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ParaFed Canterbury works with local sports clubs and organisations to offer a range of competitive Para sport opportunities to our members. In most cases members will require a classification before becoming involved in Para sport.

Below is a list of the Para sports available in Canterbury.



Do you have any questions about
Para sport in Canterbury?

Hadleigh Pierson
Sports Manager
022 064 3001
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Boccia
Accuracy and precision are two important aspects of Boccia.
The sport is played on a flat, smooth surface, where players must throw or roll leather balls as close as possible to a white target ball, known as the jack. The player, pair or team with the most balls near the jack is the winner.

The Boccia Club train together on a weekly basis and offer opportunities to compete at both local and national level.


Training
Saturday
10:00am - 1:00pm
Burwood Hospital

Club
ParaFed Canterbury Boccia Club

Coach
Jeremy Morriss

Para shooting
Para shooting features pistol and rifle categories and depending on the athletes disability they are able to shoot from either sitting or standing position. The target is made up of 10 scoring rings with the bull’s eye (the centre ring) worth 10 points in qualification and 10.9 in the finals.

ParaFed Canterbury offers a weekly training session, which includes equipment for new members to try.


Training
Tuesday
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Marshland Community Hall

Club
ParaFed Canterbury Shooting Club

Coach
Grant Philip

Para swimming
Para swimming has only a few adjustments to the standard rules of swimming and includes the four strokes, medleys and relays. Diving or water starts are permitted and those with visual impairments can be assisted by the use of 'tappers' to make them aware of upcoming turns.

ParaFed Canterbury runs a monthly Para swimming squad for selected members who are pursuing a competitive pathway and who are already involved with a local swim club or swim school.


Training
Sunday (monthly)
9:00am - 11:00am
Various Pools

Club
ParaFed Canterbury Swimming Squad

Coach
Kayne Tukapua

Para cycling
Para cycling offers events for tandems, bikes, trikes and handcycles. The sport is for people with visual impairments, cerebral palsy, amputations, spinal cord injuries and other classifiable disabilities.

The competition programme includes sprints, individual pursuits, the 1,000m time trial, road races and road time trials for both individuals and teams.

The Canterbury Para Cycling Squad get together on a fortnightly basis for cycling training and skills.


Training
Tuesday (Fortnightly)
6:00pm - 7:00pm
GoKart Canterbury Halswell

Club
Canterbury Para Cycling Squad

Coach
Paul Odlin

Para table tennis
Para table tennis follows the usual table tennis rules with only slight modifications. This sport is open to people with upper and lower limb paralysis, cerebral palsy, amputees and other physical disabilities like multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.

Table Tennis Canterbury will be running a 6 week Para Table Tennis Training Group on Tuesdays from 6.00 to 7.00pm, commencing on Tuesday 9th May 2017.



Training
Tuesday
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Table Tennis Canterbury Stadium
9 May - 13 Jun 2017

Club
Table Tennis Canterbury

Coach
Grant Wilson

Wheelchair rugby
Wheelchair rugby has the nickname “Murderball” because it can get brutal at times. Wheelchair rugby is played by teams made up of four players who compete on a regular sized indoor basketball court. A goal is scored when a player in possession of the ball crosses the opposition’s goal line. When in control of the ball players must dribble, or pass, the ball every ten seconds, making for a very fast-paced game.


Training
Tuesday 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Thursday 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Mairehau High School

Club
Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby



Para athletics
Para athletics offers a wide range of competitions and events and is open to impairment groups. Whether you want to run, push, jump or throw, this could be the sport for you.

The ParaFed Canterbury athletics group has finished for the summer but will restart again in October 2017, building towards the school and club athletics competitions.


Training
Restarting Summer 2017/18

Wheelchair tennis
In Wheelchair tennis, the ball is allowed to bounce twice before your opponent has to return so long as the first bounce is within the boundaries of the court. Apart from that, the rules are very similar to standard tennis and the game is played on the same size court.

Wheelchair tennis can be played against standing players, either socially or at clubs. The Wheelchair tennis Community in Canterbury meet regularly for training and tournaments.


Training
Restarting Summer 2017/18

Para rowing
Para rowing is a sport open to male and female athletes, which includes the boat classes of mixed coxed four, mixed double skulls and single skulls. Races are contested over 1km and adaptive equipment may include a fixed seat and gloves.

The Union Rowing Club runs an adaptive rowing option on a weekly basis. This is currently a small group that train on indoor rowers, but can progress to on the water training when appropriate.


Training
Tuesday (Indoor Rowing)
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Kerrs Reach

Club
Union Rowing Club

Coach
Karen Rickerby


Para alpine skiing
Disabled Snowsports Canterbury encourages people with disabilities to learn to ski not only for recreation, but also to experience the sense of freedom of mobility, build self-esteem, independence and confidence.


Training
Restarting Winter 2017

Goalball
Goalball is exclusively a sport for athletes with blindness/visual impairment.


The object is to roll the ball into the opponent’s goal while the opposing players try to block the ball with their body. Bells inside the ball help orientate the players indicating the direction of the incoming ball.


Training
Friday Evenings
Blind Foundation
96 Bristol Street

Para alpine skiing

Para archery

Para athletics

Para badminton

Para biathlon

Boccia

Para canoe

Para cross-country skiing

Para cycling

Para equestrian

Football 5-a-side

Goalball

Para ice hockey

Para judo

Para powerlifting

Para rowing

Shooting Para sport

Sitting volleyball

Para snowboard

Para swimming

Para table tennis

Para taekwondo

Para triathlon

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair curling

Wheelchair fencing

Wheelchair rugby

Wheelchair tennis



Below is a full list of Para sport opportunities that are available around the world. Click on the link to find out more information via the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) website. Not all are available in Canterbury or New Zealand.

PARA SPORTS IN CANTERBURY