AUCKLAND WHEELCHAIR RUGBY (AUCKLAND RHINOS)

The home of some of the worlds best Wheelchair Rugby Players! Wheelchair Rugby is the only full contact wheelchair sport, designed for tetraplegics but also suitable for quad amputees, those with C.P. and others. A friendly welcoming well organised club.

The Wheel Blacks

The men & women who play wheelchair rugby in New Zealand are bound together through hard work and sacrifice… and united by the shared experience of having a disability. Yet this disability doesn’t define who they are – they are husbands & wives, sons & daughters, brothers & sisters… their lives defined by their jobs, their studies, their upbringing – their home cities and towns. And they are athletes.

Those that rise to the level of representing New Zealand are also defined by the title of being a Wheel Black.

The athletes who have the privilege to call themselves Wheel Blacks are amongst our most talented, well trained and prepared athletes in the country… as well as being some of our most inspirational Kiwi’s. Their grit and determination in the face of adversity is unquestionable and uncompromising.

SAILABILITY

Auckland is the city of sails, so it only makes sense that we would be home to the world’s biggest (& best) disability sailing club. Sailing can cater for all athletes, regardless of impairment. Full coaching is available, including a land based simulator that can give you all the skills you need without getting wet!

Since 1991 Sailability Auckland has been providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn to sail and race, or to just experience being in control of a sailing boat.

Our aim is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to sail in safety and to experience adventure and freedom – building mobility, self confidence and pride through achievement”.

PARAFED AUCKLAND SHOOTING CLUB

Parafed Auckland has developed a world class accessible shooting facility in Mount Eden, where regular trainings and competitions for indoor 10m air rifle and hand gun shooting take place. Target shooting has pathways all the way through to the Paralympic Games, with several of our members competing overseas in recent years. The club welcomes all, including those in powerchairs, wheelchairs and people with a visual impairment.

BOCCIA

Boccia is a game of skill and strategy and is a truly inclusive sport in which men and women of all ages and abilities can play together. Similar to lawn bowls and petanque, boccia is a non-contact target sport that is played indoors from a seated position using soft leather balls on a smooth rectangular court and can be played as individuals, in pairs or teams of three.

AUCKLAND WHEELBREAKERS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CLUB

New Zealand’s largest and most successful Wheelchair Basketball Club, quality coaching available for new players, regular training and inter-regional competition at all levels.

Passionate about wheelchair basketball, the Auckland Wheelbreakers offer an exciting, supportive and encouraging environment.
People of all abilities can join together and enjoy a common goal, sharing knowledge and passion for the game while networking with a variety of people. The club provides the opportunity for all levels to advance their skills at a social or competitive level of their choice.

The club also aims to educate the community about disabled athletes and their high standard of athletic capabilities. If you would like to join or support the club, please feel free to contact us.

AUCKLAND POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL CLUB

Powerchair Football is a fun exciting team sport for people who use a powerchair in their day to day life. There are two clubs in Auckland, the Auckland Powerchair Football club based at the Parafed Gym in Otara, and the North Auckland Powerchair Football club that is based at the Massey University recreation centre in the North Shore.

Powerchair Football is a competitive team sport for people with physical disabilities who use power wheelchairs. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court, and two teams of four players use power chairs equipped with footguards to attack, defend and spin-kick a 13-inch (330 mm) football in an attempt to score goals. The official game is played for two halves of 20 minutes each, with the main objective of the game being the same as football: to score more goals than the opponent.

In New Zealand there is a growing interest in Powerchair Football, and clubs have been established in Canterbury and Auckland, but a national sport organisation has yet to be established. This means there are a number of opportunities for the social player, but the competitive side of the sport is still being developed to link clubs here with a thriving Australian league.

PARA ATHLETICS

Parafed Auckland run a monthly training group for athletes who wish to compete in competitive summer events, such as the national track and field championships or secondary school level events. Open to all ages from 5+ years. We work with Athletics NZ and Paralympics NZ to identify and develop athletes who wish to take the sport seriously.

Para athletics events are held for men and women over a range of classifications and events. Broadly speaking the classification categories are divided into six different types of impairment – visually impaired, intellectually impaired, cerebral palsy and brain trauma, short stature, limb deficiencies and impaired muscle power/impaired range of movement. Some Para athletes will compete in wheelchairs, some with prostheses, while those who are visually impaired receive guidance from a sighted guide.

Please register your interest on our Para Athletics page: 

ACHILLES INTERNATIONAL

Achilles International is a worldwide organisation whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, and enhance self-esteem and lower barriers.

In 1976, New Yorker Dick Traum, an above the knee amputee, found himself approaching middle age and out of shape. After joining a local YMCA, Dick began running – small distances at first and then, eventually several miles. Within a year, Dick became the first amputee to run the New York City Marathon. The experience was life changing, bringing a powerful sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. In 1983, seeking to provide that same opportunity to other people with disabilities, Dick created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.

ACHILLES IN NEW ZEALAND

The first athlete with a disability to travel from New Zealand to do the New York Marathon with Achilles Track Club was Brian Froggatt from Dargaville in 1985. Brian is an above knee amputee who has gone on to be a champion weightlifter and still keeps in touch Dick Traum.

In 1993 John Riley became the second above knee amputee from New Zealand to complete the New York Marathon along with his coach Peter Loft, both from Whangarei. When they returned from New York, John and Peter - along with Craig Jessop and Myles Flynn, and supported by Gina Flynn and Yvonne Loft - set up the Achilles Track Club New Zealand, based in Auckland.

Today Achilles International New Zealand (Achilles NZ) provides New Zealanders with disabilities, from all across the country, the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in local mainstream events, like Round the Bays, Taupo Half Marathon and Wellington Marathon (to name just a few), as well as at high-profile international events like the New York Marathon.

PARA SWIMMING

Parafed Auckland run a small training group under the coaching of Shaun Foley, it is designed for athletes who are able to swim multiple laps and wish to train for regional and national events. We work with Swimming NZ and Paralympics NZ to identify and develop athletes who wish to take the sport seriously.

Para swimming is swimming for people with impairments resulting from a health condition (disability). Para athletes can have a physical, visual or intellectual impairment and compete in a variety of classification classes, depending on their functional ability to perform each stroke. Para swimming competitions include freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and medley events.

Please contact the Parafed Auckland office for more information: office@parafedauckland.co.nz or 09 270 2503. 

THE ADAPTIVE PT

Over the last couple of years, Michael Hynard has set-up the only Adaptive Athletes program in New Zealand and grew it from scratch to currently about 160 adaptive athletes per week, with great success. His clients range from the both physical and cognitive impairments.

He has set up the F.A.M. Program (Functional Adaptive Movement) and is currently working out of two respected CrossFit facilities in Auckland.

AUCKLAND WHEELSTARZ JUNIOR BASKETBALL

Established in 2013, the Auckland WheelStarz is New Zealand’s pioneer Junior Wheelchair Basketball club. We offer regular trainings and competition (February to September) to meet the physical and social needs of young people ages 10-23 years with physical disabilities.

We are Auckland based and invite interested players from all over the Auckland area.  Our club works closely with the Auckland WheelBreakers, Auckland's only adult wheelchair basketball club, to provide a pathway for our young athletes to play at a more senior level.

While most of our players have a physical disability we do welcome those without disabilities to join our club.  Please note that players with disabilities do not need to be regular wheelchair users to play.

Basketball Wheelchairs are provided and we offer high quality coaching from a former National Junior Wheelchair Basketball coach.

DISABLED SURFERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND (DSANZ)

The Disabled Surfer's Association of New Zealand caters for all disabled people wanting to experience the surf in a safe, happy environment.

The association started off in Australia over twenty years ago and has been running successfully ever since. The Disabled Surfers Association of New Zealand (DSANZ) is a not-for-profit association relying on volunteers and donations from the community.  

It is the only organisation in the world that specifically caters for people with a disability wanting to try surfing.