Parafed Auckland - A New Strategy for 2019 - 2022

Parafed Auckland has launched a revamped strategy that sets a new direction to improve the lives of people with disabilities across Auckland.

The purpose is to ensure the charity can thrive, inspire trust and strengthen participation in sport and recreation by all disabled Aucklanders.

Recent arrivals to the Parafed Auckland Board along with our experienced existing members have brought wave of new opportunities for the charity. The board’s first strategic priority has been to map out the core purpose and priorities for the organisation until 2022.

The strategy priorities inclusion and quality recreation and sport experiences for people living with disability as the main focus for the organisation. This will ensure the organisation has the maximum impact for its members but also on the wider goal of creating more inclusive communities

“Our new vision and mission ensure that Parafed Auckland is fully inclusive and the associated actions make this a unique strategy for disability sport. Whilst we cannot do everything for everyone, we remain strong in our promise that: if it’s not us that can help, we will find out who can”

Tom Smith, CEO.

Our Statement sets out and explains 4 new strategic pillars. They are:

·       What we do – our day to offer to members and clubs

·       What we say – how we communicate to members, clubs and stakeholders

·       How we fund it – how we make it all possible

·       Who and what we know – our data, insights and the impacts

“It has been a privilege to lead this important piece of work and I would like to thank all the members, clubs and sporting organisations who contributed thoughtfully to the process.

Tom Smith, CEO.

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Lizzie Heads Home

Current Parafed Auckland staff member Lizzie Edgecombe has made the tough decision to move back to the UK to be closer to her family in October.

With 2 months to go until her departure we are starting the recruitment process early to allow time for a handover period.

“I’m gutted to be heading back to the UK at this very exciting time for Parafed Auckland with our new CEO Tom starting soon. However, I’m sure there is a great candidate for my role out there to continue the progress Parafed Auckland has made. Please share the job advert with your network to ensure we get the best possible candidates applying to become the new me!

My last day will be the 12th October after the 2018 Halberg Games so I’ll save the soppy stuff until then.”

New CEO announced

Parafed Auckland are incredibly excited to announce the organisations new CEO, Tom Smith, who will be starting his position in mid-August. An experienced manager & leader in sport Tom has acquired over 12 years of experience and knowledge in the disability sport sector, working nationally for The England Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and Special Olympics GB.

Tom said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity for me to be involved with disability Sport in New Zealand. Parafed Auckland is an exciting organisation and I’m looking forward to the challenge of how we grow and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities.’

Chairperson Grant Sharman had the pleasure of catching up with Tom at Lord’s Cricket Ground!

Key Experience:

  • 16 years working in sports and physical activity sectors, with a focus on disability sport
  • Comprehensive experience developed across: Sport England, Governing Body, Local Government and Charity sectors
  • Was disability Lead on Whole Sport Plans for 12 NGBs
  • Responsible for National Strategy development for Disability & Youth Cricket
  • Budgetary and business planning for national programmes
  • Extensive project and programme management and delivery
  • Has a strong understanding of Special Olympics through period working with the organisation and as a board member.                                                                                               

Recent Roles: 

  • National Growth Manager, Disabilities for England and Wales Cricket Board
  • For 3 years as Senior Manager Disability with Sport England
  • Spent 5 years working on Community Engagement for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics
  • Post London 2012 was with SOGB for 15 months as London Officer then National Partnership Manager
  • Worked for a number of London boroughs in sport and health development

Kelly Griffin Challenge 2018

On Saturday 7th April, 24 women came together to participate in the Kelly Griffin Challenge 2018 which was supported by Invacare New Zealand. As the only women’s wheelchair basketball event in NZ it was fantastic to see so many people come together to play and support the event. Players ranged from those who have been playing for years whilst for others it was their first taste of the sport, including Auckland Dream players! And that is what this event and ongoing training is all about – bringing women together, whether they have a disability or not, to have fun and hopefully instil a life-long love of wheelchair basketball that will help it grow and develop in NZ. After one year, the number of women playing wheelchair basketball in Auckland has increased from 11 to 20 players.

The day was split into training in the morning, a 3x3 tournament and a 5x5 finale. It was concluded with an awards ceremony and evening meal. The 3x3 tournament was closely contested with each game being tight. Mii Pepe, ref on the day and NZ Roller Blacks player, commented “some awesome talent out there and skills”. Currently NZ don’t have a women’s wheelchair basketball team but many of the Auckland players would love to see that change. They intend to form their own team for some of the NZ competitions to show that they are here, and they’re here to stay.

The 3x3 tournament results:

  • Gold - Daniella Egle-Bast, Te Rongopai McNaught and Faithleen Tou
  • Silver – Cathy Parker, Stacey Teiho and AJ Pouoa
  • Bronze – Tamara Gotty, Jewel Byles, Matakorama Waipouri


Invacare MVP

  • Low Pointer – Faithleen Tou
  • Mid Pointer – Daisy Eaglesome
  • High Pointer – Cathy Parker

Invacare Most Improved

  • Junior – Jewel Byles
  • Senior – Beccie Gannon

Kelly Griffin Spirit of the Game Award

  •  Runners up – Faithleen Tou and Daisy Eaglesome
  •  Winner – Daniella Egle-Bast

The day would not have been possible without volunteer support. Special thanks to all the people who continue to give their time freely to enable wheelchair basketball here in Auckland to thrive.

  • Organising Committee – Lizzie Edgecombe, Cathy Parker, Daniella Egle-Bast, Dave Sherriff, Brendon Stratton and Diane Eaglesome
  • Coaches – Dave Sherriff and Brendon Stratton
  • Referees – Mark Sullivan, Mii Pepe, Ricardo Gozon and Warren Putt
  • Score Bench – Kauri Murray, Leighton Teiho, Matt Ngametua, Daniel Goulton, Tere Tuakana and Steve Hei
  • Event Assistance – Tina Harris and Emma Cooper-Williams
  • Photographers – Lise Baldwin and Lucky Kaukau

Final thanks goes to the family of Kelly Griffin – Jenny, Dan and Katey. Thank you for continuing to support the Kelly Griffin Challenge and to Katey for joining in the 5x5 finale, it’s always great to have you on the court. Kelly will never be forgotten.

Meacheam moving on

Current Parafed Auckland CEO Hamish Meacheam has signaled his intention to move on from his position at Parafed Auckland. 

"After a fantastic three years with Parafed Auckland, I am moving onto Athletics New Zealand to take up the Community Manager role. Athletics is my first love and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the work I’ll be doing.
It has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of the revival of Parafed Auckland over the past three years, but more importantly it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside all of you, improving the landscape of Para sport here in Auckland. I’m confident that the organisation and the sector will continue to go from strength to strength, indeed I look forward to playing a small role in that ongoing success.
A special thanks must go to the board of Parafed Auckland, and especially the two chairmen during my tenure, Grant Sharman and Andre Lubbe. Grant and Andre had the vision of what Parafed Auckland could become, and gave me the trust and guidance needed to get the job done. Alongside my board, I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who run the various activities within the Parafed network – you are the lifeblood of Para sport in New Zealand. Finally I must mention the athletes, many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of introducing to Para sport, and then watch develop not only as athletes, but as people. All of you will always hold a special place in my heart." 

Hamish is moving on to become the Community Manager for Athletics New Zealand, and his last day will be the 26th of April. before this time there will be more information on our plans in the interim as we seek a replacement CEO to lead our organisation forward.

Auckland Para athletes get scholarship boost

Thirteen talented young Para athletes have been announced as recipients of the Parafed Auckland Scholarship programme for 2018. The scholarship programme is backed by two organisations with a long history of supporting athletes with a physical impairment; The Carbine Club, and the Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust.

The tiered scholarship structure provides appropriate support to Auckland based Para athletes who are tracking towards representing New Zealand at future Paralympic Games.

Hamish Meacheam, CEO of Parafed Auckland commented, “We have significantly increased the size of our scholarship programme in 2018, because there is a genuine need for Para athletes to receive more support as they begin their journey towards the Paralympic Games. We are very grateful to the Carbine Club and the Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust for their increased level of support to allow us to do this.”

Peter Jeffares, well known Auckland business personality and President of the Carbine Club commented, “The Carbine Club of New Zealand is once again thrilled to be able to support Parafed Auckland who this year have 13 Para athletes receiving scholarships. The Carbine Club has been a supporter of Parafed Auckland, as well as Paralympics New Zealand, for over a decade, with funds being raised via a series of luncheons during the year plus its hugely successful annual golf tournament. 
The Carbine Club, alongside the Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust and Parafed Auckland, wish the recipients all the very best in their chosen events and are delighted that our contribution can assist them to pursue their goals.”

2018 Parafed Auckland Scholarship Recipients

Carbine Club Scholarships (For athletes tracking towards the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games)

Sarah Ellington – Para cycling; C2 Cyclist, North Harbour Cycling Club

Keegan Pitcher – Para athletics; T36 Sprint events, Owairaka Athletics.

Neelam O’Neil – shooting Para sport; Parafed Auckland Shooting Club

Nick Blincoe – Para cycling; C4 Cyclist, Auckland Central Cycling Club

Tama Satrioni Tapusoa Solouota – Para swimming; S14 Howick Pakuranga Swimming Club

Courtney Scholarship (Premier award for outstanding Ambassador for Para sport in Auckland)

Tupou Neiufi – Para swimming; S9, SB8, SM9 Howick Pakuranga Swimming Club

Trust Scholarships (For developing athletes aiming for international competition in the next 1-3 years)

John Foote – Shooting Para Sport; Parafed Auckland Shooting Club

Anna Steven – Para athletics; T64 North Harbour Bays Athletics

Mitch Joynt – Para athletics; T64 North Harbour Bays Athletics

Natalie Brunzel – Shooting Para Sport; Parafed Auckland Shooting club

Josh Crean - Para alpine skiing; Sacred Heart College

Alyssa Baxter – Para athletics; T37 Owairaka Athletics Club

Tayla Clement – Para athletics; F44 North Harbour Bays Athletics


For further comment, or information on specific athletes, please contact;

Hamish Meacheam
CEO – Parafed Auckland
027 324 1976

Interviews with scholarship recipients can be arranged via the above contact.

Sarah Ellington competing at the The 2017 VANTAGE Windows and Doors Elite & U19  Track National Championships

Sarah Ellington competing at the The 2017 VANTAGE Windows and Doors Elite & U19 Track National Championships

2018 Parafed Scholarship Programme Open

In association with the Carbine Club and the Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust, Parafed Auckland is extremely pleased to launch our 2018 Scholarship Programme to support the next generation of Auckland Paralympians. 

The new programme was developed in consultation with Paralympics NZ in 2016, and has been very successful in it's first year. The programme is designed to target support to those with the potential to not only attend, but win medals at future Paralympic Games. Parafed Auckland CEO Hamish Meacheam summed up the intent of the programme, "As a grassroots organisation our primary focus has and always will be on supporting athletes to get into sustainable community sport, but thanks to partners such as the Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust, and the Carbine Club, we are very happy to be able to support more of our members to reach the pinnacle of Para-Sport, our results from year one show we are on track to achieve that."

Some of the standout recipients from 2016 include Rio Paralympian Tupou Neiufi and Para athletics breakout star Keegan Pitcher, who won two bronze medals at the 2016 World Para Athletics Championships in London. 

To receive more information and or to fill in an online appliaction, visit this page;
Application close on the 1st of December at 4pm. 

The Kelly Griffin Women's Wheelchair Basketball Challenge

On Saturday 27th May an inaugural event occurred – The Kelly Griffin Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Challenge.

It was a day filled with remembrance, hard work, learning and laughter. Following 2 previous women’s only training sessions, 13 women came to the Trusts Arena for an action-packed day. The group varied in age, impairment, and experience level but shared the common goal of wanting to play wheelchair basketball. Throughout the morning, coaches Dave and Brendon shared their wisdom to educate the girls on many different skills and tactics that would come to help them in the 3x3 tournament that followed.

After the players had re-fuelled at lunch, it was time to remember and honour Kelly Griffin. Kelly was an incredible player and from the speeches given, it was clear that she was an even better person and one that will be dearly missed. Kelly’s parents very kindly donated a trophy to the event – The Kelly Ann Griffin Spirit of the Game Award. It was to be given to a player who demonstrated similar characteristics to Kelly’s – determination, skill, humour, sportsmanship and support.

With Kelly in everyone’s hearts, it was time to take that passion and determination to the court in the 3x3 tournament. Each team fought valiantly with matches being close each time. However, with any good tournament there can only be one winner and on this occasion, that went to the blue team consisting of Daisy Eaglesome, Justine Hunter and Emma Conaglen. Second place was the red team (Cathy Parker, Kaeti Rigarlsford and Grace Lee), white team took third place (Faithleen Tou, Maia Lewis, Jewel Byles and Emma Cooper-Williams) whilst the navy team came in a respectable fourth (Catarina Owen, Daniella Egle-Bast and Lizzie Edgecombe).

But it wasn’t over yet! Singlets were changed and new teams were formed for the 5x5 finale. Despite the previous 6 hours of exercise, everyone continued to push to the closing whistle and played some excellent wheelchair basketball demonstrating what strong players these ladies are when given the chance to shine.

The day was wrapped up with an awards ceremony where the winning 3x3 team won a 3-month subscription to Real Health NZ, and Daisy Eaglesome was awarded the Kelly Griffin Spirit of the Game Award. Cathy, Justine and Daniella were all runners up and received a pair of stripy socks in Kelly’s honour.

None of the day would’ve been possible without the hard-work of all the volunteers involved:

  • Event organisers – Diane Eaglesome, Cathy Parker and Daniella Egle-Bast

  • Coaches – Dave Sheriff and Brendon Stratton

  • Officials – Mark Sullivan, Mike Hall, Ric Gozon and Mii Pepe

  • Score Bench – Jaden Movold, Daniel Goulton, Denise Owen

  • Photographer – Lise Baldwin

Throughout the day there was heaps of positive energy and a brilliant atmosphere radiating from all involved, and with the Kelly Griffin Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Challenge planned to return for 2018, you can be a part of that next year too.

Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page: Parafed Auckland - Disability Sport

Blog writers wanted

Are you about to try a new activity of sport? Do you want to highlight some of the cool stuff you do? Are you looking for a way to contribute to the Parafed community?
Parafed Auckland is now recruiting for blog writers, to highlight some of the awesome activities that our members take part in, and help to encourage others in the community to get out and try new things. 
While a huge focus for Parafed Auckland is sport, we also have a strong membership base who get out and do all sorts of different stuff, like community events, international travel, motor sport, extreme sports - you name it, our members are into it. 

These blogs are all about us highlighting you, and what you are doing, but in a context that others will find entertaining and informative. And maybe even provide an inspiration for others to get involved in something similar. 

In an effort to make sure the quality is high, Parafed Auckland is willing to contribute $100 to the costs of any activities for those that have their blog published. If you are interested please email today to talk about your next adventure!