New Chair to lead

Parafed Auckland

Parafed Auckland is pleased to announce the appointment of new Chair, Ann- Marie Quinn. Ann-Marie joined the board 12 months ago and with the departure of ex Chair Grant Sharman has stepped up to the lead role with full support of the existing board.

Ann-Marie has a background in journalism and corporate communications in New Zealand and the UK. She worked for ten years with the Attitude TV programme, focusing particularly on documentaries and live Paralympic events including London 2012 Paralympic Games and Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. This experience, and witnessing the opportunities created through inclusive participation in sport, sparked an interest in advocacy and policy. She recently completed a BA in History and Social Policy and is currently working as a policy analyst at Auckland Council.

Ann-Marie has previous board experience at her children’s school, including a three year stint as chairperson. Both children are now young adults, working and attending university, while her husband Ant Salmon runs his own advertising agency. Family time, beach holidays and New Zealand history are three of her major interests, as well as making an active community contribution in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tom Smith Parafed Auckland CEO said: ‘We are delighted to have Ann-Marie as our new chair as we look to the future and develop Parafed Auckland. We are currently looking for new board members and with Ann-Marie at the helm we are excited to see what the future holds.’

Providing sporting and recreational opportunities for
people with physical disabilities.


Parafed Auckland – Para Sport & Recreation is New Zealand’s oldest and largest disability sport organisation. We lead a network of 15 sports clubs and activity providers catering for 300+ members. We are the lead organisation for all physical disability sport in Auckland, providing pathways and opportunities for beginners, all the way through to Paralympic Champions! Our parent body is Paralympics NZ, and we collaborate with them and many others in the sporting and disability sectors to achieve our Vision and Mission.


Enhancing the lives of Aucklander’s through sport and recreation. 

Mission Statement

To deliver sport and recreational opportunities to the Auckland regional disabled community, ensuring that membership is enjoyable, affordable and accessible.



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