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New Zealand Paralympian #4
1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988

Graham Condon was one of the founding members of ParaFed Canterbury and the only New Zealander to compete in six consecutive Paralympic Games. Graham was a multiple gold medallist in discus, before shifting his focus to the track where he won medals in the marathon and wheelchair slalom.

Sadly, Graham died in a road accident in 2007. ParaFed Canterbury continues to honour his legacy through the Graham Condon Scholarship which is awarded every year. Four members of this year’s New Zealand Paralympic Team have been previous recipients of this award.

New Zealand Paralympian #17
1972, 1980, 1988, 2000

Archer Neroli Fairhall is the only New Zealander to have competed in both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games.

Her Paralympic Games career spanned 28 years, with her first Games appearance in Heidelberg 1972 and her last in Sydney 2000. She won the archery gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Arnhem 1980 and was the first paraplegic to compete in an Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984.

Neroli passed away in 2006, aged 61.

New Zealand Paralympian #49
1984, 1988

Maybe best known as the coach of 10-time Paralympic medallist Sophie Pascoe, Roly Crichton, however, is a Paralympic swimmer in his own right. His achievements as a swimmer include six Paralympic medals across two Paralympic Games; Stoke Mandeville 1984 and Seoul 1988.

Roly will be part of the New Zealand coaching team for a third consecutive Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

New Zealand Paralympian #54
1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004

Colin Willis was a New Zealand representative in target shooting for 23 years, from 1982 through to 2004. He competed in five Paralympic Games, second only to the record held by the late Graham Condon who competed in six.

Colin placed 7th at both the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games in the 10 metre air rifle. He was a silver medallist at the IPC Shooting World Championships in 2002.

Following his retirement from target shooting, Colin was involved in running the ParaFed Canterbury Shooting Club for a number of years.

New Zealand Paralympian #99
1996, 2000

Blenheim-raised Ben Lucas began competing in wheelchair racing at the age of 24. With a fiercely competitive nature, he quickly progressed, winning a bronze medal in the marathon at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

He represented New Zealand at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and was given the honour as flag bearer and captain of the New Zealand team on both occasions.

Ben will carry out the role of Chef de Mission of the New Zealand team at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

New Zealand Paralympian #124

Known to many as a mountaineer, researcher, winemaker and motivational speaker, Mark Inglis is also New Zealand Paralympian #124. Mark competed at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games in cycling, winning silver in the 1km time trial.

Following a short cycling career, Mark has continued on to many amazing accomplishments, including being the first double leg amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest.


While Canterbury has a well-known history of success at the Summer Paralympic Games, our Winter Paralympians have also been very successful through the years.

At the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Paralympic Games, Canterbury alpine skiers Rachael Battersby and Steven Bayley, won a total of six medals between them. Rachael won gold in three events, while Steven won gold and two bronze.

Four years earlier, both athletes competed at the Nagano 1998 Winter Paralympic Games, with Steven winning a bronze medal.

New Zealand Paralympian #130
2000, 2004

You may know him best as the ParaFed Canterbury Sports Manager, but Hadleigh Pierson is also a two time Paralympian. Hadleigh represented New Zealand at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games in swimming.

Hadleigh was a finalist in the 400m freestyle at both of his Paralympic Games appearances. He briefly held the world record in the non-Paralympic event of the 800m freestyle.

For the past 16 years, Hadleigh has worked for both ParaFed Canterbury and Paralympics New Zealand supporting future Paralympians.

New Zealand Paralympian #135
2000, 2004, 2008

Sprinter Matthew Slade was a household name in Canterbury Athletics during the early 2000’s. He represented New Zealand at three Paralympic Games; Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

In Sydney, Matt won silver in the 200 metres and bronze in the 100 metres. Four years later in Athens, he achieved his ultimate goal and won gold in the final of the 200 metres.

Matt is now living in Auckland and works as the Accounts Manager for the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand.


Between 1996 – 2004, the Wheel Blacks were a dominant force in wheelchair rugby at the Paralympic Games. Following bronze medals in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, the team went all the way in Athens 2004 defeating Canada in the final to win gold.

While there is a long list of Canterbury players who have played for the Wheel Blacks, the Athens 2004 team featured six Canterbury players in the squad of nine – Stephen Guthrie, Curtis Palmer, Geremy Tinker, Tim Johnson, Bill Oughton and Dan Buckingham.

Hawkes Bay’s Sholto Taylor, also a member of the 2004 Wheel Blacks, would join the Canterbury team a few years later.

New Zealand Paralympian #149
2004, 2008

Jeremy Morriss made his Paralympic Games debut in Athens 2004. He was a member of the team that won New Zealand’s first, and currently only, Paralympic medal in Boccia when they won silver in the teams event.

Two years later, at the 2006 Boccia World Championships, Jeremy was part of the team that won gold and became world champions. He would also compete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Jeremy is still actively involved in domestic boccia competitions and currently coaches the ParaFed Canterbury Boccia team.

New Zealand Paralympian #102
1996, 2000, 2016

Andrew May, from Diamond Harbour, has been sailing for longer than he can remember. He has competed in two Paralympic Games to date: Atlanta 1996 in the sonar and then Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games in the single-handed 2.4mR.

Currently training in Auckland, Andrew is part of the 3-person keelboat (sonar) with crew mates Rick Dodson and Chris Sharp.

Andrew will compete in his third Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

New Zealand Paralympian #166
2008, 2012, 2016

Sophie Pascoe is a 10-time Paralympic medallist in swimming and considered by many as New Zealand’s greatest ever Paralympian.

At the age of 15yrs, Sophie made her Paralympic Games debut in Beijing 2008 winning three golds and a silver medal. Four years later she won three gold and three silver medals in London 2012.

The world recorder holder will compete at her third Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and is looking to add to her medal tally.

New Zealand Paralympian #183
2012, 2016

Holly Robinson began her athletics career in the west coast town of Hokitika, but now trains full-time in Dunedin. She competed at her first Paralympic Games in London 2012, finishing in 7th position in the javelin.

Holly won silver and bronze at the 2013 and 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships respectively and is currently ranked #1 in the world in the women’s javelin F46.

Holly is a three time winner of the ParaFed Canterbury Junior Sportsperson Award (2009, 2010, 2011) and also a previous recipient of the prestigious Graham Condon Scholarship.

Holly will compete at her second Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and has been announced as the New Zealand Flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony.

During the countdown to the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, ParaFed Canterbury profiled some of our Canterbury Paralympians from the past.

We felt this was a great way to recognise some of our past athletes (unfortunately we couldn't include them all).
# Represents their NZ Paralympian number.