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Published 7-Dec-2018
CHRISTMAS & POOL DATES


ParaFed Canterbury Office

The ParaFed Canterbury Office will be closed from lunch time on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on Monday 14 January 2019.


Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool

The last Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool session will be Wednesday 19 December 2018 and will restart on Sunday 10 February 2019.

Published 3-Dec-2018
2018 PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS

ParaFed Canterbury celebrated another successful year at their 2018 Awards Function held at the Show Gate Function Centre at Riccarton Racecourse on Saturday 1 December 2018.


Scott Martlew was named the 2018 ParaFed Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year for the very first time after his silver medal performance at the Para Canoe World Championships in August.


Ang James was awarded ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership after 17 years as an employee and joins only 13 other Cantabrians to be awarded this honour.


Over 110 guests were treated to a fantastic evening, including some onscreen highlights from the year and the world famous table quiz.


For the second year the event was sponsored by McDonald’s Canterbury, a family owned business who are a fantastic supporter of the Canterbury Community. An additional nine local businesses supported individual sports awards throughout the evening.

Full list of award winners:


Sportsperson of the Year - Scott Martlew

Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Celyn Edwards

Graham Condon Scholarship Recipient - Ella Benn

Emerging Talent of the Year - Alisha Mill

Spirit in Sport Award - Ellie Truscott

Club Swimmer of the Year - Ella Benn

Boccia Club Player of the Year - Lilian Exton

Shooting Club Ultimate Shot Award - Darryl Korstanje

Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby MVP - Sholto Taylor

Phil Humphreys Most Valued Volunteer Award - Matt Mill

ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership - Ang James


Published 3-Dec-2018
2019 ACADEMY PROGRAMME
The 2019 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme recipients have just been announced. Congratulations to the 15 Para athletes and 2 coaches who have been named in the programme for next year.


Academy Level 1

Celyn Edwards - Para swimming

Scott Martlew - Para canoe

William Stedman - Para athletics


Academy Level 2

Ella Benn - Para swimming

Thomas Chin - Boccia

Ieuan Edwards - Para swimming

Lilian Exton - Boccia

Alisha Mill - Boccia

Jono Nelson - Para cycling


Junior Academy

Montana Brown - Para athletics

Ben Gould - Para swimming

Sarah James - Para athletics

Lili-Fox Mason - Para swimming

Jasper Moss - Para athletics

Gaby Smith - Para swimming


Coach Scholarships

Felicity Lowen - Para swimming

Paul Odlin - Para cycling

+ one more to be announced in 2019


Published 18-Oct-2018
TICKETS ON SALE - PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS
The ParaFed Canterbury Awards Function will take place on Saturday 1st December 2018 at the Riccarton Park Raceway (The Show Gate).

Our Awards Function is proudly supported by McDonald's Canterbury and is an opportunity to celebrate our members achievements from 2018. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by online banking before 16th November 2018.


Published 17-Oct-2018
2018 BOCCIA NATIONALS
The ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club who won an outstanding 11 medals (4 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze) and 2 trophies at the Boccia New Zealand National Championships in Wellington.

All nine members of the team finished on the podium in at least one event. Alisha Mill was named the Most Improved Player and Matt Mill was named the Most Valued Volunteer.


Published 10-Oct-2018
SUCCESS FOR JUNIOR TEAM
The ParaFed Canterbury Junior Team competed at the Halberg Games in Auckland on the weekend of the 5th – 7th October 2018. The team of 24 athletes performed outstandingly across a range of sports including athletics, boccia and swimming. They won an incredible eight games trophies & awards, including the overall Best Regional Team.

ParaFed Canterbury - Best Regional Team
Montana Brown - Most Promising Athlete

Lilian Exton - Boccia A Class Winner
Ieuan Edwards - Swimming Best Male

Lili-Fox Mason - Swimming Best Female
Lili-Fox Mason - Swimming Best Junior Female

Charlotte Murphy - Spirit of the Games Female

Una Kinajil-Reding & Amber Proudfoot - Athletics Best Junior Females



Published 14-Sep-2018
OPEN - 2019 ACADEMY APPLICATIONS
Applications are now open for the 2019 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme.

The goal of our Academy Programme is to support ParaFed Canterbury athletes and coaches on their pathway to high performance programmes, and ultimately representing New Zealand at World Championships and Paralympic Games.


Those selected in the programme will receive a funding grant, have the opportunity to attend academy seminars (ie: drug free sport, nutrition, media training), and have their achievements promoted through the year.


Applications must be received by Thursday 18th October 2018.

Application Form - Athletes
Application Form - Coaches


Published 25-Aug-2018
MARTLEW WINS SILVER AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Para canoe athlete, Scott Martlew, has won silver in the KL2 200m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Portugal.


The Christchurch-based paddler, who had been second fastest heat qualifier, made a blistering start to establish a clear lead from the reigning world and Paralympic champion and pre-event favourite Curtis McGrath of Australia.

Martlew flashed through halfway with a third of a boat advantage only for McGrath to unleash a scintillating final 70m to accelerate clear of the Kiwi and grab his seventh world title in a time of 41.735 – just 0.635 clear of the 25-year-old. Mykola Syniuk of Ukraine was some way back in bronze (43.230).


Published 23-Aug-2018
EXTON WINS CANTERBURY BOCCIA SECONDARY SCHOOL TITLE
A total of 22 students who competed at the 2018 Canterbury Secondary School Boccia Championships. There were some fantastic results from our ParaFed Canterbury boccia players, who took out the top three placings in the throws competition. Lilian Exton won her first Canterbury Secondary School title, defeating Thomas Chin in the final.

1st - Lilian Exton (Avonside Girls' High School)
2nd - Thomas Chin (Riccarton High School)
3rd - Montana Brown (Cashmere High School)

Published 22-Aug-2018
PARAFED CANTERBURY ATHLETES COMPETE IN AUSTRALIA
It has been a very busy and successful month for ParaFed Canterbury. One of the highlights has been having six of our members compete at different Para sports events in Australia.


At the start of the month Sophie Pascoe, Hamish McLean Swimmer and Celyn Edwards - Athlete competed at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns. Sophie won 3 golds and 2 silver medals, Hamish won 2 golds and 2 silver medals and Celyn won silver (as part of the NZ relay team).


Cody Everson and Mike Todd were part of the Wheel Blacks team that competed at the IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney. The team finished in 11th position.


And last weekend Handcyclist Jono Nelson competed in Round 3 of the Australia Para Cycling Series in Humevale (just out of Melbourne) where he won the men's Time Trial handcycling section.

Published 13-Aug-2018
CHARLOTTE PAWSON NAMED WESTFIELD LOCAL HERO
Thank you to everyone who voted for our very own Charlotte Pawson in the Westfield Riccarton Local Heroes Competition. Charlotte has been selected as a winner along with 2 other very deserving recipients.

Published 30-Jul-2018
EXITING TEAM SELECTED FOR HALBERG GAMES
ParaFed Canterbury is pleased to announce the Canterbury team selected for the Halberg Games to be held in Auckland on the 5th – 7th October 2018.

The ParaFed Canterbury Junior Team is:


Para athletes: Montana Brown, Thomas Chin, Hamish Cleary, Alistair Coles, Jyvhen Duell, Lilian Exton, Ieuan Edwards, Ben Gould, Sarah James, Grace Johnstone, Una Kinajil-Reding, Zack Lappin, Samuel Manson, Lili-Fox Mason, Andrew MacKenzie, Dominic McLauchlan, Alisha Mill, Jasper Moss, Charlotte Murphy, Rorie Poff, Amber Proudfoot, Joshua Rae, Gaby Smith, Nico Wildbore.


Staff: Charlotte Pawson, Hadleigh Pierson, Kayne Tukapua, Felicity Lowen

Published 19-Jun-2018
NZ WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS
The two Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby teams finished 3rd and 5th in the NZ Wheelchair Rugby Championships after the final round that was held in Palmerston North. It was awesome to see players from ParaFed Otago involved in the Canterbury teams this year.


Congratulations to Auckland who defeated Waikato in the final to win the WRC Martin Shield.


Published 13-Jun-2018
ALL THE BEST TO ANG JAMES
After 17 fantastic years as an employee, Ang James is sadly leaving ParaFed Canterbury for a new role as Office Administrator at VIP Frames and Trusses.

Ang started working for ParaFed Canterbury in 2001, after being recruited from a fundraising and marketing company. Her first role was as Operations Assistant, before moving into her current role as Office Manager.

Thank you Ang for everything you have done for ParaFed Canterbury. You will be missed, but will always remain part of the ParaFed Canterbury family.


Published 01-Jun-2018
BOCCIA AUSTRALIA NATIONAL TITLES
ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Players, Thomas Chin, Andrew Hocken and Matt Whiting, were part of the Boccia New Zealand Squad that competed at the Boccia Australia National Titles.

Matt Whiting won silver in the BC1/2 teams event, while Thomas Chin won bronze in the BC4/5 individual competition.

Published 20-May-2018
ICF PARA CANOE WORLD CUP
Congratulations to Scott Martlew who won silver in the KL2 Men's 200m (kayak) at the ICF Para Canoe World Cup in Hungary. His time of 41.501 was only 0.16 seconds behind Australia's Curtis McGrath who won gold.


Scott Martlew then went on to finish 4th in the VL3 Men's 200m (va’a / outrigger) final. Scott will now begin preparations for the Para Canoe World Championships later this year.

Published 20-May-2018
MEMBERS RECOGNISED WITH AWARDS
A number of our members have had their achievements recognised at recent Sports Awards.

At the Athletics Canterbury Awards Dinner, William Stedman received The O’Grady Trophy for being the most outstanding track & field athlete still attending school. William was also named the Athletics Canterbury Para Athlete of the Year.

At the same Awards Dinner, Ruth Liong received the Athletics Canterbury Official of the Year Award. Ruth is an international Para athletics official.

At the South Canterbury Sports Awards, Handcyclist Jono Nelson was named the South Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for his outstanding achievements over the past 12 months.

Published 15-May-2018
NZ WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS - ROUND 1
Round 1 of the NZ Wheelchair Rugby Championships was held in Christchurch on the 12 - 13 May 2018. An exciting addition to this year's tournament was the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) team who are preparing for the Invictus Games later this year.


A total of eight teams competed: Canterbury Red, Canterbury Black, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, Waikato, Wellington and NZDF.

Published 16-Apr-2018
BOCCIA CLUB TOURNAMENT
The ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club held their end of term Boccia Tournament held at the Bishopdale YMCA on the 14th April.


Congratulations to all the players and thank you to all the supporters for helping out on the day.


The top 3 placing's were:


1st - Thomas Chin

2nd - Jeremy Morriss

3rd - Lilian Exton

Published 16-Apr-2018
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting was held at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs on Thursday 5th April 2018.


The meeting was presented the Annual Report as well as the Audited Accounts for 2017.


The board for the next 12 months was confirmed as:


Annette Melrose

Justin Muschamp

Grant Philip

Sian Ruth

James Sheehan

Zara Taylor

Ken Sowden (Staff Member)

Published 13-Apr-2018
GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Congratulations to three of our past Graham Condon Scholarship recipients who competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.


Sophie Pascoe was our first recipient in 2008, Holly Robinson received the scholarship in 2011, and Celyn Edwards is our current recipient for 2018.


Between them they won two golds and 1 silver medals, and a 4th and 6th placing.

Published 20-Feb-2018
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on Thursday 5th April 2018 at 5:30pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.


Board Nomination & Motion Form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Tuesday the 13th March 2018.


Our Audited Accounts will also be available to be viewed from the 22nd March 2018 at the ParaFed Canterbury office or we can email you a copy upon request.


Notice of AGM

2018 Nomination & Motion Forms

Published 5-Feb-2018
2018 PARAFED SPORTS STARTING DATES
Our ParaFed Sports will restart on the following dates.

Swimming | Thu 8 Feb - Aquagym
Weekly training sessions for our young development swimmers. An assessment on swimming ability is required before attending.

Boccia | Sat 10 Feb - Burwood Hospital
Weekly training sessions for our boccia club members. Our Boccia Club Open Day will be held a few weeks later, on Saturday 24 February at the Bishopdale YMCA. New players welcome.

Shooting | Tue 13 Feb - Marshland Hall
Weekly training sessions for our shooting club members. Equipment provided for new members.

Table Tennis | Tue 13 Feb - Table Tennis Canterbury

Weekly training sessions run in conjunction with the Table Tennis Canterbury development programme. All abilities welcome.

Cycling | Sat 24 Feb - Hagley Park Netball Courts
Regular training sessions for our cyclists. The first session will also be a Open Day for any new cyclists.

Wheelchair Rugby | Tue 6 Mar - Mairehau High
Training sessions with the Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby team, held on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

For more information and to sign up for any of the ParaFed Sports Programmes email hpierson@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Published 1-Feb-2018
BURWOOD HOSPITAL HYDROTHERAPY POOL
Our Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool sessions will restart on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The session times are as follows:
Wednesday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Sunday 1:00 - 2:30pm

You must be a current 2018 ParaFed Canterbury member to use the pool and the cost of $2 per swimmer per session applies.

Contact Ang at the office for more information 3854449.

Published 31-Jan-2018
2018 SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE
Your 2018 subscription are now due. Only $40 for the year.

ParaFed Canterbury subscriptions run from January through to December each year. If you are a user of any of ParaFed Canterbury’s facilities or services, or involved in any of our sports or activities, then please ensure you renew your membership.


Click here to download the subscription form.

Published 22-Dec-2017
COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAM NAMED
Canterbury Para swimmers Sophie Pascoe and Celyn Edwards have been named in the New Zealand swimming team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Pascoe and Edwards will be joined by past ParaFed Canterbury member Holly Robinson who was named in the New Zealand athletics team earlier in the month.


Published 18-Dec-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY RECEIVES CIVIC AWARD
To top off what has been an amazing 50th year, last week ParaFed Canterbury was presented with a Civic Award from the Christchurch City Council for the work providing sporting opportunities to Cantabrians with physical disabilities.


ParaFed Canterbury was one of 12 groups and individuals to receive 2017 Civic Awards. These were presented last Wednesday night by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Published 13-Dec-2017
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS HOURS

ParaFed Canterbury Office
The ParaFed Canterbury Office will be closed from lunch time on Thursday 21 December 2017 and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018.

Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool
The last Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool session will be Wednesday 20 December 2017 and will restart on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Published 27-Nov-2017
2018 ACADEMY PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
The 2018 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme recipients have just been announced. Congratulations to the 12 Para athletes and 3 coaches who have been named in the programme for next year.

Academy Level 1
Celyn Edwards - Para swimming
Scott Martlew - Para canoe
William Stedman - Para athletics

Academy Level 2
Ella Benn - Para swimming
Thomas Chin - Boccia
Ieuan Edwards - Para swimming
Lilian Exton - Boccia
Jeremy Morriss - Boccia
Jono Nelson - Para cycling

Junior Academy
Alisha Mill - Boccia
Sarah James - Para athletics
Lili-Fox Mason - Para swimming

PNZ Cyril Smith Coach Scholarships
Felicity Lowen - Para swimming

Paul Odlin - Para cycling
Rhys Pride-Wall - Para swimming

Published 27-Nov-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
The ParaFed Canterbury 50th Anniversary & Sports Awards Function was held last Saturday evening. Congratulations to the following award winners.


Sportsperson of the Year - Sophie Pascoe
Junior Sportsperson of the Year - William Stedman
Emerging Talent of the Year - Lilian Exton
Spirit in Sport Award - Hamish Cleary

Club Swimmer of the Year - Ieuan Edwards

Boccia Player of the Year - Jeremy Morriss

Shooting Club Ultimate Shot Award - Grant Philip

Wheelchair Rugby Most Valuable Player - Sholto Taylor

Graham Condon Scholarship Recipient - Celyn Edwards
Phil Humphreys Most Valued Volunteer - Alex McIntyre
ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership - Sophie Pascoe

Published 26-Nov-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
ParaFed Canterbury celebrated their 50 year anniversary and 2017 Sports Awards with a spectacular function at the Show Gate Function Centre at Riccarton Racecourse on Saturday 25 November 2017.

Sophie Pascoe, New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian, was named the 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year for a record 10th time. Earlier in the evening, Pascoe was also awarded ParaFed Canterbury Life Membership and joins only 12 other Cantabrians to be awarded this honour.

Over 150 guests were treated to various displays and on screen “moments in time” that celebrated the key years and people that have been part of ParaFed Canterbury’s history.

The event was sponsored by McDonald’s Canterbury, a family owned business who are a fantastic supporter of the Canterbury Community. An additional nine local businesses supported individual sports awards throughout the evening.

ParaFed Canterbury has always had a high profile in the region and a proud history of providing athletes to New Zealand Paralympic Teams. The ParaFed Canterbury alumnus is a who’s who of Paralympic sport, including Pascoe, double amputee mountaineer Mark Inglis, and the late Graham Condon and Neroli Fairhall.

Published 25-Nov-2017
50TH STORIES SOPHIE THROUGH THE YEARS
There are few more iconic names in New Zealand sport than Sophie Pascoe. ParaFed Canterbury is so proud to call her one of their own.

Since her Paralympic Games debut in Beijing 2008, Sophie has become the benchmark for all athletes to aspire to. Her success and attitude has raised the profile of Paralympic sport and inspired a new generation of Paralympians.

Read more ...

Published 14-Nov-2017
2017 PARAFED CANTERBURY INCREDIBLE AWARDS
On Saturday 11 November 2017 ParaFed Canterbury hosted the inaugural Incredible Awards to celebrate the achievements of the ParaFed Canterbury Juniors at this years Halberg Junior Disability Games.

Congratulations to our award winners:

Pawson Cup Rookie Award - Sarah James

Tukapua Cup Sportsmanship Award - Sam Manson

Pierson Cup Leadership Award - Thomas Chin

Incredible Award - Ella Benn

Published 25-Oct-2017
50TH STORIES PARALYMPICS THROUGH THE YEARS
Sport has always been the driving force of ParaFed Canterbury. The pinnacle for any athlete is the Paralympic Games. Through the years, ParaFed Canterbury has been one of the largest contributors of athletes, coaches, and support staff to the New Zealand Paralympic Games teams.

The dedication and commitment from members to excel on the world stage has created not only role models for those starting their sporting journey, but a legacy of representation and achievement. ParaFed Canterbury has reached these heights across all aspects of sport, from athletes and coaches to support staff and officials.

Read more ...

Published on 26-Sep-2017
TICKETS ON SALE NOW - 50TH & SPORTS AWARDS FUNCTION
Tickets are now on sale for the ParaFed Canterbury 50th Anniversary & Sport Awards Function to be held on Saturday 25 November 2017.

For more information and to purchase tickets contact Ang James on ajames@parafedcanterbury.co.nz or (03) 385 4449.


More information ...

Published 25-Sep-2017
50TH STORIES MAJOR EVENTS THROUGH THE YEARS
The Canterbury region has a proud tradition of hosting major sporting events. Christchurch has hosted more International Para sports events than any other city in New Zealand.

The Christchurch City Council, Paralympics New Zealand and International Sports Federations, with the assistance and expertise of ParaFed Canterbury, have been honoured to bring the following international competitions to our region.

Read more ...

Published on 15-Sep-2017
APPLICATIONS OPEN - 2018 ACADEMY PROGRAMME
Applications are now open for the 2018 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme.

Those selected in the Academy Programme will receive a funding grant, attend academy seminars (ie: drug free sport, nutrition, sponsorship), receive assistance with individual sports plans and have their achievements promoted throughout the year.

Applications must be received by ParaFed Canterbury by Friday 18th October 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Academy Programme, Coach Scholarships and Graham Condon Scholarship recipients will be announced at the ParaFed Canterbury Awards Evening on Saturday 25th November.

For more information and applications
click here.

Published 25-Aug-2017
50TH STORIES JUNIORS THROUGH THE YEARS
One of ParaFed Canterbury’s many strengths is their commitment for a platform and pathway for young people to achieve their goals.

In 1994, the Halberg Trust (now known as the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation) initiated an after-schools sports programme for young children with disabilities throughout the country. When the Halberg Trust ended the programme a few years later, ParaFed Canterbury took over the operation at a local level and rebranded it to the Junior Sports Club.

Read more ...

Published 25-Jul-2017
50TH STORIES VOLUNTEERS THROUGH THE YEARS
Volunteers have been the backbone of ParaFed Canterbury for the past 50 years. Incredibly dedicated people have given their time to enable thousands of members to participate in sports and recreation programmes.

Over the years, volunteers have contributed across a range of different areas. The early volunteers set up and ran the committee. As ParaFed Canterbury started to grow, volunteers supported activities such as the after-schools programmes and youth camps.


Read more ...

Published 25-Jun-2017
50TH STORIES GRAHAM THROUGH THE YEARS
No history of ParaFed Canterbury would be complete without highlighting the life of Graham Condon who was for many years the face of ParaFed Canterbury.

Born in 1949, Graham contracted polio as a child, but he never let this affect his passion and drive. Graham was a six-time New Zealand Paralympian, multiple Paralympic medallist and world record holder. He was a founding member of ParaFed Canterbury and worked for over a decade for both ParaFed Canterbury and ParaFed New Zealand (known today as Paralympics New Zealand).

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Published 25-May-2017
50TH STORIES LOCATIONS THROUGH THE YEARS
From a group of volunteers holding monthly meetings in their living rooms, ParaFed Canterbury has grown into an organisation with four staff and offering a range of programmes around the region.

In the early years, the committee shared their meetings between members’ living rooms and venues such as the Disabled Persons Centre on Worcester Street. In 1989, ParaFed Canterbury moved to the Marshland Community Hall, which coincided with the appointment of their first paid staff member. The Community Hall included offices and a small weights gym where members could train.

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Published 25-Apr-2017
50TH STORIES NATIONALS THROUGH THE YEARS
The National Games were the major focus for ParaFed Associations from the late 1960’s through until the final event in 2011. The first event was held in Auckland in 1968 and was attended by 29 competitors. Numbers grew each year and during the mid 1990’s, when the event was in its prime, was attended by over 200 competitors each year.

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Published 31-Mar-2017
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting was held at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs on Thursday 30th March 2017.

The meeting was presented the Annual Report as well as the Audited Accounts for 2016.

The board for the next 12 months was confirmed as:

Annette Melrose
Grant Philip
Sian Ruth (Chairperson)
James Sheehan
Ken Sowden (Staff Member)
Zara Taylor

The board also acknowledged Ben Lucas, who is retiring as a board member after 10 years of services.

Published 25-Mar-2017
50TH STORIES THE EARLY YEARS
The origins of ParaFed Canterbury date back to the mid 1960’s when Fr. Leo Close, an Irish priest and Irish Paralympian, visited Christchurch to talk to a group of local disabled people about the opportunities of rehabilitation through sport.

Inspired by the words of Fr. Leo Close, and following a few local sports days in the region, ParaFed Canterbury (known then as the Canterbury Paraplegic & Physically Disabled Association) was formed in 1967.

Read more ...

Published 23-Feb-2017
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The ParaFed Canterbury Annual General Meeting with take place on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 5:30pm. This will be held at the ParaFed Canterbury Offices in the Melrose Wheelchairs Building, 108 Sawyers Arms Road.

Board Nomination & Motion Form must be in the ParaFed Canterbury Office by 4.30pm on Tuesday the 21st March 2017.

Our Audited Accounts will also be available to be viewed from the 22nd March 2017 at the ParaFed Canterbury office or we can email you a copy.

Notice of AGM
2017 Nomination & Motion Forms

Published 13-Feb-2017
RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TODAY
ParaFed Canterbury subscriptions run from January through to December each year. If you are a user of any of ParaFed Canterbury’s facilities or services, or involved in any of our sports or activities, then please ensure you renew your membership.

We invite members to renew their subscriptions for 2017. Subscription is only $40 for the year.

Click here to download the subscription form.

Published 12-Feb-2017
PARAFED CANTERBURY TURNS 50
ParaFed Canterbury was established in 1967 and this year we are excited to be celebrating our 50th Anniversary.

We will celebrate in full on Saturday 25th November 2017 at our 50th Anniversary & Awards Function, however over the coming months we look forward to sharing with you some of our key memories from over the years.

To mark our 50th year we will be using this logo, in conjunction with our existing logo, throughout 2017.

Published 08-Feb-2017
JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB KICKS OFF IN STYLE
Our Junior Sports Club kicked off in style for 2017 with jet skiing at Lake Roto Kohatu. Activities are held on a Wednesday afternoon and this term promises to be an action packed 10 weeks.

To register your interest contact Charlotte

Published 05-Dec-2016
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS HOURS

ParaFed Canterbury Office
The ParaFed Canterbury Office will be closed from Wednesday 21st December 2016 and will reopen on Monday 16th January 2017.

Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool
The last Burwood Hydrotherapy Pool session will be Sunday 18th December 2016 and will restart on Wednesday 8th February 2017.

ParaFed Canterbury Gym
The last ParaFed Canterbury Gym session will be Friday 16th December 2016.

Published on 26-Nov-2016
2017 ACADEMY PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
The 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme recipients have just been announced. Congratulations to the 17 athletes and 4 coaches who have been named in the programme for next year.

To view the names of those athletes and coaches selected in the 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme click here.

Published on 25-Nov-2016
PARAFED CANTERBURY AWARDS FUNCTION
The ParaFed Canterbury Awards Function was held on the evening of Friday 25th November 2016. And the winners were:

Sportsperson of the Year - Sophie Pascoe
Junior Sportsperson of the Year - William Stedman
Emerging Talent of the Year - Ella Benn
Spirit in Sport Award - Amber Proudfoot

Boccia Club Player of the Year - Thomas Chin
Club Swimmer of the Year - Celyn Edwards
Shooting Club Ultimate Shot Award - Grant Philip
Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby MVP - Cody Everson

Graham Condon Scholarship - Scott Martlew
Most Valued Volunteer Award - The Chin Family

Published on 06-Oct-2016
CANTERBURY JUNIOR TEAM - EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Represent CANTERBURY, compete, pursue sporting goals & have fun

2017 Halberg Junior Disability Games
6th - 8th October 2017
Kings College, Auckland

Canterbury team training and selections start in March 2017.

See the flyer for more details click here.

Register your interest with Charlotte by the end of October 2016 to receive more information cokeefe@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Published on 27-Sep-2016
APPLICATIONS OPEN - 2017 ACADEMY PROGRAMME
Applications are now open for the 2017 ParaFed Canterbury Academy Programme.

Those selected in the Academy Programme will receive a funding grant, attend academy seminars (ie: drug free sport, nutrition, sponsorship), receive assistance with individual sports plans and have their achievements promoted throughout the year.

Applications must be received by ParaFed Canterbury by 4.00pm Friday 21st October 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Academy Programme, Coach Scholarships and Graham Condon Scholarship recipients will be announced at the ParaFed Canterbury Awards Evening on Friday 25th November 2016.

For more information and applications
click here.

Published on 26-Sep-2016
NZ PARALYMPIC TEAM RETURN
The New Zealand Paralympic team have returned from an extremely successful Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The team won 21 medals (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze), which ranked the team 13th overall on the medal table and the number 1 nation on medals per capita.

Of the 31 athletes in the team, 12 individuals secured medals including the following past and present Canterbury athletes:

Sophie Pascoe - Swimming - 3 Gold, 2 Silver
Liam Malone - Athletics - 2 Gold, 1 Silver
William Stedman - Athletics - 2 Bronze
Holly Robinson - Athletics - 1 Silver
Laura Thompson - Cycling - 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Sophie Pascoe became New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian ever, now with a stunning 15 Paralympic medals (9 gold, 6 silver) from three Paralympic Games. While out of the medals, Scott Martlew (Canoe), Andrew May (Sailing) and Caitlin Dore (Athletics) also did the Canterbury region proud, with some outstanding performances.


Published on 30-Aug-2016
MARTLEW ADDED TO THE NZ PARALYMPIC TEAM
Canterbury Para Canoeist Scott Martlew is one of two athletes who have been added to the New Zealand Paralympic team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The addition of Scott, and Para Cyclist, Fraser Sharp from Tauranga, means that New Zealand will send 31 Para-Athletes and now contest six different Para-Sports in Rio 2016.

The decision was made after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) re-allocated a further two Para Athlete slots to Paralympics New Zealand late last week following the suspension of the Russian team from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Scott will join fellow Christchurch based athletes, Sophie Pascoe and William Stedman, in the team, along with a long list of ParaFed Canterbury alumni athletes who are now training outside of the region, including Andrew May, Holly Robinson, Caitlin Dore and Liam Malone.


Published on 27-Aug-2016
FAIRHALL TO BE INDUCTED TO PARALYMPIC HALL OF FAME
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the late Neroli Fairhall as one of five individuals who will be inducted into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The ever-talented Fairhall will be inducted posthumously. She competed in athletics and archery in her first two Paralympic Games in 1972 and 1980. But it was archery where she excelled the most, taking the gold at Arnhem 1980. Four years later, she became the first athlete with an impairment to compete in the Olympics, finishing 35th at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Published on 16-Aug-2016
HOW TO WATCH THE RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES
There will be coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games between the 8-19 September on TV ONE, DUKE, TVNZ OnDemand and Attitude Live!

Coverage will include:

• Daily highlights on TV ONE

• LIVE and delayed coverage on DUKE

• Online: TVNZ OnDemand & AttitudeLive.com

To watch the trailer visit www.tvnz.co.nz/paralympics2016

Published on 12-Aug-2016
CANTERBURY PARALYMPIANS OF THE PAST
As we countdown to the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, ParaFed Canterbury will profile some of our Canterbury Paralympians of the past. Every two days we will share with you a different story on our Facebook page. We encourage you to like and share these stories with your friends and family.

We will also be updating these profiles to our website. Click here for more profiles

Published on 14-Jul-2016
CHRISTCHURCH HOSTS INAUGURAL PARAFED SPORTS FORUM
ParaFed Canterbury has successfully hosted the first ParaFed Sports Forum in Christchurch, bringing together 14 representatives from various organisations to discuss the delivery of quality sports opportunities to physically disabled people.


The two day Forum was held on the 5– 6 July at the YMCA Bishopdale and attended by eight regional ParaFeds, Paralympics New Zealand and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.


A variety of topics were covered, from how to set up grassroots programmes at a local level to what is happening in high performance at the elite level.


The ParaFed Network would like to acknowledge the support of the Sport New Zealand ‘No Exceptions’ Fund which enabled the Forum to be able to deliver a professional and effective two days for all attendees.


Published on 07-Jul-2016
DORE NAMED IN NEW ZEALAND PARALYMPIC TEAM
Caitlin Dore and Jacob Phillips are the latest two athletes to be selected in the New Zealand Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Both have been added to the Para Athletics Team, which is now at eight athletes, and is part of the larger 29 strong New Zealand Paralympic Team that will compete across five sports.

The full Para Athletics Team is: Caitlin Dore, Anna Grimaldi, Jessica Hamill, Liam Malone, Rory McSweeney, Jacob Phillips, Holly Robinson and William Stedman.


Published on 06-Jun-2016
KEN SOWDEN AWARDED QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOUR
Ken Sowden who has been awarded a Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Paralympic Sport in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ken's contribution to Paralympic Sport has included 21 years working for ParaFed Canterbury, attending the past 5 Paralympic Games with the New Zealand Paralympic Team (in various staff/management roles) and an outstanding contribution to the game of Wheelchair Rugby.

For the full description of Ken's achievements click here

Published on 23-May-2016
STEDMAN NAMED IN NEW ZEALAND PARALYMPIC TEAM
Canterbury's William Stedman has been named in the New Zealand Para Athletics Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Stedman is part of a six-strong team that includes past ParaFed Canterbury members, Holly Robinson and Liam Malone.

The Para Athletics Team is: Liam Malone, Rory McSweeney, William Stedman,
Holly Robinson, Jessica Hamill and Anna Grimaldi.

Published on 13-May-2016
SUCCESS FOR CANTERBURY ATHLETES AT INVICTUS GAMES
ParaFed Canterbury members, Glenn Barnes and Amy Baynes, have both had success representing the New Zealand Defence Force at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.

Glenn won gold in the indoor rowing competition, followed by a silver medal in the wheelchair tennis double (partnering with Dave Sherriff). Amy won two silver medals in the cycling competition, placing second in both the time trial and criterion.

Published on 05-May-2016
PASCOE TO COMPETE IN THIRD PARALYMPIC GAMES
Canterbury's Sophie Pascoe has been named in the New Zealand Para Swimming Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Pascoe, winner of six gold medals and four silver across two Paralympic Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), will compete in her third Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September this year.

The Para Swimming Team is: Jesse Reynolds, Bryall McPherson, Sophie Pascoe,
Rebecca Dubber, Nikita Howarth, Mary Fisher and Cameron Leslie.

Published on 27-Apr-2016
CANTERBURY JUNIORS RETURN FROM A SUCCESSFUL GAMES
The ParaFed Canterbury Junior Team have returned from an extremely successful Halberg Junior Disability Games in Cambridge last weekend. The team of 14 athletes competed across a range of sports including boccia, swimming, athletics and triathlon. The team were awarded the trophy for "Best Team Spirit", along with a number of other awards including Celyn Edwards being named "Best Overall Athlete" of the Games.

To view a full list of trophies won by our Canterbury athletes click here.



Published on 26-Apr-2016
2016 SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE
It’s that time of year when we invite members to renew their annual subscriptions to ParaFed Canterbury. The cost is only $40 for the year and gives you access to a number of our programmes and services. To renew your subscription visit our membership page.



Published on 26-Apr-2016
PARAFED CANTERBURY LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
ParaFed Canterbury is pleased to launch our all new website. We look forward to making this a one-stop-shop for our members and supporters to find out everything you want to know about ParaFed Canterbury. Be sure to check out our new Facebook feature to keep up to date with all our latest news.