Canterbury Paralympians From The Past

It’s the Paralympics again in Rio this year.

Go our NZ Paralympians!

For this occasion, Parafed Canterbury is featuring profile pages of past Paralympians which are Cantabrians on their Parafed facebook profile and also on their website.

The website has revealed in a profile that our accounts manager Matthew Slade has competed in the Paralympics three times: Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

In Sydney, he won two medals, silver and bronze in the 100 metres and in Athens, he won the gold medal in the final of 200 metres.

To give you a taste of the profiles, here is one:

New Zealand Paralympian #17

1972, 1980, 1988, 2000

Archer Neroli Fairhall is the only New Zealander to have competed in both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games.

Her Paralympic Games career spanned 28 years, with her first Games appearance in Heidelberg 1972 and her last in Sydney 2000. She won the archery gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Arnhem 1980 and was the first paraplegic to compete in an Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984.

Neroli passed away in 2006, aged 61.

There are 14 profiles planned in total, so try to visit their Facebook page and website for updates and other info!

Good luck to all of our NZ Paralympians!