Sport and Recreation for people with physical disabilities


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26th March 2015

Hadleigh Pierson returns to ParaFed Canterbury - Sport Manager

Hadleigh Pierson will be rejoining ParaFed Canterbury in the role of Sport Manager after working for Paralympics New Zealand since February2008. Hadleigh will be taking the responsibilities from Kerry Jenkinson. Kerry is leaving her role of Sport Development with ParaFed on May 8th due to family commitments.   

The key focus of the Sports Manager role at ParaFed Canterbury will be recruitment of new members, provision of Sporting Opportunities and Pathways and overseeing Parafed Canterbury Scholarships programme and existing Sports programmes.

We welcome and look forward to having Hadleigh back on board with his great experience and knowledge he has from the sector.  

23rd March 2015

ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting Postponed

ParaFed Canterbury has had to postpone the Annual General Meeting which had been scheduled for March 26th.

A new date for the AGM has not been set yet. All members will be advised as soon as possible.

17th March 2015

Equestrian Nationals

The Para Equestrian National Champs were held in Feilding in conjunction with the NZ Dressage Champs at the beginning of March with the best ever Para entries to date. Mask and i were the only South Island combination who made the trip over and it was a very good one, winning 2 of our 3 events and the overall championship in Grade 2. We also very nearly cracked our PB in the musical freestyle with a great 69.75%.

Mask was a little star the whole week, he loves a road trip and it was our first time attending the show in Feilding, it had very nice facilities, very well located for the Para competitors with stabling, arenas & facilities all close by. We were very fortunate to have all of our events in the lovely indoor arena which gave the show a bit more atmosphere and a bit of an international flavour which i think we need to develop the sport and more riders to the high performance level in NZ.

All in all it was a great show, aside from a little bit of dodgy weather which we can't do much about. Sadly it was probably the last big show for Mask and I as i have made the hard decision to sell him and keep working on Brian for the immediate future. Mask has taken me places i never dreamed i would end up so its going to be a very sad day when he leaves.

Submitted by Anthea Dixon

ParaFed Waikato Active 8 Series

Congratulations to ParaFed’s Jon Nelson who has just returned from the Active8 series paracycling event run by ParaFed Waikato at Hampton downs.
Jon won both the H4 men’s time trial and road race

IPC Athletics Grand Prix, Queensland

New Zealand sent a group of 9 Para-Athletes to compete at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Queensland over the first weekend in March.

Congratulations to Jono Brownjohn, William Stedman, William O'Neill, Harry Crawford, Jack Lewer, Aodhan Hamilton, Christina Shepherd, Keelan Ward and Keiran Lane who all competed at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix.

A great event as 7 NZ Para-Records were broken including:
- William Stedman T36 400m 58.48, 200m 27.37, long jump 4.41
- Jono Brownjohn T44 100m 13.14
- Keelan Ward T20 100m 13.41...

16th March 2015

Have a Go at Lawn Bowls
The Halberg Trust are running a Have a Go at Lawn Bowls session at Fendalton Bowls Club on Monday 23rd March from 4 - 6pm
Check out the flyer for more information and contact details

9th March 2015

Target Shooting NZ Nationals

The 2015 Target Shooting New Zealand Nationals were held at the McLean’s Island Shooting Range on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd February.

Competitors from Canterbury, Waikato, Wellington and Auckland took part in the various matches for athletes with a disability.

The Open Prone (all shooters can compete in this match) was held on the Sunday, with Mike Johnson from Auckland winning this match.

Open Prone Results

Mike Johnson AKLD Gold

Ronan Murphy AKLD Silver

Greg Reid WGTN Bronze

IPC Standing Matches

SH1 Competitors

R1 Match Lee Warn AKLD

R2 Match Neelam O’Neill AKLD

SH2 Competitors

R4 Match Mike Johnson AKLD Gold

Grant Sharman AKLD 2nd

Phillip Skinner WAIK 3rd

A big thank you to Russell Henshaw and the Canterbury Outdoor Shooting for running our competitions.

NZ Shooting Cup One

Following on from the TSNZ Nationals, Parafed Canterbury Shooting Club ran the first Round of the New Zealand Cup. The matches were held at the McLean’s Island Shooting Range on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th February.

Competitors from Canterbury, Waikato, Wellington and Auckland took part in the various matches for the Cup.

IPC Standing Matches

SH1 Competitors

R1 Match Lee Warn  AKLD Gold

Larry Fa’Aaliga WAIK Silver

R2 Match Neelam O’Neill AKLD Gold

R3 Match Ronan Murphy AKLD Gold

Neelam O’Neill AKLD Silver

Lee Warn  AKLD Bronze

SH2 Competitors

R4 Match Mike Johnson AKLD Gold

Robert Berger AKLD Silver

Donald Corkill CANT  Bronze

R5 Match Jason Eales Waik Gold

Mike Johnson AKLD Silver

Robert Berger AKLD Bronze

A huge thanks to Sue Lemieux, Nicola Johnson, Dion Taka and Robby Wren for their help scoring targets and assisting on the range. And a big thanks to Alison Fursdon for being Range Officer on the Wednesday.

Thank you to all the shooters and their loaders/helpers for a great competition.

The second round is being held in Hamilton on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March.

25th November 2014

ParaFed Awards Function

On Saturday 22nd November ParaFed Canterbury held their annual awards function recognising our athletes, coaches and artists for their efforts throughout 2014.

Results from the Evening:

Sports Person of the Year                    Anthea Dixon          Equestrian

Junior Sports Person of the Year        Caitlin Dore            Athletics

Most Promising Senior Athlete            Jonathan Nelson      Handcycling

Most Promising Junior Athlete            William Stedman      Athletics

Most Valued Volunteer                         Shirley Stead

Wheelchair Rugby Most Valuable      Sholto Taylor

Wheelchair Rugby Most Improved    Mike Natzke

Boccia Club Award                          Matt Whiting

Powerchair Football Award              Luke Alderton

Shooting Club - Ultimate Shot          Grant Philip


1st Place              Pat Edmonds         Peace under the Blue Gums

2nd Place             Andrew Dawson     Hat Man

3rd Place             Donald Gibson        Just the two of us

People’s Choice    Pat Edmonds         Peace under the Blue Gums


Coach                   Andrea Hall           Athletics

Elite                  Anthea Dixon        Equestrian

                       Grant Philip           Shooting

                       Sholto Taylor        Wheelchair Rugby

Development      Luke Alderton       Powerchair Football

                       Thomas Chin         Boccia

                       Melissa Counihan   Powerchair Football

                       Caitlin Dore          Athletics

                       Pat Edmonds        Powerchair Football

                        Jonathan Nelson    Handcycling

                       Jacquie Ruth         Swimming

                       William Stedman     Athletics

                       Mike Todd             Wheelchair Rugby

                       Matthew Whiting    Boccia


13th October 2014

Boccia New Zealand National Championships Results

ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club was represented by a strong team of 6 athletes at the 2014 Boccia Nationals held in Wellington from 3 – 6th October.
Thomas Chin, Robin Haskell, Graeme Sudlow, Andrew Hocken, Jeremy Morriss and Matt Whiting all represented Canterbury well with some great results.

In a nail-biting BC1, 2 & 4 combined grades final, Christchurch's Matthew Whiting and Rangiora's Jeremy Morriss went head to head and showed pure class throughout the close game. Matching each other shot for shot, Whiting managed to get ahead of Morriss to win the title 6-2 while Hamilton's Vishal Chandra dominated the bronze medal match to convincingly snatch the final podium spot from Wellington's William Parker 7-0.

Meanwhile, Australian Ashleigh Jamieson caused a major upset in the BC3 competition, winning the title 5-2 from Palmerston North's Greig Jackson. Jamieson started strong and managed to hold on to her lead despite a strong fight-back in the second half by Jackson. Dunedin's Henk Dijkstra dominated the bronze medal match, defeating fellow club member Karen Menzies 11-0 in a one-sided playoff match.

The Kiwi / Open grade final was an intense affair with Australia's Phil Bates using his experience to beat Northland's newcomer Bill Henry to claim the gold medal 7-2. The third-fourth playoff went right down to the wire with Graeme Sudlow from Christchurch doing enough to snatch the victory from fellow Cantabrian Thomas Chin in a sudden-death playoff after scores were locked at 3-all at the end of regulation time.

BC1, 2 and 4 combined grade
Gold - Matthew Whiting (Canterbury)
Silver - Jeremy Morriss (Canterbury)
Bronze - Vishal Chandra (Waikato)

BC3 grade
Gold - Ashleigh Jamieson (Australia)
Silver - Greig Jackson (Manawatu)
Bronze - Henk Dijkstra (Otago)

Kiwi / Open grade
Gold - Phil Bates (Australia)
Silver - Bill Henry (Northland)
Bronze - Graeme Sudlow (Canterbury)

© Boccia New Zealand

Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Upcoming Have a Go Days

- Cricket 26th October

- Football 1st November

- Bowls 6th November

- Golf 24th November

- Surfing 22nd February

22nd September 2014

NZ Cup 2 Shooting

A big thank you to those that travelled down to compete in the NZ Cup 2 on 20th - 21st September. Also thanks to everyone chipping in with setting up and helping with scoring. The third place trophy was not contested this year.

With entry numbers low, the NZ Cup Round 2 was held in the Parafed Canterbury Shooting Club’s Range, in the Marshland Hall.

Thankfully the weather gods gave us great weather for the weekend, albeit, a bit cool on Sunday.

Friday afternoon had some of the shooters getting in a practice session, to zero in for the competitions on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s competitions was a mix of the SH1 R3 and the SH2 R4 Matches, this enabled the six shooters to compete in the one detail.

The Finals were held separately, with the SH1 R3 Final held first, followed by the SH2 R4 Final, this was a closely contested match. Unfortunately Rob Smith was unable to compete in the R4 match.

R3 Medals

Gold      Cameron Frew

Silver     Larry Fa’Aaliga

R4 Medals

Gold      Grant Philip

Silver     Phillip Skinner

Bronze  Max Hales

Sunday was a mix again with the SH1 R1 and the SH2 R5 matches. Some good scores from these competitions.

The R5 Final was held first, this was a fantastic match, with three shooters tied partway through. Great stuff!

The R1 Final followed, thank you to Cameron Frew for sitting in to shoot against Larry, for a bit of competition.

R1 Medals

Gold      Larry Fa’Aaliga

R5 Medals

Gold      Max Hales

Silver     Phillip Skinner

Bronze  Jason Eales

NZ Cup 2014 Trophies

SH1 Certificate  Larry Fa’Aaliga

SH2 1st Place       Grant Philip

SH2 2nd Place      Max Hales

- Click here for the full results

© Grant Philips

11th September 2014

Boccia South Island Championship

13 athletes from across the South Island descended on Christchurch looking for crucial ranking points to help their chances ahead of the National Championships later this year.

As the 2-day South Island Boccia Championships held in Christchurch over the weekend of 16-17 August came to a close it was local athletes who enjoyed notable success across all grades.

After topping the group in pool play, two-time Paralympian Jeremy Morriss was too strong for the rest of his competition en route to claiming the gold in the BC1, 2 & 4 combined grade, followed by BC1's Matthew Whiting and Gary Williams. However, it was Dunedin's Henk Dijkstra (BC3) - who claimed the top overall honours, narrowly beating Morriss 4-3 in the final.

In the Kiwi / Open combined divison, Andrew Hocken stunned his competitors and fellow clubmates beating Craig Gadsby the final 6-2. Youngster Thomas Chin edged out veteran Robin Haskell 2-2- in a tie-break to take out the last spot on the podium.

The South Island Boccia Championships was a Boccia New Zealand sanctioned event. For the full results, please visit the
Boccia New Zealand website.

© Boccia New Zealand

2014 Sports Person of the Year
Anthea Dixon

First Place Art Award
Pat Edmonds (Right)
presented by Chris, Art Tutor