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2nd April 2014
New Zealand Track and Field Championship
It was a huge weekend for ParaFed Canterbury athletes at New Zealand Track & Field Champs in Wellington. We had some great results with two gold, three silver, and one bronze medal. This was the first Nationals that I have been to that had a full race for the AWD 100m and 200m. These races were full of strong competition, which made for exciting result. The Canterbury team had Caitlin Dore competing in the Shot Put achieving a gold medal and a silver medal in Javelin and Discus respectively. Also Julian Bethell accomplished a gold medal in Shot Put and a silver medal in Discus. Furthermore Daryl Humberstone achieved a bronze medal in the Long Jump. Congratulations again to all the competitors that attended to make this event such a success.
This event also show-
25th March 2014
ParaFed Canterbury Scholarship Meeting
2014 Scholarship meeting for all scholarship athletes is on Thursday 27th March at 5.30pm at Marshland Hall in Burwood Hospital.
2014 ParaFed Canterbury AGM is on Thursday 27th March at 6.30pm. Marshland Room -
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games deemed a success for the New Zealand Team
As the curtain falls on a spectacular Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games the three-
A small but gifted New Zealand team came into Sochi with high expectations led by Adam Hall, the defending Men’s Slalom Standing champion and supported by Carl Murphy, one the world’s leading Snowboard Cross riders – a sport making its Paralympic debut.
Yet it was to be Corey Peters, the third and least experienced of the triumvirate, who was to prove the star of the team delivering a stunning silver medal in the Men’s Giant Slalom Sitting – the final event on the programme to involve a Kiwi athlete.
A target of two gold medals had been set for the New Zealand team in Russia, and but for a combination of injury, illness and rank bad luck in all likelihood they would have achieved their goal.
Adam was desperate to defend the Men’s Slalom Standing title he memorably won four
years ago in Vancouver, however, an ill-
He bounced back some 24 hours later for the delayed second run of the Super Combined
and almost salvaged a medal from the Games, with a brave super-
A philosophical Adam expressed disappointment at just missing out on a medal but pride in the way he performed in challenging circumstances.
“I’ve been happy with my level of performances, I had high hopes of winning a medal
in all events and to not win a medal is disappointing but sometimes that’s ski racing,”
adds Adam, who DNF'd in his other event the Super-
“The organisers have done a great job to maintain the course and make sure the events have gone ahead,” he adds. “The whole Games have been a great experience. It has been a great challenge to try and get on the podium, I’ve really enjoyed it and I will try to improve in the future.”
Carl, whose preparations were badly compromised after suffering a fractured a knee and partially ruptured LCL in a December training accident, was always likely to be a little undercooked coming into what was his first competition of the season and so it proved.
Despite a two solid runs he finished a little way down on the three US podium fillers and had to settle for fourth in the Men’s Snowboard Cross
The Lake Hawea resident who grew up in New Plymouth refused to use the injury as an excuse for his performance and adds: “The chance to represent my country at the highest level is a huge honour that I don’t take lightly. I'm out of the podium, but it’s still fourth place in the world at the highest level. I’m sure once I get back and reflect on it it’s going to be one of those experiences I’ll never forget.
“All the people around the resort, the volunteers, the athletes from the other nations
and their coaches have been super-
Yet the main plaudits should be reserved for Corey, who only started competitive
ski racing in 2011. After a classy first run in the Men's Giant Slalom -
It had been some Paralympic debut for Corey, who belied his world ranking to also
record a fourth place finish in the Super Combined, sixth spot in the Super-
“I’m pretty blown away,” he said of taking a silver medal. “To be at my first Paralympics and come away with a podium...talk about leaving the best until to last. I’m really stoked with my achievement.”
Peters, who was given the honour of carrying the New Zealand flag for the Closing Ceremony, describes his whole Paralympic experience as “overwhelming” and he will cherish his Sochi memories.
“It’s been amazing seeing all these nations come together and unite,” he explains. “A highlight for me was the Opening Ceremony knowing potentially millions of people were watching me on TV. Coming out into the arena with the Silver Fern on my chest must be a similar feeling to what an All Black experiences when they run out on to the pitch.”
Paralympics New Zealand Chief Executive Fiona Allan viewed the Games as an unmitigated success and another major step forward for the Paralympic movement.
She insists the standard of Paralympic competition continues to rise and consequently was delighted with the way the New Zealand team acquitted themselves.
“Our Winter Paralympians have performed exceptionally well in Sochi,” she explains. “Corey Peters blitzed it to take silver in the Giant Slalom. Yet the whole team have done a stunning job and I have been extremely proud of all of them both on and off the slopes.”
© Paralympics New Zealand
3rd March 2014
2014 ParaFed Canterbury AGM is on Thursday 27th March at 6.30pm. Marshland Room -
There are two vacant Board Positions this year and attached is a Board Nomination form as well as a Motion form if you would like to be on the Board or table a motion at the meeting.
Please note that the Board Nomination and Motion Form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Wednesday the 19th March 2014.
Our Audited Accounts will also be available to be viewed from the 20th March 2014 at the Parafed Canterbury office or we can email you a copy.
Paralympics NZ Express Lane for Para-
It has been just over two weeks since we launched Paralympics New Zealand’s (PNZ) newest programme – PNZ EXPRESS LANE!
With the support from the International Paralympic Committee, PNZ Express Lane is
We have had a small amount of interest to start with, with 7 potential candidates putting their names forward. As we continue to promote and spread our net far and wide, I have no doubt that the level of interest will increase.
Remember: Potential athletes do not necessarily need to be an amazing swimmers to start with – although they do need to be confident in the water and be able to float on their own.
We will assist new Para-
Information Sheet -
Check List -
As part of our identification & recruitment, we will host Para-
Auckland Saturday 8th March 2014
Nelson Sunday 23rd March 2014
Wellington Saturday 29th March 2014
Hamilton Monday 28th April 2014
Christchurch / Timaru / Dunedin TBC (or as requested)
We will confirm exact locations (pools) and assessment times with people as their register.
Trikes NZ Open Days in South Island
Trikes NZ Open Day in Christchurch on 14th March at Allan Bean Centre Burwood Hospital (entrance 3 Mairehau Road Burwood Christchurch)
For further information -
Sochi 2014 Paralympics New Zealand athletes timetable
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will be the eleventh Winter Paralympic Games and
will take place in Sochi, Russia between 7 -
Father Leo Close Memorial Regional Games in Dunedin
This is the Dunedin regional games on 16th March 2014. Anyone is welcome to go down and participate. Entries must be received by ParaFed Otago by Wednesday 12th March at the latest. Click here for information
Canterbury Track and Field Champs
The Canterbury Track and Field Championships where held in Timaru on 2nd March. This was another great event for our athletes that went down to competing in. For some of our younger members it was a great change to watch some top names competing (Holly Robinson and Rory McSweeney). Also Jack Woods broke two New Zealand records one in Discus throwing 23.12m with the previous record being 20.53m and the other in 200m.. Great to see Meg Weston getting back into the sport and competing again and all the ParaFed Member that competed.
Sochi 2014 Paralympics Broadcast Rights in New Zealand Awarded to Attitude Pictures
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has awarded the host broadcast rights
in New Zealand for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games to Attitude Pictures Ltd
(APL), an award-
Attitude Pictures will present New Zealand audiences with 44 hours of free coverage
and highlights packages from Sochi 2014 March 7-
APL has secured the support of three major New Zealand partners to make coverage from Sochi possible:
• NZ On Air has agreed to provide up to $261,000 funding to provide a documentary special including broad coverage of the Games;
• ACC has become an Official Partner of AttitudeLive;
• TVNZ will be the free-
In addition to providing the most comprehensive coverage ever of a Paralympic Winter Games in New Zealand, Attitude Pictures has an option to provide coverage from the athletics, shooting and swimming World Championships over the next two years.
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “We are delighted with this agreement with Attitude Pictures as it means more Paralympic coverage in New Zealand than ever before.
“Attitude Pictures has a fantastic track record and global reputation for creating
and delivering high quality content regarding para-
“One of the stand-
Paralympics New Zealand CEO Fiona Allan said: “New Zealand’s 17-
APL founder and chief executive Robyn Scott-
“Attitude’s producers will package highlights for TVNZ and we are talking to other
potential media partners,” Scott-
“Part of our belief is that we need to engage the audience and raise the profile of the athletes and that this will help change attitudes towards the one in five New Zealanders who live with disability. These athletes are role models. The countless medals achieved by NZ Paralympians like Adam Hall, Sophie Pascoe, Cameron Leslie and others show what’s possible. But we’re eager to encourage young people to see a pathway in sport whether that is rehabilitation, recreation or elite performance.”
NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson said: “We are very pleased to support this project, which will give audiences back home the ability to follow the incredible efforts, and we hope successes, of our Paralympic athletes in action in Sochi. This project is an excellent example of the importance of diversity on our screens, and of how NZ On Air strives to meet the needs of audiences.”
TVNZ Head of Television Jeff Latch said TVNZ is proud to be the television and online partner again for highlights of the Paralympics.
“We have a long standing partnership with Attitude Pictures and look forward to working with Robyn and her team in bringing coverage from Sochi to New Zealand audiences,” he said.
ACC is also partnering Attitude Pictures and AttitudeLive, recognising the strong role that sport and activity can play in the rehabilitation of men and women back to everyday life after an accident.
ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering said: “Attitude Picture’s broadcast partnership provides a unique, affirmative, national opportunity to highlight positive rehabilitation outcomes and the inspiring achievements of New Zealand’s Paralympians. ACC is proud to support this initiative.”
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place between March 7 -
Target Shooting Nationals in Wellington results from 14 -
ParaFed Canterbury had three of our scholarship members competing in the Target Shooting National. Congratulation on your results:
Open Air Rifle Prone Decimal Total Points/Inners
5th Grant Philip 625.8 596.48
7th Donald Corkill 607.6 582.31
8th Robert Smith 599.5 572.25
5th Grant Philip 145.1
7th Donald Corkill 101.3
IPC R1, R4 Air Rifle Decimal Total Points/Inners
2nd Grant Philip 621.8 595.46
4th Donald Corkill 610.5 586.38
5th Robert Smith 608.5 579.33
3rd Grant Philip 186.2
5th Robert Smith 162.5
7th Donald Corkill 121.2
Variety Seeks Talented Kiwi Kids for Gold Heart Scholarships
Applications for Gold Heart Scholarships are now open. Gold Heart Scholarships provide
talented Kiwi kids who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged with up to $5,000 to support
their goal and matches them with a mentor to assist them. To apply children should
already be proficient in their field and show passion and commitment to achieve a
A unique aspect of the scholarship is that each recipient is assigned a leading professional or celebrity mentor to encourage and support them throughout the year.
“Being a Gold Heart Scholarship recipient has helped me get a step closer to achieving
my dream of one day representing New Zealand as a Paralympic swimmer. Nothing is
ever easy, but with hard work, determination, self-
With her scholarship, Mangere local Tupou is well on her way to becoming a world-
Gold Heart Scholarships form part of Variety’s Future Kiwi Kids programme. The Variety Gold Heart Scholarship Programme makes up to $5,000 available per annum for up to three years to help children who are physically or financially challenged to fulfill their dreams. This could include assisting with tuition fees, personal development, coaching, and the purchase of training equipment, travel or accommodation.
To download an application form click here
New Zealand Powerchair Football have vacancies in committee position
Currently New Zealand Powerchair Football need a full committee that works together for the benefit of the sport.
The position available are:
NZPF Vice President -
Secretary position -
Treasurer position -
Two Committee members -
3rd December 2013
The annual ParaFed Canterbury Awards Evening was held at the Chateau on the Park on Saturday 30th November.
The evening is one of the few opportunities we have to gather all members together at one time, while at the same time
showcasing our member’s achievements throughout the year. The winners on the night were …
Sportsperson of the Year Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Sophie Pascoe Swimming Jacquie Ruth Swimming
Most Promising Senior Athlete Most Promising Junior Athlete
Melissa Counihan Powerchair Football Conor Hassan Tennis
Most Valued Volunteer Powerchair Football Club Award
Simon Oliver Melissa Counihan
Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby Award Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby Award
Most Valuable Player Most Improved Player
Sholto Taylor Luke Kenmare
Canterbury Shooting Award – Ultimate Shot ParaFed Boccia Club – Club Award
Grant Philip Thomas Chin
ParaFed Canterbury Art Awards
1st Place Jill Lloyd -
2nd Place Ross Ogden -
3rd Place Graeme Crosbie -
People’s Choice Award Robin Haskell -
2013 SCHOLARSHIPS Elite Athlete $1200 Sporting grant
Coach Scholarship $500 Coaching Grant Anthea Gunner
Andrea Hall Athletics Grant Philip
Graham Condon Scholarship $2000 Sporting Grant Sholto Taylor
Development Athlete $600 Sporting Grant
(Johannesburg) South Africa hosted the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation
(IWRF) 2013 Asia-
New Zealand Disabled Bowls
Snow Reardon from the Oxford Club has continued a rich vein of form with a win in the final of the New Zealand Disabled Bowls Singles played on the Riccarton Racecourse Bowls Club’s synthetic surface on Friday.
In the final Snow Reardon who also won the Over 60s Pairs the week before with Brian
Heemi was a comfortable winner 15-
Both players had won through qualifying rounds unbeaten but Reardon who won his semi
final game 15-
The tournament which started on the Monday was played predominantly in inclement weather and a good standard of bowls was displayed throughout.
POST SECTION SINGLES
Reardon (Oxford) 15 Brodie (Parklands) 6; Walker (Mosgiel) 15 Bentley (Papatoetoe) 9;
Snow Reardon (Oxford) 15, Pam Walker (Mosgiel) 5;
Linda Bennett, Joan Ware 9, Reardon, Brodie 7; Bruce Wakefield (Burnside), Richard Bentley (Papatoetoe) 17, Heather Cornelius, Mark Mitchell (Huntley) 2;
Bennett and Ware 8, Wakefield and Bentley 7;
Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Champs
The Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Champs held Bangkok, Thailand. New Zealand competed well with some of the team coming from Canterbury. Congratulation to the New Zealand team finishing 8th overall.
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)
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