Parafed Wellington
Inspire, Enable, Achieve


See what our members have done, what they have achieved and be inspired to achieve your goals - whatever they may be.

Parafed Wellington - Accessibility Awards 2018

Liam Melvin collects the Parafed Wellington certificate for the inaugural Accessiblity Awards 2018.  We came runner-up in the Customer Service Award.

Kate Horan - Disabled Sportsperson of the Year 2018

Kate Horan was named the Cigna Disabled Sports Person of the Year 2018 at the Wellington Sports Awards in June.  Kate was unable to attend as she was the guest speaker at the Wairarapa Sports Awards on the same night, so Catriona McBean collected her award for her.

Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize 2017

Catherine Pot receiving her Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize from the Prime Minister Bill English

North Island Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2017

Wheelchair Rugby WRC2 2017

For more photos from the tournament by Masanori Udagawa click here 


 Congratulations to our Parafed Wellington Paralympians

Mary Fisher- Swimming 100m Backstroke S11 - GOLD and new WORLD RECORD 400m Freestyle S11 - 4th, 50m Freestyle S11 - 6th,  100m Freestyle S11 - 4th, 200m IM SM11 - 6th

Kate Horan - Cycling 3km Pursuit C4 - Qual - Paralympic RecordFinal - 4th; 500m C4-5 - 4th, Cycling Time Trial C4 - 8th

Amanda Cameron/Hannah van Kampen - Cycling Kilo BVI - Final- 6th and Personal Best, Cycling 3km Pursuit BVI - 4th, Cycling Road Race BVI - 11th

New Zealand in competition at Rio 2016

  • 31 kiwi Paralympians, including 11 returning athletes and 20 debutants
  • 6 sports - Para-Swimming, Para-Cycling, Para-Shooting, Para-Sailing, Para-Athletics, Para-Canoe
  • 68 separate events contested across these 6 Para-Sports by kiwi Paralympians
  • 3 world records were set by New Zealand, of the 196 set across the 6 Para-Sports kiwis contested
  • 11 Paralympic records were set by New Zealand
  • 21 medals won by New Zealand - 9 GOLD, 5 SILVER and 7 BRONZE
  •  52% of all events contested saw kiwi Paralympians deliver personal best times
  • 57 finals were reached from amongst the 68 events contested by kiwi Paralympians
  • 94% of our kiwi Paralympians made it to the Top 8 in at least one event
  • 77% of the finals reached saw a New Zealander finish in the Top 8
  • 12 individual Paralympians secured medals, and increase from 4 during London 2012
  • 1st in the world for medals per capita, successfully defending London 2012 title
  • 13th in the world overall in medals, beating previous best of 16 th at the Athens 2004 Paralympics
  • 10th most successful Paralympian for Sophie Pascoe, amongst 4,350 Paralympians at the Games 
  • 9 gold medals secured, matching to the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games for most successful 


Wheelchair Basketball NI Champs 2016

Junior Disability Games 2016 - Best Team Performance - Team Wellington!

Spirit of Gold Portraits

Skiing 2015

We have the opportunity to take a few members skiing to Cardrona and The Remarkables as part of the Adaptive Snow Sports Festival in September.  Alan and Matthew both started out trying skiing but didn't really get off the learners slopes so progressed to the sit skis, and with the help of our great instructors and volunteers were both able to traverse both ski fields at amazing speeds.

The trip was such a success we are now working out how we can get our Youth Group members down to these powder-covered ski fields next season.

Wheelchair Basketball North Island Champs 2015

Wheelchair Rugby WRC1 2015

Congratulations - Mary Wins Again 2015 

Mary Fisher was last night named as the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year and the Sportswoman of the Year at the Sport Wellington Awards.  This is the second year in a row where Mary has taken out these two awards.  

Junior Disability Games 2015

Congratulations to our team who competed at the Junior Disability Games in Cambridge over the past weekend.  We had 4 members of Parafed Wellington - Corran, Jack, Joel and Joshua plus 2 others - Libby and Mitchell - who made up the Wellington contingent.  Thanks to Ross who was our Team Manager over the weekend.

Weetbix Tri 2015

On Sunday three of our young members competed in the Weetbix Tri.  Fraser, Stephen and Brin all donned their swimming togs, bike shorts and running shoes to compete along with 2300 other kids at Kilbirnie Park.  It was a great day, good weather for racing, and good results by all.  Thanks to all our supporters who helped us on the day.

Fishing 2015

Congratulations Mary Fisher

Named Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the Halberg Awards 2015.  Mary is pictured with Sir Murray Halberg. 

Nitro Circus 2015 ... what a blast!!

Youth Group got to spend the afternoon watching the Nitro Circus practice session.  We watched BMX, motorcross and snowmobiles fly, flip and twist through the air. We even got to spend some quality time with Travis Pastrana, Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham and Blake "Bilko" Williams having photos, getting autographs and chatting to them. Thanks so much Nitro Circus and the team at Westpac Stadium for helping make this happen.

Our Christmas Party 2014 at Staglands 

Fishing Trip 2014

Boccia National Champs 2014

Youth Group Sports and Activities 2014

Wheelchair Basketball NI Champs 2014


Wheelchair Rugby WRC 2014 Photos by Greg Moller


Parafed Members Profiled in Photo essay: Playing in numbers

Doing what you’re passionate about makes life worth living. It’s a break from our 9 to 5 and brings us together with like-minded people. Having fun usually takes a backseat to getting through a daily routine, but it’s an important part of health and wellbeing.

To round off our theme for March, Hauora, here's a photo essay about the things people do for the love of it, with others they might have never meet otherwise. 

Check out more on the profile and what other people in Wellington are doing


Wheelchair Basketball National Champs 2013

Check out the photos of Day 1 and Day 2