Sport and Recreation for people with physical disabilities


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28th April 2015
ParaFed Canterbury AGM

ParaFed Canterbury’s Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 23rd April at Melrose Wheelchairs.

The AGM was uneventful and the 2015 Board is Annette Melrose, Andrew Hawker, Justin Muschamp, Grant Philip, Sian Ruth and Ben Lucas.

IPC World Swimming Championships New Zealand Team Named

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is thrilled to announce their team for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow in July. This follows a stellar week of competition at the Swimming NZ Open Championships where eight Para-Swimmers earned their place with outstanding performances. The New Zealand Team is Jesse Reynolds, Sophie Pascoe, Hamish McLean, Cameron Leslie, Nikita Howarth, Georgia Gray, Rebecca Dubber and Mary Fisher.

Ken Sowden Cup, Wheelchair Rugby

The inaugural Ken Sowden Cup is being held in Auckland from 1 - 3 May. The Ken Sowden Cup is a trans tasman competition pitting the New Zealand Wheel Blacks vs. the Australian Steelers.

The schedule has been set for the Wheel Blacks vs Australia! If you’re in Auckland make sure you lock in these dates:

May 1st
Game 1 and 2, Tip off at 11am and 3pm
The Trusts Arena (Trusts Arena - Waitakere)

May 2nd
Game 2 and 3, tip off at 11am and 3pm
The Trusts Arena (Trusts Arena - Waitakere)

May 3rd
Game 5 , tip off t 9:30am
Allan Brewster Recreational Centre (Alan Brewster Centre - Papatoetoe)

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.  

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...

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.