Parafed

Taranaki athletes hope to shine on their new wheelchairs
October 3, 2018 Two young athletes will be using the Rolls Royce of wheelchairs when they take part in the Halberg Junior Disability Games this week. But while 20-year-old Samantha Burgham owns her nearly $5000 basketball chair outright thanks to a grant, Milly Marshall-Kirkwood, 10, has to give her track racing machine back ...
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Anton making tracks in athletics
October 25, 2018 Taranaki athlete Anton Bessling walked away with two awards after the recent Halberg Games in Auckland. The year 13 New Plymouth Boys’ High School student won Athletics Best Male and the Sir Murray Halberg Cup for the most outstanding athlete at the games. “Winning these awards ...
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No limits for young disabled surfers
March 20, 2018 This doesn’t look like your usual surfing, but who’s watching? Surfing with young people of different abilities was a different sight at Oakura Beach during an event run by Parafed Taranaki, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and the Oakura Boardriders Club. Some were standing, some sitting, a ...
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Blind rider on the road again thanks to Te Karaka Foundation
February 15, 2018  Riding a bicycle is a popular pastime that most people find a breeze. But have you ever wondered how you plant your bicycle pedals to the metal on busy streets if you can’t see? For New Plymouth’s Teena McEwen, who is legally blind, the answer is a bicycle made for two. “I’m sure lots of ...
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A hand powered trip around Mt Taranaki
January 26, 2018 Jack Brown’s main focus for competing in his first around the mountain cycle challenge is to beat his best mate. And he’ll be doing it on three wheels instead of two. Ben Hekenui’s focus for the race is to stay fit for wheelchair basketball which he represents New ...
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Oceania champs beckon Taranaki wheelchair basketballer
May 21, 2017 A national wheelchair basketball player has called for more people with disabilities to join the sport. Taranaki’s sole New Zealand rep Ben Hekenui​ warmed up for the Oceania championships later in the year with a solid workout in the northern league tournament at New Plymouth on Saturday.Hekenui and his Mid ...
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Cancer survivors to take on Round the Mountain Cycle Challenge
January 20, 2017 Taking part in a gruelling 160 kilometre cycle race around Mt Taranaki isn’t the biggest challenge three young cancer survivors have faced. Logan Salisbury, 13, Rory Gardiner, 14, and 23-year-old Olivia Madgwick will all be playing their part for the CanTeen Taranaki team taking part in the ...
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Disabled Taranaki athlete selected for youth council to help encourage others
  December 22, 2016 When Jack Brown lost the use of his legs in a car crash it was his ability to continue playing sport that helped him get through it mentally. Now the 19-year-old wants to help others with disabilities realise their potential and has just been selected for ...
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Stephen Hills eyes gold as he prepares to ride at the Paralympic Games
July 26, 2016 In September, Stephen Hills will embark on the journey of a lifetime as he takes his spot at the Paralympic Games in Brazil.After the first of two training camps before the games, the New Plymouth cyclist had his goal for the event cemented in place.”I’m still aiming ...
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