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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

ParaFed Canterbury Awards Function - Flyer

ParaFed Art Entries Open - Close 5th November - Entry Form

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

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Canterbury Anthea Dixon

Paralympian Anthea Dixon starts the New Zealand charge at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on Tuesday afternoon (France time) in France.  

It is the first time New Zealand has had a para-dressage competitor at WEG. This year the discipline has attracted record numbers, with around 100 riders from 33 nations vying for medals across the grades.

Dixon says Doncartier has most definitely “brought his A game” to WEG and she knows to achieve personal bests, it will come down to the finer details.

“I will be paying attention to all the little details,” she said. “He feels a million bucks, and that's the most important thing.”

While the competition is rich, with the gold and bronze medallists from the London Olympics both at WEG, Dixon says she just worries about riding the best she can. Her main competition will come from the British and Dutch camps.

Doncartier's owner Robson says the moment she saw her 18-year-old horse and Dixon together she knew she had made the right decision.

The chestnut – who has more stamps in his passport than most people – has competed successfully at international level for her, but she felt it was getting too much for him.

“That said, he wasn't ready to retire, so it is perfect,” said Robson.

“He loves going to shows, being the centre of attention and feeling like he is number one.”

Robson, who trains Dixon and Doncartier, is hopeful the combination will crack 70% - it is a mark they have already achieved from individual international judges in their build-up to WEG.

“Both of them are more than capable of a medal if everything goes right on the day.”

Dixon will use Tuesday's team test as a warm-up, with the individual championship on Thursday. The top seven from that will be taken through to the musical freestyle on Friday.

Para-dressage chef d'equipe Warrick Allan is confident she will make that cut.

“Anthea took what she learnt at the London Paralympics and has progressed to a whole new level,” he says. “I believe she is more than capable of a personal best here at WEG.”

WEG is also the first Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualifier for the discipline.

© Equestrian Sport New Zealand

New Zealand Short Course Swimming results

The New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships were held in Wellington on 2nd to 6th September. There were some top results from New Zealand's own stars Mary Fisher and Nikita Howarth who both continued to blitz current world records. Representing Canterbury we had Jacquie Ruth and George Adam who both competed and received some great results so well done to them both.

Jacquie  Ruth: 100m Breaststroke SB6   2nd - 2:24.29 (Age Group Record)

                   400m Freestyle S6         3rd - 8:05.11

                   100m IM SM6                4th - 2:11.93

                   100m Freestyle S6         4th - 1:55.27

                   200m IM SM6                3rd - 4:23.95 (Open NZ Record)

                   50m Backstroke S6         4th - 1:00.94

                   50m Freestyle S6           7th - 53.36

George Adam:  50m Freestyle S14         4th - 32.93

                    200m Freestyle S14       2nd - 2:58.77

                    100m Freestyle S14       3rd - 1:13.25

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Burwood Recreational Pool is REOPENING on Wednesday 17th September

We are please to announce that finally the Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool will reopen to ParaFed Canterbury members from Wednesday the 17th September 2014.

From this date and until the pool closes over the Christmas period our pool sessions days and times will be:

Wednesdays: 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Sundays:         1.00pm - 2.30pm

All users must be current members of ParaFed Canterbury and there will be a $2 per session cost to be paid to our supervisor each time you use the pool.

These sessions are not for lane swimming.

To join ParaFed Canterbury please visit our office at 108 Sawyers Arms Road in Papanui – Melrose Wheelchairs or Look on Home page for membership form.

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ParaFed Otago New Sport Development Officer is Kieran Wall

ParaFed Otago appointed Kieran Wall as their new Sports Development Officer on the 1st September 2014. Kieran will be responsible for all ParaFed Otago’s Sport Development within the Region and is located at the Sport Otago offices.

The position was made possible through the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation “No Exceptions” funding and is a first for the region.

The position will be assisted by ParaFed Canterbury for the first 12 months and all parties are excited about the opportunities the new position will give the disability sport sector.

Kieran’s details are:

Email: kwall@parafedotago.co.nz

Cell: 022 043 3768

Office: 03 474 6347

Golden glow for Para-Swimming at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is thrilled with the performance of Sophie Pascoe and Nikita Howarth, the two New Zealand Para-Swimmers that have competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this week.

Pascoe along with Games room-mate Lauren Boyle, enjoyed a golden double act with gold medals this morning on the final night of swimming at the Tollcross International Aquatic Centre.

This topped off a great Games for Sophie as she easily won her second gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley SM10. Her time of 2:27.74 was over four seconds ahead of silver medallist Australian Katherine Downie.

“I have had a limited build-up and have had some personal health issues to deal with along the way, so I’ve not been at my best this week,” Pascoe said.

“So I was really pleased and surprised to be only two seconds off my world record tonight. It was a good swim and I wanted to go out on a good note.”

PNZ Head Swim Performance Coach Jon Shaw says, “Tonight Sophie dug deep and showed what a remarkable athlete she is. Her, and coach Roly Crichton's goal was to win two gold medals for her Nation at the Commonwealth Games...mission accomplished. What a remarkable achievement.” He continues, “Sophie now moves onto the next competition in Pasadena, California where she will join the rest of the NZ Para-Swim team to compete in the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships from 6 – 10 August. I have no doubt Sophie will swim to her usual high standards and have a positive impact on the team”

15 year old Nikita Howarth placed 5th in the 100m Freestyle S8 and 7th in the 100m Breaststroke SB9.

Jon Shaw said, "Nikita put in a great effort on the World stage. She has been working hard on some technique changes that will carry her forward into other international competitions this year and also towards 2016. She is gaining great experience as part of the NZ Commonwealth Games Swim Team."

Nikita will also join the NZ Para-Swimming team in Pasadena for her next competition.

NZ Para-Swimmers results:

Nikita Howarth S8 100m Freestyle -  5th

Sophie Pascoe SB9 100m Breaststroke -  Gold

Nikita Howarth SB9 100m Breaststroke - 7th

Sophie Pascoe SM10 200m Individual Medley - Gold

©Paralympics New Zealand

17th July 2014

Wheelchair Basketball NZ Inc North Island Championships

The Canterbury Wheelchair Basketball team competed in Wellington at the National Championships on 5 -6 July. The Canterbury team had some tough competition first up with Otago, Taranaki and Wellington, but the team won all of these games. Next up was Auckland to play, which they lost 55 to 40 in the round robin, so they did play them again in the final. The final was a tough game and unfortunately the Canterbury team went down to Auckland, but well done to the Canterbury team for great competition.  

Wheelchair Rugby Nationals

The Wheelchair Rugby Nationals were held in Auckland on 11 to 13 July with teams from Australia also coming over to compete. On the Friday evening there was a outstanding performance by the Wheel Blacks to beat the Australia team by 58 to 55. Congratulations to Wheel Blacks and here are the results from Tournament:

1)Australia Gold
2)Australia Green
3)Auckland Blue-NZ Champions
4)Auckland White

Best in Class went to,
0.5 Naz
1.0 Jai Waite
1.5 Richard Voris
2.0 Sholto
2.5 Maiz Amai
3.0 Dan Buckingham
3.5 Chris Bond

MVP- Cameron Leslie
MIP- Jayden
Tournament Rookie-Hayden Barton Cootes

2014 IPC Shooting World Championships

Good luck to Canterbury Grant Philip competing at Suhi IPC Shooting World Champs on 19th July. Currently the NZ Para-Shooting Team have had a great first day training at a local training range followed by a great tour of the town of Suhl from Local Organising Committee Volunteer Wolfgang. The team are settling in well and looking forward to some more training days ahead of the Competition.The NZ team will compete in:  Michael Johnson (R9, R4, R5), Grant Philip (R4 & R5), Greg Reid (R3 & R6). Results can be found by clicking here.

2014 Sports Person of the Year
Anthea Dixon

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