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Ken Sowden (MNZM)
021 057 5992

Ken joined ParaFed Canterbury in 1995 after a very successful 20 year career with the New Zealand Army.

Since that time he has overseen the growth of ParaFed Canterbury and is responsible for ensuring the strategic plan is implemented and supports all staff in achieving their respective goals.

Ken is a member of the ParaFed Canterbury Board and has input into the future direction of the organisation. His vast experience enables him to assist and advise others within the sector.

Charlotte Pawson
021 226 9080

Charlotte joined ParaFed Canterbury in 2014. She is responsible for running our Junior Sports and Youth Programmes and managing the Canterbury Team for the Halberg Games. Charlotte is also responsible for overseeing the day to day office duties.

She has a Bachelor of Sports Coaching from the University of Canterbury and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood.

Charlotte has worked with children and youth through different roles as a volunteer, swim coach and preschool teacher.

Hadleigh Pierson
022 064 3001

Hadleigh first worked for ParaFed Canterbury in 2001, before taking up a position with Paralympics New Zealand in 2008 as their Talent Identification Manager.

He rejoined ParaFed Canterbury in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the Academy Programme, the Para Sports Clubs and the recruitment of new athletes.

Hadleigh represented New Zealand in swimming at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

Jodie Kilshaw
022 658 4846

Jodie joined ParaFed Canterbury in 2017 as our Sponsorship & Events Manager.

She is responsible for managing and renewing our current business sponsors and
liaising with any potential new sponsors.

Jodie has a background in sales, marketing and event management.


The ParaFed Canterbury Board can be emailed at board@parafedcanterbury.co.nz


Sian joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2012, having first got involved with ParaFed Canterbury through her daughters interest in Para swimming.

She is a Chartered Accountant and Authorised Financial Adviser. She is also a shareholder in an engineering business employing eight staff.

Sian has an interest in governance and financial management. She is a member of the funding subcommittee and has lead the Marshland Hall Project. Sian has a background in sports administration at club level in the sport of swimming.

James joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2016. He comes from a commercial background of sales management in the apparel industry and for the last six years has operated his own apparel supply business.

James has an extensive background in sports administration at club, provincial and national level with the sport of rowing. He is involved in a part time role with NZME Newstalk ZB as a sports commentator and producer.

James has represented New Zealand on numerous occasions as a team manager, the pinnacle being the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as rowing manager.

Zara joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2016 after moving to Christchurch from Dunedin. Zara was previously on the board for ParaFed Otago and was an active volunteer for their adaptive snow sports programme.

Zara works for Sport Canterbury as a Community Sport Advisor and promotes lifelong participation in sport and recreation as well as provides support, leadership and advocacy to schools and sports clubs within its targeted community.

Zara completed her Bachelors and Masters of Physical Education at Otago University and is currently studying toward a masters in management through Massey University. Zara enjoys coaching netball and in her own time enjoys running, mountain biking and plays netball and basketball.

Grant joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2009. He has a background in Computer Aided Design and completed a Certificate in Sports Training & Development.

He has been involved in competitive Para shooting for more than 10 years, representing New Zealand at two World Championships. He is also the coach of the ParaFed Canterbury Shooting Club.

Grant is also a Student Scholarship Artist with the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

Annette joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2009. She is the manager at Melrose Kiwi Concept Chairs, who manufacture custom made lightweight manual wheelchairs.

She is interested in management, especially strategic management, and has great skills in process evaluation and development.

Annette's involvement in quality management and understanding the need for good processes assist in ensuring productivity within our organisation.

Justin joined the board of ParaFed Canterbury in 2007 and has worked in the disability sport sector since 1994.

He was an employee of ParaFed Canterbury between 1994-2001, before moving to the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation where he is the Disability Sport Adviser for Canterbury and Tasman.

Justin represented the Wheel Blacks at the 1998 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, where the team won silver and bronze respectively.