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2021 Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport

The countdown is on to the 2021 Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport on March 27th & 28th. There are a wide range of activities for physically disabled people of all ages to participate in the action over the weekend. Activities include Boccia, Wheelchair Rugby, Powerchair Football, Wheelchair Basketball, Sailing, Blind Sports to name a few.Head over the the Festival Website  f

Nov 28th Youth Fun Day!!

With the postponement of the 2020 Halberg Games we want to give our youth members a chance to come together with our Parafed neighbours to connect, play and be active here in the Bay of Plenty so we have teamed up with our friends at Parafed Waikato and Parafed Gisborne, Tairawhiti to bring you a day full of fun activities! Event details are as follows: Cost:  FREE Who:  Parafe

Coming soon to Whakatane: Powerchair Football and more!

Powerchair Football is starting in August at Trident High School, Whakatane along with more adaptive sports options. Coach Murray Lipinski will be leading a pilot Powerchair Football Programme and Coach Jo Jackson will be providing more Adaptive Sports options such as Badminton, Boccia and Pickleball, We have been lucky to gain use of the Trident High School Gym on the following dates:

Join in on the action!

Next week we are excited to resume our Rotorua Club Night at Lynmore Primary School where people of all ages and abilities are welcome to come and be part of the action having the chance to play any multitude of adaptive sports (including some new options) that Jo has on offer for the session. Rotorua Club Night is held every Tuesday afternoon during school term time from 3:30 - 4:45pm. &n

We're back in action!!

Parafed Bay of Plenty is excited to announce our sports programmes in Tauranga will be resuming next week. First up on Sunday June 14, Bay of Plenty Powerchair Football Club have training at Tauranga Boys College, Gym 1 from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Training's will be fortnightly from June 14. On June 15, Monday night sports resume at the Queen Elisabeth Youth Centre, Memorial Hall.   

Fitness sessions from home during lock down

Parafed Auckland and FAM are bringing the gym to your home ! Functional Adaptive Movement™️ are hosting three  free fitness based classes a week for the duration of the lock down!! Join in on the class and follow the directions of the coach for your dose of exercise. FAM™️ will send out emails with more information about the classes, so  register here and t

Festival of Disability Sport - Update

Postponed until further notice  In light of the current environment, Parafed Bay of Plenty Board and Healthvision have regrettably decided not to proceed with the Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport, which was to be held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March 2020. This decision has not been made lightly, however it is our duty of care to our Festival community. We know our athle

2020 Award Nominations Open!

2020 Award Nominations are now open for the Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport.  The Awards recognise outstanding achievements, performance and service in a Festival sporting code between 1st February 2019 and 31st January 2020. Nominees must be participating or involved with the Festival to be elgiable for an award.  The categories are: Sportswoman of the Year Spor

Meet a Member (or two) - Jo Jackson & John Sligo

Jo Jackson & John Sligo next to each other, outside.
With Cherryl Thompson's departure, she has passed the baton and trained up Jo Jackson and John Sligo to fill her role as Sport Development Officer. Jo will look after the Central and Eastern BOP.  Growing our Youth and Adult memberships and also developing bowls and wheelchair basketball in 2020. John’s area is Western BOP. Continuing our to grow our current sports of basketball, r

Meet a Member - Elly Hunt

Elly Hunt is the newest member to our Parafed BOP Board. Elly is a full time Massage Therapist for Bureta Physio as well as the Business Development Manager. Some of you may have met Elly at the 2019 Festival of Disability Sport or at recent member meetings she has been attending. Elly is working her magic across our Parafed BOP Facebook page and developing a marketing strategy for the Clu

Let the Games Begin

AIMS Games, Sunday 8 – Friday 13 September, Tauranga Halberg Games, Friday 11- Sunday 13 October, King's College in Auckland This year we’ve got 11 Youth competing in the Halberg Games in Auckland, with 4 first time competitors. Our athletes have been training hard! Each receiving a personalised training programme for the sports they’ll be competing in. These have been

Up Coming Events

Wednesday 18th September Have a go, 10am to 1pm  Parafed BOP goes on the road with Boccia, WC Basketball and WC Rugby to Kawerau, celebrating Disability Pride Week. Three codes will share their wares at Ron Hardie Recreation Centre for any disabled people living in the EBOP region to come have a look and try the games.  Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September 

BOP Steam Rollers compete with the best in NZ

Wheelchair Rugby Nationals 2019
Some of the country's best wheelchair rugby players went head-to-head this weekend for the 2019 NZ Wheelchair Rugby National Championship. Well done to the Parafed Bay of Plenty Steam Rollers on their 4th place finish. The team fought until the end of every game giving 100% effort. A special congratulations to the Steam Rollers Australian import Cameron Whittaker for claiming the

Meet a Member - Paul Hale

Paul Hale, Bay of Plenty Wheelchair Rugby Player and Parafed Member.
We recently caught up with Wheelchair Rugby rising star Paul Hale from Edgecumbe. Managing to squeeze in a call before he started his Wheel Black’s training camp in Palmerston North, Paul is a busy guy! Paul’s only been playing wheelchair rugby two years. Through his own drive and determination, he’s managed to secure himself a spot in the Wheel Blacks squad and is a valued me

Aspiring Youth Programmes for Tauranga & Rotorua

TAURANGA Every alternative Monday  beginning May 6th 3.30pm - 4.30pm Memorial Hall, QEYC Athletics, Boccia, Wheelchair Sports and Team Sports ROTORUA Every Thursday beginning May 2nd 3.30pm-4.45pm Lynmore Primary School Gym Athletics, Boccia, Wheelchair Sports and Team Sports

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the below recipiants who took out the awards at the Festival of Disability Sport 2019. Emerging Talent Award Toby Lipinski, Powerchair Football  Coach of the Year Alistair Eagleson, Sailability  Sportswoman of the Year Susan Curran, Blind Lawn Bowls  Sportsman of the Year Paul Hale, Wheelchair Rugby  Parafed BOP Service to Disability

Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport

Youth programme - Table Tennis Tauranga Table Tennis SNAG Golf - Bay of Plenty Golf - Cylcling/Rowing - Concept 2 - Boccia -Bay Boccia 15 youth had their passports stamped as they spent 30mplus sessions at these sports. As they completed them, their passports went into the draw for the spot prizes Congratulations to Tama fro Gisborne, Jacob from Whakatane and Whakapou from Rotorua. On the mai

2019 Boccia Update Feb 19'

BOCCIA: GET ROLLING NEWSLETTER February 2019 Our Vision : To develop boccia in New Zealand ensuring it is sustainable, inclusive and progressive; and to be the world's leading boccia nation. Our Mission : To promote and support the sport of boccia amongst all people with a physical disability throughout New Zealand.Hi and welcome to the New Year. Boccia New Zealand trusts everyone h

Athlete with a Disability (AWD) events at Rotorua Primary School Athletics

Te Kura an AWD VI - athlete with a visual impairment -competing in Discus
Parafed Youth under the guidance of Jo Jackson, coach, have been meeting weekly to train towards their athletic competition. This month we met some new youth at the Primary School athletics and look forward to meeting more at the Youth Disability Sports Day to be held at Rotorua Intermediate school 9am - 1pm 5th December 

Aspiring Youth - 2018 Halberg Games

Look at what we got up to over the weekend! A Team of 12 athletes trained to participate and compete at the Games. Ellie Jones and her family were unable to attend - we missed you - however this is a glimpse of what the friends , family, supporters and Bay of Plenty athletes got up to

Bay of Plenty Wheelchair Rugby Coach Proud of the Team

What a weekend! Bay of Plenty Wheelchair Rugby should br extremely proudafter their first ever8.0 National's Tournament. All goals have been acheived and then some. Having attended prisegiving fellow team member Johnny Sligo reported back that Bay of Plenty scooped thre awards. Best 1,5              Amanda lowry Most improved    Tyler Jennings

Disability Sport for Youth in the Bay: Inclusive, Adapted, Specific

Congratulations Will Morgan one of our younger members of Parafed BOP Aspiring Youth Team Will who attends Pongakawa School, took 3rd place in the Boys section at the Primary School Gymnastics competitions. Aspiring Youth will be holding a gymnastics session with Argos Gym September 21 to ready the team for their Halberg Games journey. There is also wheelchair basketball in the Northern

Youth Holiday Programme

Aspiring Youth Holiday Programme - Rotorua The first week of school holidays we met at Westbrook Promary School, who gave us the use of their beautiful school Hall. Jo Jackson our fantastic support volunteer helped run the day after learning how to referee Boccia.  Dave MC Calman from Halberg ran a session  on wheelchair basketball which all 7 youth their siblings and parents th

Congratulations to our NZ reps from the Bay of Plenty-Squad member Toby and Assistant Coach Murray Lipinski

Two members of the Bay of Plenty Powerchair Football club (Toby Lipinski & Jacob Lane) joined forces with two from Northland Powerchair Football club (Brennan Massey & Barry de Geest ) and entered as BOPLAND   Taupo 7 th  8 th  9 th  July   Day one of NZPF Nationals. 7 th  July Opening game was Bopland (Bay of Plenty & Northla

Badminton and Table Tennis

Aspiring Youth continue to meet regularly, trialling new sports, gaining new members and welcoming a new volunteer to the Team. Last Thursday 10 youth supported by their mums, teacher or teacher aide met at Memorial Hall for a catch up on whats happening with the  AIMS and Halberg Games. Para Table Tennis is another sport added to the AIMs games as a choice of pathway for either local club

Activ8 Tournament Runners Up

This month, the Bay of Plenty Powerchair Football club attended the Waikato ParaFed Activ 8 Tournament in Morrinsville. We won the first two games and only needed to draw the last to take out the title. But it wasn't to be beaten by 3 goals to one in the last match to come second in the Tournament Even a New player take to the court on her second ever visit to a Powerchair football event. 

Aspiring Youth -Cross Country/Field events

Parafed Bay of Plenty Youth Development Programme - Aspiring Youth, will have their second session - meeingt at Tauranga Domain, 10am, 24 May, to learn skills for cross country and athletics field events. They will have assistance from Jack McSweeney, the Bays up and coming Para cyclist. Jack spent several years with Athletics NZ working in schools and is especially good with adapting technique

NZ Wheelchair Rugby Championship. Round 1

The Bay of Plenty Steamrollers will travel to the South Island to represent the Bay in competition We wish them all the best, we know they have been practising HARD OUT! and so from all of us at Parafed Bay of Plenty, we just wanted to say GO THE BAY!!

Disability Surfing -"Catch a Wave"

What a beautiful day to catch a wave (disability surfing) and share the aroha (surfers volunteering their time for others to surf) 5 disabled surfers and several volunteer surfers from Hibiscus Surf School had a blast on Saturday at Mount Beach, utilising the Beach Mat and Flight Centre Beach Chair. It was grea to see. chairs, walkers etc parked up ion the beach, while their users had simply ..

Wheelchair Sport in the BOP

The season for Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby has started!  . Wheelchair Basketball starts Mon 5 February 6pm -7.30pm contact: Shane Davies   0279783932 Wheelchair Rugby starts Mon 12 Feb 7.30- 9.00pm contact Amanda Lowry   021525824 Where:   Memorial Hall, Tauranga     &

Parafed BOP Junior Disability Games Team 2017

HALBERG JUNIOR DISABILITY GAMES - Team BOP 2017: Jackson Brown Nico Dunn Ellie Jones Aiden Lints Mattias Makai Mykal Mayne Brooke Parker Alice Sampson Siobhan Terry Ben Westenberg Parafed BOP are super proud of all our athletes that competed at this weekends games in Auckland (6-8th Oct) Well done! What an awesome experience! Please get in touch with us if you would like to be involved with o