took out their grade too. 1st Robin Haskell, 2nd Graeme Sudlow, 3rd Craig Gadsby.
FABULOUS Fifteen Medals from IPC World Swimming Championships
The 2013 World Championships have just concluded with fantastic results from the whole New Zealand Swimming Team.
12 Gold Medals, 1 Silver & 2 Bronze
Sophie Pascoe -
Women's 100m Backstroke S10 GOLD
Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9 GOLD
Women's 100m Butterfly S10 GOLD + World Record
Women's 100m Freestyle S10 GOLD + World Record
Women's 50m Freestyle S10 GOLD + World Record
Mary Fisher -
Women's 100m Butterfly S11 GOLD
Women's 100m Freestyle S11 GOLD
Women's 200m Medley SM11 GOLD
Women's 50m Freestyle S11 GOLD
Women's 400m Freestyle S11 SILVER
Cameron Leslie -
Men’s 150m Medley SM4 GOLD
Men’s 50m Backstroke S5 Bronze
Nikita Howarth -
Women’s 200m Medley SM7 GOLD
Women’s 50m Butterfly S7 Bronze
New Zealand Team “Te Waka Hou” has just returned from competing at the 2013 GIO Australian
National Wheelchair Rugby Championships.
Five teams fought valiantly at the 2013 NWRC, with many a rummage during thr tournament. It could have been anyone’s victory with a fantastic line up from all involved which made the tournament unpredictable and all the more exciting.
Even though the Suncorp QLD Cyclones were not considered favourites for the tournament, this did not stop their thirst for success when they took the Grand Final in a decisive 63-
The Bronze medal match was a tough dual between Vero NZ Te Waka Hou and the GIO NSW
Gladiators. In the end though New Zealand broke to a clear lead in the last quarter
of play and finished the match with a decisive win 62 -
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