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Scott Martlew on Sunday 27 April
In 2010, 17-year-old Scott Martlew had everything going for him - a
bright student and successful rugby player. But a blow to his leg during
a rugby match left him fighting for his life. As his body tried to fight
off bacteria in his blood, his condition deteriorated.
His leg was amputated to save his life.
Four years on and Scott is competing against top able-bodied canoeists
and he's well on his way to representing New Zealand in para-canoeing at
the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
To see a preview
- Attitude Pictures
Athletes with limb
deficiency - By Jake Pearson, PNZ Medical Director
Paralympics New Zealand Medical Director Jake Pearson, writes for the
New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine about athletes with limb
Disabled sport continues to grow in popularity and profile, with the
Paralympic Games now attracting major media coverage and sponsorship,
and grassroots participation increasing.
Paralympic athletes experience many of the same injuries and illnesses
as able-bodied athletes, however they are potentially vulnerable to
additional and unique problems. It is recognised that many sports
medicine providers will encounter athletes with disabilities relatively
infrequently, and thus the aim of this and subsequent articles is to
summarise key injury and illness considerations when consulting athletes
with a disability, in order to facilitate successful and rewarding
assessment and treatment.
The first of these articles considers medical issues for athletes with
True or False?
1 The most common cause of limb deficiency in athletes is amputation due
a metabolic condition such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease.
2 Verrucus hyperplasia occurring in the stump of an amputee is thought
to be related to an underlying viral infection.
3 Athletes with lower limb deficiency have an increased incidence of
osteoarthritis in the knee of the contralateral limb.
Medical Considerations for Athletes with Limb Deficiency
Limb deficiency in athletes is most commonly either congenital or
posttraumatic, and more occasionally secondary to a metabolic condition
(e.g. diabetes or peripheral vascular disease) or amputation related to
a neoplasm or severe infectious disease. The level of the amputation
tends to correlate closely with the degree of subsequent dysfunction and
disability, and the prosthesis that will be most suitable.
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New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine - Jake Pearson
by New Zealand Para-Cyclists in Mexico
The New Zealand Para-Cycling team wrapped up the last two days of the
UCI Track World Championships with further outstanding performances and
winning a total of five medals. The athletes were pushed to the limit
not only racing at altitude, but with Velodrome temperatures tipping 40
Day 3 (13 April NZ Time) saw two Kiwi athletes compete, Fiona Southorn
and Kate Horan. Both were competing in the Women’s Individual Pursuit;
Fiona in the C5 and Kate in the C4. Both riders qualified for Bronze
Medal rides however both finished 4th in their respective races.
The final and fourth day of competition (14 April NZ Time) was all about
the tandems. Emma Foy/Laura Fairweather and Phillipa Gray/Kylie Young
competed in the 250m Sprint. This is a non-Paralympic Event however
valuable UCI Points are on offer which contribute to athlete slots for
the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Gray/Young were first up and although
putting up a satisfactory time did not make the top 8 and a ¼ final
berth. In contrast Foy/Fairweather finished 4th in the qualification
round and earned themselves an opportunity to make the semi-finals later
in the day.
The Foy/Fairweather tandem pairing came up against the Japanese pairing
in the ¼ final. This is a best of three series and although the Kiwi
girls won the first heat they were beaten in the sprint in the second
heat. The decider was a close event however New Zealand had too much
power and were to go into the semi final against the favoured British
tandem. The British tandem beat the Kiwi girls in the first two heats so
we were up against the Dutch girls for the bronze medal ride off.
However after the Dutch tandem team slammed the Australians into the
fence at high speed they were disqualified leaving Foy/Fairweather to
take the bronze.
New Zealand’s medal tally:
Foy/Fairweather 1 Gold & 1 Bronze
1 Silver & 1 Bronze
- Paralympics New
Fisher earns reward for year of swimming brilliance
Wellington Paralympic star Mary Fisher was awarded the Swimmer of the
Year with a Disability at Swimming NZ Awards on Saturday following a
brilliant 2013 season winning five gold medals and one silver at the IPC
Swimming World Championships in Montreal.
The Awards followed a successful national
championship, which doubled as the official trial for the XX
Auckland swimmer Lauren Boyle was rewarded for her outstanding
performances over the past 12 months winning four major awards including
the overall Swimmer of the Year.
The 26 year old won three medals at the 2013 World Championships in
Barcelona and by year’s end was ranked third in the world over 800m
freestyle and sixth over 400m long course, and second in the world over
both distances short course.
Accordingly the United club swimmer was awarded the international long
course swimmer of the year, the national swimmer of the year and the
Billie Fitzsimmons Cup for individual international performance of the
year as well as the overall Swimming of the Year.
Looking to the future junior world champion Gabrielle Fa’auausili and
Wellington’s Emma Robinson shared the award for emerging swimmer of the
year, while Cara Baker is the open water swimmer of the year.
North Shore was the top performance club while Taranaki featured with
two awards – Okato was awarded the community club of the year and
Stratford’s Clive Wheeler the club coach of the year.
Learn to swim was recognised with Christchurch City Council awarded the
Quality Swim School of the Year and Makara Model School in Wellington
the State Kiwi Swim Safe school of the year.
Those out of the pool were acknowledged with Christchurch’s Lesley
Huckins the technical official of the year and Wellington’s Mark Berge
awarded volunteer of the year for his work with the regional performance
The full list of awards for 2013 is:
Emerging Swimmer: Emma Robinson (Capital, Wellington) and Gabrielle
Fa’amausili (Roskill, Auckland).
International long course swimmer: Lauren Boyle (United, Auckland).
National swimmer: Lauren Boyle.
Open water swimmer: Cara Baker.
Swimmer with a disability: Mary Fisher (Capital, Wellington)
Relay team: Men 4x100m medley (Gareth Kean, Glenn Snyders, Shaun
Burnett, Matthew Stanley)
Performance club: North Shore
Community club: Okato (Taranaki)
Volunteer: Mark Berge (Wellington)
Technical official: Lesley Huckins (Canterbury)
Quality swim school: Christchurch City Council (Swimsmart/Swinsafe)
State Kiwi Swim Safe School: Makara Model School (Wellington)
NZ Masters Swimmer: Richard Lockhart
People’s choice: Gabrielle Fa’amausili
Club coach: Clive Wheeler (Stratford, Taranaki)
Performance coach: David Lyles (SNZ, Auckland)
Best individual international performance (Billie Fitzsimmons Club):
Swimming New Zealand Swimmer of the Year: Lauren Boyle..
- Paralympics New
Medals aplenty for New Zealand Para-Cyclists in Mexico
New Zealand Para-Cycling team had the full contingent of 6 athletes (4
bikes) competing today at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships
Cyclists were pushed to the limit not only racing at altitude, but with
Velodrome temperatures tipping 400C. New Zealand had two tandems racing
on this the first day of competition. Pairings Emma Foy and Laura
Fairweather (Sighted Pilot) and Phillipa Gray and Kylie Young (Sighted
Pilot). Both tandems had been training well under the coaching tutelage
of Brendon Cameron, without any international Para-Cycling Track events
since the London 2012 Paralympic Games expectations were moderate. The
tandem duo of Foy and Fairweather were the first of the Kiwis to compete
in the Women’s B 3km Pursuit and left no one in doubt of their
intentions and performance capabilities by smashing the existing World
Record held by Phillipa Gray and Laura Fairweather by 8 seconds. The
English tandem who were always going to be a threat attempted to match
this but fell short only to leave Phillipa Gray and Kylie Young with the
opportunity to ride off for a medal later in the day. They had a superb
ride beating the English tandem out of 2nd place meaning the two New
Zealand Tandems would ride off later in the evening for Gold (Rainbow
Jersey) and Silver; quite a feat!
In the final of the Women’s tandem Foy & Fairweather lined up against
Gray & Young. Although the first 4 laps were close Foy & Fairweather
started to gradually move ahead eventually winning by a comfortable
margin and breaking their own World Record they had set only a few hours
Not to be overshadowed Prior debutant and talent transfer athlete Kate
Horan competed in the Women’s C5 Sprint Straight Final. Kate who is
coached by Jono Hailstone was coming into the event an unknown however
there was quietly confident in the days leading up to the race. This was
to be realised with Kate putting in a superb ride to finish second and
take home a Silver medal at her first major event – a World
Fiona Southorn was the other NZ athlete to compete – she did not figure
in the finish of the Women’s C5 500m TT however this is not a key event
for her. She will race on Sunday in the 3km Pursuit, the event with
which she won silver in London.
A great start to the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships with New
Zealand having 4 bikes racing and winning one Gold, one World Record and
two Silver medals.
- Paralympics New
Powerful Swimming Team
Named for Glasgow 2014
New Zealand will boast a powerful 16 strong swimming team for the XX
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, announced tonight by the New Zealand
The team includes six swimmers who qualified in individual events – four
able bodied and two para swimmers – and three relay teams. They comprise
the men’s and women’s 4x200m freestyle relays and women’s 4 x 100m
This compares to the 12-strong team for Delhi in 2010 which brought home
The team is led by triple world championship medallist Lauren Boyle and
five-time Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Pascoe. Boyle qualified in
the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle and as a member of the 4x200m
freestyle relay, while Pascoe, who won six IPC world titles last year,
will contest the 200m individual medley.
“We are delighted to have selected the 16 athletes for Glasgow 2014,”
said New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley, who was at
the New Zealand National Open Championships to name the team tonight.
“We look forward to seeing them excel at one of New Zealand’s favourite
sporting events and have no doubt that Glasgow will be a significant
milestone as they progress through to Rio 2016.”
Two para-swimmers earned selection in Pascoe and Te Awamutu teen Nikita
Howarth who won six medals between them at last year’s IPC World
“I am thrilled that Sophie and Nikita have been selected as part of the
team for Glasgow 2014,” says Jon Shaw, PNZ Head Performance Coach for
“The Commonwealth Games provides the opportunity for these two
inspirational Para-Swimmers to compete in a fully inclusive swimming
event as they build towards Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”
Swimming New Zealand High Performance Director, Luis Villanueva said
that the swimmers who have earned selection have produced a standard to
be competitive in Glasgow.
“Our qualifying standard was challenging but fair as we look to develop
swimmers who can compete at the highest levels on the world stage,”
“The team is built around the nucleus of swimmers who went to the world
championships last year and with further hard work in the next 14 weeks
I believe they all have the capability of being contenders for medals in
The team includes those who competed at London 2012 comprising Boyle,
Pascoe, Glenn Snyders, Matt Stanley, Tash Hind, Samantha Lucie-Smith,
Steven Kent and Dylan Dunlop-Barrett. Added to this are swimmers who
competed in last year’s world championship - Emma Robinson, Samantha
Lee, Mitchell Donaldson and Howarth.
The newcomers are Howick Pakuranga teenager Corey Main, currently on
scholarship at Florida University, Ewan Jackson (Howick Pakuranga) and,
competing in the 4x100m freestyle relay, Laura Quilter (North Shore,
Auckland) 4 x 100m freestyle relay and Ellen Quirke (Capital,
Lee and Jackson were included under the provision of a fifth swimmer for
each of the two qualified 4x200m freestyle relays, after their times,
added to the fastest three swimmers, was still under the qualifying
New Zealand has a strong history of swimming, winning a two silver
medals at the 1930 Edmonton (Canada) British Empire Games, the
forerunner to the Commonwealth Games.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games take place 23 July – 3 August. New
Zealand will have around 200 athletes at the games, competing in all 17
sports on the programme. Selections will be finalised in June.
The team is (and events in which they qualified):
• Lauren Boyle (United, Auckland) 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m
freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay
• Mitchell Donaldson (North Shore, Auckland) 4x200m freestyle
• Dylan-Dunlop Barrett (Coast, Auckland) 4x200m freestyle relay
• Tash Hind (Capital, Wellington) 4x200m freestyle relay
• Nikita Howarth (Te Awamutu, Waikato) para S8 100m freestyle
• Ewan Jackson (Howick Pakuranga, Counties Manukau) 4x200m freestyle
• Steven Kent (Coast, Auckland) 4x200m freestyle relay
• Samantha Lee (Capital, Wellington) 4x200m freestyle relay, 4 x 100
• Samantha Lucie-Smith (Capital, Wellington) 4x200m freestyle relay, 4 x
100 freestyle relay
• Corey Main (Howick-Pakuranga, Counties Manukau) 100m backstroke
• Sophie Pascoe (QEII, Canterbury) para S10 100m individual medley
• Laura Quilter (North Shore, Auckland) 4 x 100m freestyle relay
• Ellen Quirke (Capital, Wellington) 4 x 100m freestyle relay
• Emma Robinson (Capital, Wellington) 4x200m freestyle relay
• Matthew Stanley (Matamata, Waikato) 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle
• Glenn Snyders (North Shore, Auckland) 100m breaststroke, 200m
Note that swimmers may swim in other events for the Commonwealth Games.
- New Zealand Olympic
Cycling stars kick off at top international Para-Cycling event
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is looking forward to further exciting
Para-Sport activity this week as the New Zealand Para-Cycling team
compete in the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Mexico
from 10 – 13 April.
The small, but talented group of six athletes includes a number highly
experienced cyclists and new tandem combinations.
The team is headlined by Paralympic medallists Fiona Southorn and tandem
cyclists Phillipa Gray and Laura Fairweather (sighted pilot). Phillipa
and Laura took the trifecta at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with
outstanding performances that included a world record. Fiona won bronze
in the 3km Pursuit and was New Zealand’s first medallist in London.
This is the first World Track Championships since the London 2012
Paralympics and the gap year has given the opportunity for some
experimentation within the tandem combinations. Phillipa Gray will take
to the bike in the new pairing with pilot Kylie Young, who was formerly
the pilot for well-known Para-Cyclist Jayne Parsons. While Laura creates
an equally strong team with rookie stoker Emma Foy. Emma burst on the
scene in August last year winning a Bronze medal at the Road World
Championships in her first year of racing.
The sixth member of the team is one that is very familiar within
Paralympic sport. Former Paralympic track star and silver medallist
(2008) Kate Horan recently moved into cycling two years ago and is very
excited about competing her first World Championships.
The team will be lead by Head Performance Coach - Brendon Cameron. He
says, “We are quietly confident about this team as we believe we have
prepared very wisely for these Championships being held at altitude.” He
continues “This event was announced very late in the annual calendar and
with host city of Aguascalientes being set at 1880m above sea level we
had a very short time to develop a specific altitude training program.
Over the last five weeks we used some unique New Zealand resources that
we’ve never used before including the Snow Farm in Wanaka and Altitude
simulation labs throughout the country”.
- Paralympics New
Paralympic medallist hangs up his goggles
Triple Paralympic medallist Daniel Sharp has brought an end to his
outstanding Para-Swimming career.
The 26 year old visually impaired swimmer won three Paralympic medals
(two silver and one bronze) in consecutive Games at Athens in 2004,
Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
He placed fourth in the 100m breaststroke in last year’s IPC Swimming
World Championships which proved to be his final international meeting
In recent times Sharp, coached throughout his career by Simon Mayne,
split his time between Auckland and his current residence of Hamilton.
He started swimming when his parents enrolled him in lessons at a young
age. It was not until Sharp attended a Blind Sport competition in 2003
that Para-Sport became an option.
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) thanks Daniel for his inspirational
performances and ongoing professionalism. PNZ wishes Daniel all the best
for his future endeavours.
- Paralympics New
Para-Swimming National Development Coach
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is responsible for delivering the New
Zealand Paralympic High Performance and Development Swimming Programme.
The programme has enjoyed great success over the past five years at
Paralympic Games delivering six of New Zealand’s twelve medals at the
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games then building on this success to deliver
twelve of New Zealand’s seventeen medals at the London 2012 Paralympic
Games. In more recent times the programme recently won twelve gold
medals at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships.
With this success PNZ has experienced a significant growth of
Para-Swimmers throughout New Zealand and it is with excitement that due
the growth of the programme PNZ will employ a full time Para-Swimming
National Development Coach.
For more information about the role please
To apply please send your CV and application to
Applications close 5pm Friday 25 April 2014.
- Paralympics New
the athletes home at Auckland Airport:
Our Sochi 2014 Paralympians are coming home. Look out for them and make
some noise at Auckland International Airport.
Carl Murphy – 14:00 Tuesday 25
Corey Peters – 05:45 Wednesday 26 March. Departs Auckland 9.10am, flight
NZ5233 to New Plymouth
- Paralympics New
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games deemed a success for New Zealand team
As the curtain falls on a spectacular Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
the three-strong Kiwi team can look back with immense pride on winning a
silver medal and grabbing a trio of fourth place finishes to prove that
they can compete with the world's elite.
The Games were unquestionably a rip roaring success as more than 300,000
tickets were sold for the ten-day extravaganza – eclipsing the 230,000
sold in Vancouver four years ago, the previous Paralympic Winter Games
TV and online coverage reached an unprecedented high for the 11th
edition of the quadrennial event as millions were left spellbound by the
thrilling action in which more than 500 athletes battled for 72 sets of
medals across five sports.
A small but gifted New Zealand team came into Sochi with high
expectations led by Adam Hall, the defending Men’s Slalom Standing
champion and supported by Carl Murphy, one the world’s leading Snowboard
Cross riders – a sport making its Paralympic debut.
Yet it was to be Corey Peters, the third and least experienced of the
triumvirate, who was to prove the star of the team delivering a stunning
silver medal in the Men’s Giant Slalom Sitting – the final event on the
programme to involve a Kiwi athlete.
A target of two gold medals had been set for the New Zealand team in
Russia, and but for a combination of injury, illness and rank bad luck
in all likelihood they would have achieved their goal.
Adam was desperate to defend the Men’s Slalom Standing title he
memorably won four years ago in Vancouver, however, an ill-timed stomach
bug on the day of his specialist event badly hampered his chances and
the Wanaka-based athlete had to settle for seventh.
He bounced back some 24 hours later for the delayed second run of the
Super Combined and almost salvaged a medal from the Games, with a brave
super-G performance - but finished just 0.22 shy of bronze to take
A philosophical Adam expressed disappointment at just missing out on a
medal but pride in the way he performed in challenging circumstances.
“I’ve been happy with my level of performances, I had high hopes of
winning a medal in all events and to not win a medal is disappointing
but sometimes that’s ski racing,” adds Adam, who DNF'd in his other
event the Super-G.
“The organisers have done a great job to maintain the course and make
sure the events have gone ahead,” he adds. “The whole Games have been a
great experience. It has been a great challenge to try and get on the
podium, I’ve really enjoyed it and I will try to improve in the future.”
Carl, whose preparations were badly compromised after suffering a
fractured a knee and partially ruptured LCL in a December training
accident, was always likely to be a little undercooked coming into what
was his first competition of the season and so it proved.
Despite a two solid runs he finished a little way down on the three US
podium fillers and had to settle for fourth in the Men’s Snowboard Cross
The Lake Hawea resident who grew up in New Plymouth refused to use the
injury as an excuse for his performance and adds: “The chance to
represent my country at the highest level is a huge honour that I don’t
take lightly. I'm out of the podium, but it’s still fourth place in the
world at the highest level. I’m sure once I get back and reflect on it
it’s going to be one of those experiences I’ll never forget.
“All the people around the resort, the volunteers, the athletes from the
other nations and their coaches have been super-friendly. Having my
family here to watch me on the biggest stage – even though I didn’t
finish where I would have wanted – was very special.”
Yet the main plaudits should be reserved for Corey, who only started
competitive ski racing in 2011. After a classy first run in the Men's
Giant Slalom - which gave him a 0.53 advantage on his nearest pursuers -
the New Plymouth-raised but Wanaka-based sit-skier kept his nerve on the
second run to secure an outstanding silver medal.
It had been some Paralympic debut for Corey, who belied his world
ranking to also record a fourth place finish in the Super Combined,
sixth spot in the Super-G and a DNF in the Slalom – his least favoured
“I’m pretty blown away,” he said of taking a silver medal. “To be at my
first Paralympics and come away with a podium...talk about leaving the
best until to last. I’m really stoked with my achievement.”
Peters, who was given the honour of carrying the New Zealand flag for
the Closing Ceremony, describes his whole Paralympic experience as
“overwhelming” and he will cherish his Sochi memories.
“It’s been amazing seeing all these nations come together and unite,” he
explains. “A highlight for me was the Opening Ceremony knowing
potentially millions of people were watching me on TV. Coming out into
the arena with the Silver Fern on my chest must be a similar feeling to
what an All Black experiences when they run out on to the pitch.”
Paralympics New Zealand Chief Executive Fiona Allan viewed the Games as
an unmitigated success and another major step forward for the Paralympic
She insists the standard of Paralympic competition continues to rise and
consequently was delighted with the way the New Zealand team acquitted
“Our Winter Paralympians have performed exceptionally well in Sochi,”
she explains. “Corey Peters blitzed it to take silver in the Giant
Slalom. Yet the whole team have done a stunning job and I have been
extremely proud of all of them both on and off the slopes.”
- Paralympics New
Corey Peters wins Silver medal in Sochi -
Peters Interview -
Ashley Light Interview
New Zealand sit skier Corey Peters returned to the slopes of the Rosa
Khutor Alpine Centre on Saturday for the NZ team’s final event of the
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Having performed well above his
world ranking with a sixth place finish in Super-G and a fourth in the
Super-Combined, Corey Peters was looking for his best performance yet in
his favoured event, the Giant Slalom.
The Giant Slalom (GS) features wider, but fewer turns than the Slalom.
Medal places are contested over two runs but a skier must successfully
finish their first run to qualify for the second. Corey Peters was the
third racer to start in men’s sitting class.
World number one Switzerland’s Christoph Kunz and Canada's Josh Dueck,
winner of the previous day’s Super-Combined, were picked as names to
First sit-skier to race, Austrian Roman Rabl set the time to beat of
1:18.87 but the Kiwi flew calmly past, claiming the top spot with his
time of 1:18.10. And there Corey Peters remained at the end of run one.
Josh Dueck had crashed out, Christoph Kunz sat close on Corey’s heels,
0.53 off the pace with Roman Rabl 0.77 back in third and world number
two Georg Kreiter 1.06 off the lead in fourth.
The podium felt tantalizingly close but the pressure would be on. In a
sport where even the slightest mistake can mean failure to reach the
finish gates, Corey would have to make it home with another
exceptionally fast time to guarantee a medal.
The second course was set and racing got underway for run two. In alpine
ski racing the top 15 racers from run one start in reverse order, so
Corey would be the last racer to start.
Fourth placed skier from run one, Georg Kreiter took a tumble after
catching an edge putting him out of the running. Roman Rabl followed
next with a no holds barred approach, speeding down the course managing
to hold on to every high speed bump and turn. Christoph Kunz followed
with a more conservative style but was fast enough to take the lead.
Last to take to the course and with a Paralympic medal on the line,
Corey Peters laid down another convincing run, speeding through the
finish gates 0.47 off the leader and fast enough to claim the silver
“I’m pretty blown away really,” exclaimed Corey after the race. “To be
at my first Paralympics and come away with a podium… Talk about leave
the best to last. I’m really stoked with my achievement.
“You can never really expect the podium at this level but I knew I skied
well yesterday and it was just a matter of getting a good night’s sleep
and repeating it the following day which I’ve definitely done.
“Giant Slalom is the event I’ve had the most success with this season so
it’s definitely my strongest event and I was confident coming into it
knowing I can ski as fast as these guys.”
Corey described his first experience of the Paralympic Winter Games as
“phenomenal. It makes it even more special coming away with a medal.
Even if I didn’t have a medal I’d still be stoked but this is just the
icing on the cake.”
Chef de Mission Ashley Light praised Corey’s achievement calling it “an
“The guys have kept us on edge all week but all the hard work has come
to fruition at last.
“Expectations for Corey were top 10 and for him to go and get that
silver medal is just a fantastic result.
“Everyone was feeling really confident after yesterday’s result in
Super-G. Corey especially just knew what he had in him and just put down
the most amazing first run to put himself in contention. We’re
absolutely thrilled for him.”
- Paralympics New
Fourth places for Adam Hall and Corey Peters in Super-Combined -
Adam Hall Interview -
Following a long wait, the Super-G component of the Paralympic
Super-Combined event finally got underway at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics
Winter Games on Friday. The weather had played havoc with the
competition schedule on Tuesday and race organisers had been forced to
split the Super-Combined over two days, the Slalom completed on Tuesday
but racers having to wait until Friday to contest the Super G.
New Zealand’s Adam Hall would come into tonight’s competition in fourth
place in the men's Super-Combined Standing class. The Super-Combined
event includes both the technical discipline of Slalom and the Speed
discipline of Super-G. Adam’s speciality is the Slalom; only time would
tell whether he could put together a strong enough finish in the speed
race to lift himself into medal contention. Working against him were the
lasting effects of a stomach complaint which had seen him struggle
through the previous day’s Slalom race and finish outside the coveted
On the men's Super-Combined standing leaderboard, Russia's Alexey Bugaev
would start the Super-G in first with a slalom time of 50.30 while
Canada's Braydon Luscombe sat in second with a time of 52.17 and
Austria's Matthias Lanzinger in third after logging a 52.43. Adam Hall
had a starting time of 53.00.
Adam was the 12th racer to start and looked strong and fast through his
run, posting a combined time of 2:14.36 to put him into second spot
0.22s behind Australian Toby Kane. Matthias Lanzinger followed hot on
the Kiwi’s heels with a faster time to bump Adam into third place.
Canada’s Braydon Luscombe was the penultimate skier to race and crashed
midway through the course. New Zealand was in with a chance at the
medals but everything would rest on the Russian skier Alexey Bugaev,
still to come and already with four medals from four races at the Sochi
Seemingly unbeatable, the Russian once again flew home to take the win
in front of the home crowd, leaving Adam Hall in fourth place.
Men’s standing class super-combined Paralympic medals went to:
1: Alexey Bugaev (RUS) 2: Matthias Lanzinger (AUT) 3: Toby Kane (AUS)
“It definitely has been an interesting week,” reflected Adam Hall after
the race. “I guess I can say honestly, my personal goals were to medal
in all three events. I threw one of the chances away on the first
Super-G day when I was ahead at the splits so close to the finish and
came out. I was really happy on that day. I skied really well, out of my
skin. To finish up short was disappointing but at the same time I almost
kind of feel like I won a medal because I was skiing well and skiing in
a medal contention event which for me was amazing in the Super-G.
“Today I felt really good, I wasn’t really struggling but I just had to
put down another great run and I was a little bit slower than the other
day. I wasn’t as clean as I was the other day and maybe that came down
to a little bit of fatigue. To be two tenths off the podium in
Super-Combined after my slalom run the other day, I’m really happy with
my result today. I had a good chance at being on the podium today and I
just fell short. To still be in the mix and to be not far off the podium
to me is a good feeling.”
In the Sitting class, Austria's Roman Rabl would start the Super-G
holding strong atop the leaderboard with a time of 58.71. Germany's
Thomas Nolte was in second with a time of 59.25 and Austria's Philipp
Bonadimanni in third, having clocked a 59.42.
New Zealand’s Corey Peters had put together an exceptional performance
in the Super-Combined Slalom on Tuesday bringing home a sixth place
finish, well above his current world rankings of 22nd in the
Super-Combined and 34th in Slalom. The first time Paralympian favours
the speed over the technical disciplines so would look to up his game
even further in the Super-G.
With a start position midway through the field Corey flew through his
run posting a good time of 2:21.91. With one racer left to go, the New
Zealander was sitting in the bronze medal position. Roman Rabl took to
the course hoping to maintain his lead from the Slalom stage. His run
wasn’t fast enough to do that but it was just enough to bump Corey
Peters into fourth.
Coming into the Sochi 2014 Paralympics Corey’s goal had been to achieve
a top 10 finish, he was therefore more than happy to finish fourth
albeit not a podium spot.
“I’m really stoked with that result. Fourth place is definitely a good
achievement for your first Paralympics.”
Men’s sitting class super-combined Paralympic medals would go to:
1: Josh Dueck (CAN) 2: Heath Calhoun (USA) 3:Roman Rabl (AUT)
The final competition of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games for the
New Zealand team takes place on Saturday night (NZT) when Corey Peters
takes on the Giant Slalom.
“Giant Slalom is my favoured event,” says Corey. “I’m really looking
forward to that.”
Going by his recent form, it should be an exciting competition.
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Fourth place for Carl Murphy in Paralympic Snowboard Cross -
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Snowboarding made its Paralympic Winter Games debut in Sochi this
evening with New Zealander Carl Murphy proud to be a part of the
Carl, a below-the-knee amputee, competes in the snowboard cross
discipline and rides his snowboard with the help of a custom designed
carbon fibre prosthetic leg. At the Sochi 2014 Paralympics two medal
events would be contested for men and women in the SB LL class which
includes athletes with leg impairments.
Snowboard cross takes place on a man-made course constructed from a
variety of terrain features like bank turns, various types of jumps and
rollers. The race format at the Paralympic Winter Games allows each
athlete to complete three runs down the course with their finish time of
their best two runs determining the final results. There is only one
rider on the course at a time.
Carl Murphy has been dominant in the sport for several years and until
recently held a ranking of joint number one in the world. A knee injury
in December put him out of action for several weeks meaning that he did
not compete in the World Cups leading into the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.
Following a period of rehab Carl returned to snow feeling confident in
his ability despite some ongoing niggles with the knee.
Ahead of tonight's race USA's Evan Strong and Mike Shea were widely
touted as the ones to beat. Strong won the Paralympic Test Event in 2013
at which Carl Murphy won the bronze medal. Fellow American Mike Shea
also had potential to provide stiff competition having won the 2013-14
IPCAS Snowboard World Cup overall title last month.
Evan Strong and Mike Shea came out charging, setting times to beat
around the 52s mark with their first runs. New Zealand's Carl Murphy put
together a solid run but appeared to struggle for speed at times. After
the race he explained that the morning's training run had brought
"I had a crash in training this morning and I think that maybe threw me
a little bit. I couldn't quite put it together."
His first run time of 54.62s had him in third place before another
American rider Keith Gabel came home in 54.02 relegating the Kiwi to
The second run saw Carl post a faster time of 54.48s but with his main
rivals also upping the pace Carl would hold on to fourth place. Coming
into the third and final run the Kiwi really would have to fly to get in
amongst the medals.
"He was pushing hard for a faster time, it was always going to go one
way or the other, podium or crash," said Carl's coach Adam Dooney after
The podium it wasn't. Taking a corner too early Carl took a tumble early
on the course, falling out of medal contention in the process. His
confidence appeared shaken and he fell again on the way to the finish
While disappointed by the outcome of his day, Carl said that he was
still proud to have had the opportunity to compete at the Paralympic
Winter Games particularly given the injury impacted build up.
"The chance to represent my country at the highest level, that's a huge
honour that I don't take lightly. It's still fourth place. It's out of
the podium but it's still fourth in the world at the highest level. I'm
sure once I get back and reflect on it it's going to be one of those
experiences you never forget."
Carl Murphy finished in 4th place with the American riders taking a
clean sweep of the podium, Evan Strong in the gold medal position, Mike
Shea in silver and Keith Gabel bronze.
Competition follows immediately for the New Zealand skiers with Adam
Hall and Corey Peters contesting the Super-Combined Super-G shortly
after midnight tonight (Friday NZT).
The final competition of the Sochi 2014 Paralympics for the New Zealand
team takes place on Saturday night (NZT) when Corey Peters takes on the
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Adam Hall affected by stomach complaint, places 7th in Slalom
spring-like snow welcomed skiers in the men’s Slalom at the Sochi 2014
Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on Thursday
night. For New Zealand's Adam Hall, defending gold medallist from the
2010 Vancouver Paralympics, this would be the most anticipated event of
the Games so far. Unfortunately he would come into competition severely
affected by a stomach complaint and his performance would be
There was never any doubt that the battle for the top spot would be
hard-fought. Adam shares the number one world ranking with three others:
France's Vincent Gauthier-Manuel, Austria's Matthias Lanzinger and
Russia’s Alexey Bugaev. The Russian skier had placed first in the Slalom
component of the Super-Combined event on Tuesday and Austrian Matthias
Lanzinger third. The Frenchman Gauthier-Manuel would be eager to get
back on the podium after he was third in the downhill and fourth in the
Adam Hall would need to bring his best performance to the race track to
be able to defend his title. Suffering the effects of a stomach upset
since Thursday morning he would struggle to find his top form.
The Slalom event is contested over two runs and final placings
determined by the combined time. The course is re-set between the first
and second runs and racers must successfully finish their first run to
be able to start their second.
A factoring system allows Para-Alpine skiers to compete fairly against
each other in the same race despite different functional skiing levels
and medical issues.
New Zealand’s Corey Peters would also be in the mix in the men’s sitting
class. Although his strengths lie in the speed disciplines rather than
the technical Slalom, Corey had posted a sixth place finish in the
Super-Combined Slalom and would come into this event focused on
completing two clean runs.
The pace was blistering from the start, Vincent Gauthier-Manuel and then
Alexey Bugaev posting exceptionally fast times in the men’s Standing
class. Adam was the 13th racer to start in his class. His run was clean
but not fast enough to get near the top. His time put him into seventh
place, 3.02s off Bugaev’s lead after run one.
In the sitting class Corey started 28th of 41 skiers in his class.
Coming out of the gates with a confident start, he found a decent pace
before a mistake brought him almost to a complete stand still.
Continuing on he once again picked up his speed to finish in 16th, 7.21s
off the leader Dino Sokolovic of Croatia.
With the second course set, run two got underway under floodlights. Adam
was the ninth skier to start. Smooth and controlled through the top half
Adam made easy work of the first gates where others had struggled;
however a slight falter near the end cost him some time. Adam Hall would
finish is day in seventh place.
“Adam is obviously hugely disappointed but we are seeking medical
advice, both from Russia and New Zealand, and hope that he will be able
to make a swift recovery in time for the Super-G tomorrow (Sochi time),”
commented Ashley Light (Chef de Mission) after the race.
Paralympic medals in men’s standing class would go to Alexey Bugaev (RUS)
winning gold, followed by Vincent Gauthier-Manuel (FRA) and Alexander
Corey Peters finished the Slalom with a DNF after skiing out of the
course mid-way through his second run. With only 16 of the 41 starters
in this class finishing the course it was a challenging day on the snow
for the riders.
The next Kiwi in action at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games will be
snowboarder Carl Murphy who takes on the new Paralympic event of
Snowboard Cross at 7pm Friday NZT.
Adam Hall and Corey Peters will then contest the Super-G component of
the Super-Combined event early on Saturday morning (NZT).
The New Zealand team’s events will be livestreamed on
TVNZ will be the free-to-air broadcast partner providing news, highlight
packages and OnDemand content for the duration of the Sochi Games.
The teams schedule is available at -
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Kiwis battle challenging weather in Super-Combined event -
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Following their promising performances in the Super-G event at the Sochi
2014 Paralympic Games on Sunday, New Zealand Paralympians Adam Hall and
Corey Peters returned to the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on Tuesday ready
for action in the Super-combined event. Their first challenge, however,
would be the weather. With rain and fog reducing visibility on course,
competitors waited for close to four hours to see if conditions would
improve enough to allow the race to start. In its usual format the
Super-Combined event involves one run of a Super Giant Slalom (Super-G)
course followed by a single run of Slalom on the same day. Times from
the two runs are added together to determine the final results based on
Weather conditions in Sochi on Tuesday meant that organisers were forced
to change the event format, postponing the Super-G event until Friday
but still running the Slalom on Tuesday afternoon (Tuesday night NZT).
The combined event tests a skier's ability to handle both the speed
(Super-G) and technical (Slalom) aspects of alpine skiing. With only
just enough visibility to see the gates and on a very steep course the
skiers’ Slalom skills would be tested to their maximum and the attrition
rate would be high. Only those who successfully completed their Slalom
run would be able to start the Super-G run.
Para-alpine skiers compete in one of three classifications according to
their disability: visually impaired, standing and sitting. New Zealand’s
Adam Hall competes in the standing class and holds a current world
ranking of 18th in the Super-Combined. Corey Peters competes in the
sitting class and is currently ranked 22nd.
Men’s Standing Slalom
Putting behind him the disappointment of a DNF in the Super-G on Sunday
Adam was determined to put together two clean runs in the Super-Combined
starting out with his strongest discipline, the Slalom.
Holding his line through the rutted course and making a good recovery
after a falter on the lower section, Adam finished in a time of 53.00s,
2.7s of the leader, putting him into fourth position.
“It’s obviously really challenging and demanding when things happen like
that but I skied to the best of my ability considering the conditions,”
The drama behind the super-combined event lies in the fact that the
overall winner, with the fastest combined time, is not necessarily the
winner of either of the two individual runs. With the speed event still
to come there will be plenty of opportunity for a shake-up in the final
placings. Adam Hall will be looking to find the speed he displayed in
Sunday’s Super-G during which he posted some of the day’s fastest split
“The super-combined is designed to find the best overall skier, in speed
as well as technical,” explained Chef de Mission Ashley Light after the
race. “For Adam to be in that top five is pretty phenomenal in itself.
You’ve got to be in that space to be able to post (a podium result). The
way the courses are running at the moment with a lot of DNFs and
difficult conditions, certainly Adam’s well in the hunt for that top
Also battling for podium spots will be Austria's Matthias Lanzinger, the
reigning world champion in the event who sits in third place after
today’s race. Lanzinger will be itching for gold after winning silver in
super-G and taking fourth in the downhill.
Russia’s Alexey Bugaev currently sits in
first place with Canada’s Braydon Luscombe second.
Men’s Sitting Slalom
Competitors in the men’s sitting class were the last racers to take to
the course and faced the difficult task of keeping their speed in check
whilst being bounced around on the now very bumpy course.
“The sit skiers faced some of the toughest conditions you’re going to
find anywhere,” said Ashley Light.
Fewer than half the field would finish the course.
Corey Peters took a cautious but determined approach, picking his way
down the course and losing speed on the flatter section but ultimately
making it through the finish gates. His time of 1:03.24 puts him in 7th
place 4.53s off the leader, Austria’s Roman Rabl.
“It wasn’t anywhere near my cleanest Slalom I’ve done,” he commented
after the race. “I just knew I had to play it safe. Everyone was maybe
pushing it too hard for the conditions so I backed off a little bit and
just played it safe.
“That was my one goal (to finish the course). I just wanted to fight to
the end basically to give me that chance of getting a super-g run.” He
continues, “At the moment anything can happen at these games with the
conditions the way they are. I’m a little bit behind on the time but can
hopefully make that up in the super-g.”
Chef de Mission, Ashley Light praised Corey’s performance, particularly
given that Corey is a relative new-comer to the sport and prefers speed
to technical events. “It just goes to show what an amazingly skilled
athlete he is and the determination he has,” said Ashley Light. “He made
a couple of mistakes early in the piece, but fought his way back to get
down the hill.”
Germany’s Thomas Nolte currently sits in second place and Philipp
Bonadimann (AUT) in third.
The men’s and women’s Super-G races of the Super-combined have been
moved to Friday 14 March from 2pm-4pm Sochi time (11pm – 1am NZ time).
The New Zealand team will first compete in the Slalom event early on
Friday morning (NZ time). Adam Hall will be looking to defend the title
he earned at the Vancouver Games in 2010. He believes that today’s
competition will put him in good stead for the main Slalom event.
“We believe there’s more potential coming into the Slalom. The
conditions are going to stay pretty similar and not change so much. It’s
a matter of looking at today and moving forward into the Slalom and
making sure we can keep moving forward from a tactical point of view.”
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games continue until 16 March with 45
teams and 547 athletes competing.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games have already smashed significant
records for ticket sales and online visitors. So far, more than 300,000
tickets have been sold - eclipsing the previous record of 230,000 sold
in Vancouver four years ago.
The Games are also proving an online success with more people visiting
the IPC's website www.paralympic.org in the first 24 hours of the Games,
than the whole of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games which
spanned 10 days, underlining the growing appeal of the Paralympic Games.
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Sochi 2014 Paralympics already a record breaker
The Sochi 2014
Paralympic Winter Games may still be less than 48 hours old however they
have already smashed significant records for ticket sales and online
So far Sochi 2014 has sold 287,000 tickets, beating the previous record
set in Vancouver by 57,000 sales.
Yesterday 45,000 people visited the Olympic Park in the coastal cluster
and more than 2,000 people attended the evening medals ceremony in Rosa
The Games are also proving an online success with more people visiting
the IPC's website www.paralympic.org
in the first 24 hours of the Games, than the whole of the Vancouver 2010
Paralympic Winter Games which spanned 10 days.
By 13:00 MST on Sunday 9 March, nearly 85 per cent more people had
visited the IPC's website than they did four years ago, underlining the
growing appeal of the Paralympic Games.
Craig Spence, the IPC's Director of Media and Communications, said: "We
are delighted to break two significant records so early during Sochi
"The Organising Committee has done a great job in raising Paralympic
awareness which has helped ticket sales reach their record levels.
"The IPC website appears to be growing in popularity all the time.
During London 2012 we had the same number of visitors each day as we did
during the whole of the Beijing Games and this looks to be repeating
itself here in Sochi when compared to Vancouver.
"Although the visitor numbers for Sochi are slightly lower than what we
experienced during London 2012, they are record breaking for a winter
Visitors to the IPC website during Sochi 2014 can watch over 300 hours
of live HD action covering all five Paralympic sports, in addition to
taking in live results, previews, reviews and features.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will run until 16 March. A record 45
countries are taking part in 72 medal events across five sports - alpine
skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair
Kiwis prove themselves a force to be reckoned with in Paralympic Super-G
Competition began for the New Zealand team at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic
Winter Games on Sunday night with skiers Adam Hall and Corey Peters
taking on the Super Giant Slalom (Super-G) at the Rosa Khutor Alpine
Currently ranked sixth in the world in men’s Super-G in the standing
class and a three-time Paralympian, Adam Hall posted some of the day’s
fastest split times in his class, challenging the world top three for
the podium before ultimately suffering the disappointment of a DNF.
Sit-skier Corey Peters made it safely through his run to finish sixth in
his first Paralympic Games.
The sport of Para-Alpine Skiing employs a classification system to
ensure fair competition between alpine skiers with different types of
disabilities. The classifications are grouped into three general
disability types: standing, visually impaired and sitting. A factoring
system allows the three classification groupings to compete fairly
against each other in the same race despite different functional skiing
levels and medical issues.
Super-G is regarded as a speed event, in contrast to the technical
events giant slalom and slalom. Super-G has few turns and the gates are
spaced widely apart. Racers aim to take the fastest line with a
combination of speed and precise turning. In the Super-G racers have
only one run to post their fastest time.
Today’s race saw skiers challenged not only by a tight and technical
course but soft snow conditions slowing their speed.
Adam was the 15th racer to start in the standing class. All went well on
the top section with the Kiwi setting a good pace and the split times
putting him in contention for a podium spot. Hitting the rutted middle
section of the course he found himself bounced off his race line and
unable to hold on, losing his balance and posting a DNF.
“I felt really confident, really strong. I felt really happy about how I
was skiing. Unfortunately pretty close to the finish line I came out and
wasn’t able to finish.
“It was a little bit bumpy through that section and it was quite a
cranker of a turn going in but no excuses, it’s the same for everybody.
“This sets us up well for the super combined. I felt really good on the
hill, I was really happy with how my skiing was going but obviously I
need to get across the finish line to get the results we’re after.
“Today was obviously disappointing but we’ll take that forward and know
that we’re in there, we’ve just got to get across the finish line.”
Podium spots in the standing class went to the world-ranked top three
with Markus Salcher (AUT) in gold medal position, backing up his gold
medal in yesterday’s downhill event. Matthias Lanzinger (AUT) earned the
silver medal, Alexey Bugaev (RUS) bronze.
New Zealand’s Corey Peters finished his day in sixth place in the men’s
sitting class. For the first-time Paralympian who is currently ranked
15th in the world for Super-G, the day underlined the value of
“No matter what happens, whether you make a mistake or not, just fight
to the end,” he commented after the race. “As it’s proven today, half
the field has crashed out and I’m sitting in sixth. If you fight to the
end you never know what could happen.”
Corey made a mistake mid-way through his run applying a little too much
pressure on his turn, causing the bucket seat to touch the snow and slow
him down. Nevertheless, he was pleased with the overall result on a
“It went well, I’m obviously quite proud to be able to finish. It was
definitely a rodeo ride. Just to survive that course and coming down in
one piece is very pleasing. There were a couple of mistakes that I’m not
very happy about, but that’s ski racing.”
Japan’s Akira Kano and Taiki Morii claimed gold and silver with Canada’s
Caleb Brousseau in the bronze medal position.
Racing continues for the New Zealand team on Tuesday with Adam Hall and
Corey Peters competing in the Super-Combined from 7.50pm NZT.
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2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
7 March 2014
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games starts tomorrow
A small but quality New Zealand team dripping with podium potential are
poised to open their account at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
which officially bursts into action in Russia tomorrow (Saturday).
The three-strong team led by flag bearer Adam Hall, the defending men’s
alpine skiing slalom standing champion, will all attend tomorrow’s
glittering Opening Ceremony which begins at 5am (Saturday) at the Fisht
Adam is joined on the New Zealand team by Paralympic debutants Carl
Murphy - one of the leading para snowboard cross standing riders in the
world – and sit-skier Corey Peters, whose busy schedule will see him
compete across four events.
Expectations are high that the well prepared trio can secure two medals
and go one better than the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics when Adam
memorably struck gold in the slalom despite taking a mid-race tumble in
his second run.
Dunedin-born Adam, who is now based in Wanaka, will be the first Kiwi in
action in Sochi competing in the men’s super-G standing on Sunday.
Adam, 26, whose mother, Gayle, tragically died in a car accident just a
month after striking gold in Vancouver, will then compete in the super
combined event – which takes place across Tuesday and Wednesday 11 – 12
March - before concluding his competitive programme in Sochi with the
defence of his slalom title on Friday 14 March.
Among Hall’s main rivals will be 2013 World slalom and giant slalom
champion Vincent Gauthier-Manuel of France, Russia’s 2013 world silver
medallist in giant slalom and super combined Alexey Bugaev and Austrian
Matthias Lanzinger, a former able-bodied World Cup podium finisher who
later switched to Para-Sport after a leg amputation.
In fact, the South Islander, who was born with spina bifida, believes
the quality of his opposition is at an all-time high.
“I don’t think we’ll see what we saw in Vancouver (where Adam held such
a buffer after the first leg he could even fall in the second leg and
get back to his feet to win gold),” explains Adam. “Many of the
competitions are being decided by hundredths of second - that’s what
keeps it really exciting.
“We have an opportunity (to perform at the Paralympic Games) every four
years and get a chance to put in our best performance and represent our
“Right now, I’m focusing on the process of that then the results will
follow. If I do, I‘ll be rewarded with a podium spot.”
Carl, a below the knee amputee, is also hopeful he can flourish when he
competes in the para snowboard cross, a sport which makes its Paralympic
debut in Sochi. Currently ranked joint third in the world he sees his
strongest challenge coming from the leading US trio of Evan Strong,
Keith Gabel and Michael Shea.
“The three Americans and I have been battling for those podium positions
over the past couple of seasons and we'll all be jostling for that one
spot,” adds Carl, whose preparations were dealt a blow when he suffered
a knee fracture in a training accident in December.
Nonetheless, the New Plymouth born Lake Hawea resident, who was ranked
No.1 in the world before his injury, believes top spot on the podium is
a possibility when he competes on Friday March 14.
“My eyes are still firmly on gold,” he adds. “That is what I’ve been
pushing for the last 18 months.”
Corey, who was paralysed after a motocross accident five years ago,
opens his busy schedule on Sunday in the super-G before competing in the
super combined on Tuesday-Wednesday 11 - 12 March.
He then switches his focus on to the slalom on Friday 14 March before he
concludes his demanding schedule with the giant slalom, where he is
world ranked No.11, on Saturday 15 March.
Only taking up the sport in 2010, the sit-skier, who hails from New
Plymouth but now lives in Wanaka, has enjoyed a meteoric rise and a
positive run of recent results has led to a re-setting of his goals.
“I’ve always said a top ten in each event would be awesome,” says Corey,
30, whose preferred events are the giant slalom and super-G. “But after
the last few World Cup events and the fact my times have improved - a
top five or six spot is achievable. If I was to do that it would be
pretty awesome, considering I'm a newbie at my first Games.”
The three-strong team are currently based in the Athletes’ Village in
preparation for competition and Adam has settled in quickly to his new
“My first impression is that the Village is going to be a great place to
live,” he explains. “All the facilities, transport etc are close to our
‘Kiwi zone’ and the guys have done a great job making our space feel
like home,” he explains.
The Chef de Mission of the New Zealand team, Ashley Light, says the
athletes are raring to go.
“The mood in the camp is one of excitement,” says Ashley “The athletes
have high expectations of themselves and in turn so do the support staff
and coaches. The Village is extraordinary. We have no real issues,
friendly staff and a can do attitude. We are looking forward to
competing. It’s what we do best.”
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Adam Hall named Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games flag bearer for New Zealand
Paralympics New Zealand has named Adam Hall as the NZ team flag bearer
at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games in Russia. A three-time Paralympian (Torino
2006, Vancouver 2010 and now Sochi) Adam will be seeking to win a second
gold medal after his dramatic slalom performance in Vancouver.
Since the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics Adam has consistently achieved
World Cup podium results. Adam posted four World Cup wins in 2012, and
2013 saw two World Cup wins and one World Cup bronze medal. In the 2014
Northern Hemisphere season to date he has achieved seven podium spots at
Adam is a senior athlete and epitomises all that is good in sport in New
Zealand and on the international stage. He is a true professional and a
role model to the team, other Paralympians and able-bodied athletes.
Adam says, “It is obviously a great honour to be selected to represent
our country at the Paralympic Winter Games and I have been fortunate to
attend two previous games.” He continues, “You dream of being the flag
bearer and maybe, if you are lucky, this happens once in your career as
an athlete. This will be the second time I will carry the flag for the
NZ and the team here in Sochi and I am humbled and excited about doing
it, keep an eye out for a very active flag during the march.”
The team, including athletes Corey Peters and Carl Murphy, is excited
about the opening ceremony and looking forward to starting competition.
Led by Adam Hall, carrying the New Zealand flag, the New Zealand
Paralympic Winter team will be dressed in the traditional black and
white. In homage to the Russian people, and somewhat unusually among
teams here in Sochi, the New Zealand team’s uniform will also feature
the words ‘New Zealand’ written in the Cyrillic alphabet.
Ashley Light (Chef de Mission) said the athletes are looking forward to
the opening ceremony tonight. “We’re delighted all of the athletes in
Sochi can march. They’ll be proud to march behind our flag and share in
the experience of what is expected to be a magnificent opening
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6 March 2014
Paralympian ready for Sochi 2014
Besides gold medal hopefuls Adam Hall and Carl Murphy, the third member
of New Zealand's Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games team in Russia is
also hoping to make an impression. Rising sit-ski star Corey Peters is
an athlete who is rapidly earning a big reputation.
Corey Peters is the man who put the meteor into meteoric. Just
two-and-a-half years since his maiden sit-ski experience, the New
Plymouth raised athlete is not only on his way to the Sochi 2014
Paralympics, but gunning for a top six spot. Despite his lack of
experience, the Kiwi – who is entered in the slalom, giant slalom, super
G and super combined events - has impressed experienced observers with
his whole-hearted dedication and natural ability. It has been some
Sport has played a central role for as long as Corey can remember. Good
enough to play age-group cricket and rugby – as a half-back - for
Taranaki he also had a passion for surfing and later motocross.
Introduced to the two-wheeled motor sport through his younger brother he
quickly started to compete, but it was during an event in Taupo in
September 2009 when his life changed forever. On an unfamiliar course he
badly misjudged a jump and the bike struck the ground some 10m beyond
the landing slope. “The suspension on the bike just bottomed out and as
I did so my spine compressed and blew out the vertebrae,” explains
Corey, who immediately knew the accident was serious. “I had lost all
function from the waist down and I instantly lost my sense of balance.
Once the adrenaline wore off after a couple of minutes it felt like
someone had cut me in half with an axe.”
Corey was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital and was informed that the
vertebrae was badly damaged, crushing the spinal cord by 80 per cent. He
underwent surgery to put the spine into place and rods were inserted
into the back. Yet the enormity of the accident only hit home after he
was transferred to Burwood Spinal Unit in Christchurch. It was here the
spinal specialist explained to the then active 26-year-old he might not
be able to walk again. “I didn't know much about paralysis, being in a
wheelchair and what life was going to be like,” explains Corey on being
told the news. “It was very upsetting. I didn't want to believe it.”
Shortly afterwards a long-term relationship ended that “multiplied” the
anguish and uncertainly he was feeling. He fell into a rut. Sport was to
prove his saviour.
He worked hard on trying to get the function back into his legs.
Specialists advised Corey that the first two years were the most likely
for nerve recovery. He underwent regular physiotherapy worked hard and
the function improved. He found he could move around over short
distances on crutches without the aid of leg braces.
He tried his hand at wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball, but
his life was to change after he was invited to a sports expo in his
hometown of New Plymouth 12 months after the accident. There he met a
guy named Ian Rowe who owned a sit-ski. He was intrigued. He later
bought one and tried it out for the first time in August 2011. It was a
moment which would transform his life. “I liked the independence of
skiing,” explains Corey, who had ridden a snowboard half-a-dozen or so
times previously when able-bodied. “I was not restricted in anyway. I
also liked that extreme appeal. In that way it was a little bit like
motocross. I could fly down a mountain at 80mph reaching some pretty big
A passionate surfer pre-accident he found the balance and co-ordination
he had honed in that sport was a perfect fit for skiing. Coupled with
this, the small amount of function in his legs gave him additional
control of his pelvis and hips, essentially tools used to steer the ski.
Both combined to equip him with the skills to succeed. He quickly sought
out active competition. He impressed, winning his first competition at
the Para-Snowboard Winter Games at Cardrona in 2011.
After basing himself at Winter Park in Colorado for his first full
season in 2012-13 he returned to New Zealand last year and posted a
series of impressive results in World Cup events. He grabbed a gold and
a bronze medal in the super-combined and super-G events at Mount Hutt
and silver in the slalom at Coronet Peak. Training alongside New
Zealand's Vancouver 2010 Paralympic gold medal-winning skier Adam Hall
and sharing the same coach, American, Scott Olsen, the rookie skier's
development has progressed at a staggering pace. Based for part of the
year up at the National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park,
Colorado, Corey insists that technical gains particularly better
“timing” into the turns has contributed to his recent improvement. His
overall strength and fitness particularly with core muscles – the
principal muscles which power the sit-ski – have also developed.
Yet his mental approach – which he has worked on with the help of High
Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ) mental skills trainer Pete Sanford – has
also played its part. “In my first year competing I was really nervous,”
he explains. “I wanted to do well and put a lot of pressure on myself.
The skills probably weren't there back then, but now I have them a
little more I've learned to cope with the pressure. I'm not fixated on
results. I'm just working on trying to do a good clean run. In this way
the results will look after themselves.”
This has been born out with his final pre-Sochi World Cup outing in
Copper Mountain in the USA in January when the talented Kiwi produced
what he believes was the best performance of his career. In a loaded
field, which included the top Japanese racers, (Note, these skiiers did
not compete in the World Cup events in New Zealand) he finished second
in the giant slalom. It was a massive breakthrough. “We raced two giant
slaloms (that's two runs per race totalling four runs) over the week
there (in Copper Mountain) and I ended up winning two of the runs
outright,” adds Corey, who finished tenth in the giant slalom at the
2013 World Championships in Spain. “For me, to beat these guys who are
viewed as the best in the world was pretty awesome. It gives me huge
confidence for Sochi. “If you look at the times I was racing at the
World Championships (twelve months ago) I was quite a way off first
place, but now I'm within a second of first place. “Sochi is going to be
really exciting. I can't wait to see how it goes and to give of my
So what does Corey – a qualified cabinet maker and boat builder -
believe he can achieve in Russia?
“I’ve always said a top ten in each event would be awesome,” says the
man whose preferred events are the giant slalom and super-G. “But after
the last few World Cup events and the fact my times have improved - a
top five or six spot is achievable. If I was to do that it would be
pretty awesome, considering I'm a newbie at my first Games.”
For the 30-year-old Taranaki man skiing has offered him the freedom and
opportunity he never thought he would ever experience. “It was really
hard for me to adjust for the first couple of years after the accident,”
he candidly admits. “I was thinking my life was over and I had nothing
to look forward to. Being introduced to skiing helped turn the tables. I
now appreciate what I have got and try to enjoy every moment. To see all
these places and mountains is not really what I expected. I'll take it.
It is an awesome life.”
Corey Peters - My Favourite things
Band – Mumford and Sons
TV show – Nature documentaries
App – The banking app
Piece of Kit – My sit-ski
Food – Japanese
Drink – Orange juice
Car – Audi
Piece of Clothing – Jeans
Rival – Taiki Morii
Film – The Shawshank Redemption
Other Sport – Surfing
Paralympics New Zealand
5 March 2014
Paralympic debut could prove inspirational...
New Zealand's adaptive snowboard cross gold medal hopeful Carl Murphy is
confident he can shrug off the anguish of an untimely injury and the
personal pain of a seriously ill father to strike gold at the Sochi 2014
Paralympic Winter Games.
Murphy, a below the knee amputee, who has a ranking of joint No.1 in the
world at the end of the 2012-13 season, suffered the trauma of his
father, Peter, suffering a major stroke in October. Coupled with that in
the week leading up to Christmas, Murphy overshot a jump and flat landed
in training. He fractured his tibial plateau and partially ruptured the
LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) in the accident and has been in a race
to regain full fitness ahead of the biggest competition of his life.
“My dad had a brain aneurysm that ruptured and post-surgery he suffered
a major stroke,” explains Murphy of his father’s medical trauma. “He was
in intensive care for a month and it was touch and go whether he’d make
it. To see him that sick was hard to take.” Thankfully, his
Auckland-based father is making progress. He has regained “a little bit
of speech” and “got some movement back in the side of his body.”
Murphy - one of three New Zealand athletes selected for Sochi 2014
Paralympics - the others being Vancouver 2010 Paralympic gold medal
winning skier Adam Hall and debutant sit-skier Corey Peters - suffered a
massive jolt to his preparations with the knee injury. The athlete, who
shares his time between Wanaka and Frisco, Colorado, has worked for
three to four hours a day in the gym in an effort to accelerate the
recovery process and returned to the snow earlier this month (February)
after a seven-week period on the sidelines.
“It was a blow at the time to pick up the injury and it is obviously not
ideal,” says Murphy, who will feature in the snowboard cross, which
makes its debut appearance at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics. “All I can do
is focus on what I need to do. I guess it would have been good to have
raced at a World Cup level (in recent weeks) but they (my rivals)
haven't had the chance to see me either, so that probably works in my
favour.” He continues, “The recovery is going well. I'm back on the snow
and slowly building up and getting a feel for the snow. Every week I'll
be setting little milestones.”
Murphy started snowboarding regularly in his early 20s but only decided
to start competing in 2007 - at the age of 27. “Just to see what was out
there.” After winning the New Zealand national title in 2007 he decided
to give the 2008 US Championships a crack and impressed, winning a
silver and bronze in the giant slalom and slalom. Despite falling in his
very first Snowboard cross race at that same competition he was hooked
on the high speed event which combines the very best elements of both
alpine and freestyle snowboarding.
In 2009 Murphy was selected for the NZ Snowboard team and quickly carved
out a reputation as one of the world's best in his discipline. Yet it
was only after learning in May 2012 the sport had been included in the
Winter Paralympics programme did his career take on a different shape.
“I was looking at maybe doing one more season before retiring, but the
news changed my focus,” says Carl, whose son Oliver was born in early
2011. “I set some clear goals. It was to not only go to the (Sochi 2014
Paralympics) Games, but I was going to win.”
After the news broke of the sport's inclusion in the Sochi 2014
Paralympics, Murphy quickly met up with Snow Sports NZ and High
Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ) staff to organise a clear performance plan
in the countdown to Sochi. Every element to his training and lifestyle
was scrutinised in an effort to improve his chances of winning gold. His
training-volume was sizably increased. Murphy’s nutritional intake was
re-analysed, a clear medical programme introduced and he was given
access to a sports psychologist. It was a demanding change for the
“The biggest problem I had was time management,” explains Murphy of the
new regime. “I was trying to manage my training, family time and also
work part time. I'm not really one to be organised. Aleisha, my wife,
was like a manager to me in some ways. She had a diary and made sure I
attended all my appointments.”
Over the past two years Carl has become a consistent winner of World Cup
medals and last year he was crowned Snow Sports NZ Athlete of the Year.
“ He insists he has developed massively as a rider over the past 18
months with major gains being made on his psychological approach thanks
to his work with HPSNZ mental skills trainer Peter Sanford.
“I do a lot more visualisation,” adds the New Plymouth raised
snowboarder. “I visualise my race the night before and when I'm on the
lift before runs, which makes everything so much clearer when I'm
riding. Now everything seems to flow a lot better. I can make that
connection between the body and the mind.”
Last year Murphy collected a bronze medal in the Test event in Sochi and
he does not expect to be fazed by the conditions he is likely to face on
his Winter Paralympics debut.
“It is similar to New Zealand in that it is quite humid and variable,”
he explains. “We are used to that as Kiwis whereas the American riders
are used to sunny days and quite dry snow.”
He says he is among “ten possible medallists’ on the day in which riders
are timed over three runs with the top two runs contributing to an
overall time which determine the medals. However, he insists the
American trio of Evan Strong, Keith Gabel and Michael Shea will present
his toughest challenge when the Games launch on March 7. “The three
Americans and I have been battling for those podium positions over the
past couple of seasons and we'll all be jostling for that one spot,”
adds Murphy whose wife, son and English-based mother will be attending
the Games. “My eyes are still firmly on gold,” he adds. “That is what
I’ve been pushing for the last 18 months. “I know my dad would say,
‘don’t worry about me just go and do what you have to do.’ So that
reassured me, what I am doing is right.”
Carl Murphy - My Favourite things
Band – Pearl Jam
TV show – SKy Sport
App – Pandora
Piece of Kit – my leg
Food – Mexican
Drink – chocolate milk
Car – Audi
Piece of Clothing – cap
Rival – Mike Shea
Film – Team America
Other Sport – Fly Fishing
Paralympics New Zealand
4 March 2014
Inspiration and planning drives
Adam Hall is all set to defend his standing slalom title in the 2014
Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia. Should he do so he will have a
large army of support staff to thank for what has been a carefully
engineered four-year plan.
If ever a story epitomised the virtues of Kiwi hard work and ingenuity
it is that of Adam Hall.
Four years ago, at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics, the then 22-year-old
survived a mid-race fall in his second run to dramatically strike gold
in the standing slalom event.
At that time, the man who was raised on the family’s dairy farm in
Outram on the Taieri Plains, lauded his success as a victory based
chiefly on perspiration. This time around should he mount a successful
defence of his title he hopes a large dollop of inspiration will have
“I believe Vancouver was achieved on hard work and a good Kiwi
attitude,” explains Adam of his 2010 triumph. “Yet after Vancouver we
looked at my body and discussed what we needed to do to be able to
continue for another four years. The training hasn’t changed too much,
just the way we have gone about it. We still work hard but we are a lot
smarter in our thinking.
In short, the South Islander has taken on board another Kiwi trait
familiar to many – ingenuity.
Working with a large and talented support team, Adam has left no stone
unturned in his quest for gold. Video analysis, strength and
conditioning, nutrition, biomechanics and a variety of others areas have
been closely scrutinised in an effort to trim those extra hundredths of
a second so critical on the mountain.
It is the appliance of science with a large Kiwi imprint.
“The great thing about adaptive sport is everyone is completely
different,” explains Adam who was born with spina bifida. “Everyone has
their own equipment to suit their own ability. That’s what adaptive
sport is all about. It is about being adaptive to your own needs. We
decided after Vancouver to go back to the drawing board, look at my body
and decide what I specifically needed to go faster.”
The whole process was methodically worked through with the first step a
detailed physical evaluation of Adam’s body with the help of Vanessa
Trent of Precision Physiotherapy – an accredited provider for High
Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ). She assessed the Otago athlete’s strength
and overall fitness with another brief to ensuring that Adam’s body
would not be irreparably worn out by the demands of training.
With the detailed physical analysis of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic
gold medallist now in place the next issue was to address the question
of equipment and technique married with the individual make up of Adam’s
One area ripe for development was the outriggers or “elbow crutches”
which provide assistance with balance and propulsion out of the gate –
which had barely changed on terms of their design and construction for
the past 30 years.
Another area which Adam and his team believed demanded attention was his
AFO’s (ankle foot orthoses) which had historically been designed to act
as a support to the disability rather than allowing him to be in the
optimum position to perform to his best.
Using Orthotics SI – the Christchurch-based company experienced in
manufacturing AFO’s (Ankle Foot Orthoses) – a Mark 1 version was
designed. However, as the normal casting process for a new AFO required
Adam to be on site for each individual mould – not easy when trying to
modify and with Adam’s training requirements which involves him sharing
his time between Wanaka and Winter Park, Colorado.
To overcome the problem Adam’s leg was digitally scanned in 3D and a new
3D model was developed that could be used to design new supports. The
cutting edge Christchurch firm ARANZ Medical Ltd – whose 3D scanning
expertise helped NASA explore Mars were brought on board.
Using the very finest technology available a ‘Virtual Adam’ was created
to help predict biomechanical alignment of Adam’s lower limbs. From this
the splints and orthoses to support the ideal position for his legs was
created. Dynamic Composites then created a replica set for Adam’s legs
“The AFO’S are a lot lighter than what I skied with before,” explains
Adam. “They now work in a way and at the same angles of how my knees,
ankles and hips flex, whereas before they worked against my body.”
Meanwhile, a new set of state-of-the-art outriggers were designed by
Milton Bloomfield at Dynamic Composites – a man who had previously
worked with America’s Cup team and Sarah Ulmer the 2004 Olympic cycling
champion. Bloomfield and his team designed a pair of jet black carbon
fibre outriggers. Although much of the science behind the outriggers is
of a sensitive nature – Adam is excited by the innovation.
“My outriggers and a lot different to the traditional,” explains Adam,
who will be skiing with the third upgraded design from Dynamic
Composites in Sochi. “They are more dynamic and lighter and work against
my shoulder. Let’s just say the technology has allowed me to work more
productively on snow. The equipment now works for me rather than against
Yet Adam’s drive and ambition to defend his title in Sochi has extended
way beyond his equipment and technological changes.
Shifting from northern to southern hemisphere winter – this is currently
Adam’s 20th successive winter – his training under the supervision of
his US coach Scott Olson has also undergone an overhaul.
He has adopted a more measured, targeted approach to training, which he
hopes will pay dividends in Sochi.
“I now put in some really good blocks of training and then I will back
off, rather than grinding away all the time,” he explains. “It is about
good periodisation and quality over quantity and getting as much out of
your training as you can. When I look back at Vancouver I was probably
grinding away all of the time, whereas as I’ve now become more focused
on tactics and techniques. This has helped me perform to a higher
His nutrition – working alongside HPSNZ nutritionist Caz Cruden - has
also undergone a revolution.
He has shed 10kg in weight thanks to a combination of a well educated
nutritional plan, good discipline and work in the gym and believes his
current weight of 75kg is ideal to maximise speed without losing power
on the slopes.
“It is about being smart around your training with protein and carbs,”
he explains of his nutrition. “It is also about having replacement
nutrition and being able to replenish and rebuild by fuelling the body.
Being this light has helped me become more dynamic on the hill and it
has helped me create a lot more angles, because the loss of fat is quite
Thanks to the hard, innovative and professional work put in by his team,
Adam, who took up skiing aged six, goes into Sochi in good heart.
Besides the slalom his specialty event – he is now a more rounded skier
who also hopes to be in medal contention in the super combined (he
currently has a world ranking of 18) and super-G (he is currently world
ranked No.6) disciplines, too.
The competition at the sharp end has also improved. It is not seconds or
even tenths of seconds that separate the top standing slalom skiers, but
hundredths of seconds. Standing in his way to potentially retaining his
title will be home favourite Alexey Bugaev and three-time Paralympic
medallist Vincent Gaulthier-Manuel of France. Another danger will be
former able-bodied World Cup super-G podium finisher Matthias Lanzinger
of Austria, who suffered a leg amputation following a sickening crash
and is now excelling in disability sport.
“It is going to be really competitive,” adds Adam. ‘I don’t think we’ll
see what we saw in Vancouver (where Adam held such a buffer after the
first leg he could even fall and get back to his feet to win gold). Many
of the competitions are being decided by hundredths of second - that’s
what keeps it really exciting. That is something I really thrive off.”
Yet for Adam, who tragically lost his mother, Gayle, in a car accident
just one month after winning gold in Vancouver, the aim and ambition is
the same as always.
“We have an opportunity (to perform at the Paralympic Games) every four
years and get a chance to put in our best performance and represent our
country,” he explains. “Right now, I’m focusing on the process of that
then the results will follow. If I do I‘ll be rewarded with a podium
With a sprinkling of Kiwi ingenuity and a large dollop of hard work
anything is possible.
Adam Hall – My Favourite things…
TV show - Mrs Browns Boys
App - My GPS Speedo
Food - Kiwi roast
Drink - Blue Powerade
Career moment - Winning gold in Vancouver
Piece of equipment – My skis
Film – The World’s Fastest Indian
Rival – Anyone from Australia
Other sport - Rugby
Car – Hyundai Santé Fe.
Paralympics New Zealand
4 March 2014
Duane Kale named as a torchbearer for Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Duane Kale was today announced as one of 34 torchbearers who will
represent the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the Sochi 2014
Paralympic Winter Games Torch Relay on 6 and 7 March.
He says, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to carry the torch in
the lead up to the opening of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.” He
continues, “Although board duties will take up a good portion of my time
in Sochi, I am particularly looking forward to seeing the Kiwi's
competing on the slopes.”
Duane is best known as an outstanding Paralympic swimmer who won six
medals (4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze) and broke four world records at the
1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. He continued his involvement in
Paralympic sport as Chef de Mission of the New Zealand team at Beijing
2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games
The 10-day long Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay started on 26 February
and, by the time of the Opening Ceremony, will have passed through 46
cities in each different Russian region and involved 1,500 torchbearers.
On 5 March, the eighth day of the relay, the Paralympic Flame will be
created at a special uniting ceremony before the Torch Relay embarks on
a final 48 hours around the host city.
Duane will be representing the IPC Governing Board in his status as a
Member at Large in the Torch Relay, along with President Sir Philip
Craven, Vice President Andrew Parsons and other Members at Large Patrick
Jarvis, Kyung-Won Na, John Petersson and Chairperson of the IPC
Athletes’ Council Todd Nicholson.
IPC Life President Bob Steadward will also be involved as will the UN’s
On 1 March, the first ever international leg of a Paralympic Torch Relay
took place in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, in recognition of the
town as the spiritual birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. For all
future editions of the Games, Stoke Mandeville and Great Britain will
host a leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay and as a result they will be
represented in Sochi by four torchbearers, led by British Paralympic
Association President Tim Reddish.
The final IPC places in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay have been
awarded to IPC Worldwide Paralympic and International Partners, as well
as supporters of the Agitos Foundation, including IPC Honorary Board
member Hassan Ali Bin Ali.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic torch was developed by a team of famous
Russian designers and engineers. The torch weighs about 1.8 kg and has a
length of 95 cm, is blue and has a base that is light "metallic" silver.
The concept of the urban Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Cauldron resonates
with the concept of the torch and is implemented in an identical style.
The height and width of the cauldrons are 130cm and 60cm, respectively.
The foundation is 110cm. These cauldrons will be installed in all the
cities along the route of the Sochi 2014 Relay.
The Relay will conclude at the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games
at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on 7 March.
Paralympics New Zealand
Martlew Grabs Medals at 2014 ICF Oceania Canoe Sprint Championship
The Kiwis have certainly made an impression at the ICF Oceania Canoe
Sprint Champs in Sydney over the weekend - the juniors impressive medal
haul eclipsing the Aussies in the U18 division.
The brightest star would have to be Kurtis Imrie who has gathered an
impressive three golds and a silver in this competition – gold in the K1
1000m and 200m plus the K4 1000m with team mates Quaid Thompson, Taris
Harker and Toby Brooke, plus silver in the K2 1000m with Taris Harker.
Not to be outdone, Open para paddler Scott Martlew claimed medals in all
three of his K1 races – two Oceania Golds in the 500m and 1000m and a
Silver in the 200m. Arch rival Brock Ingram settled for second in the
first two races but managed to pip Scott in the 200m by just 0.01 of a
The women’s races saw some good results in the team boats with Bronze
being the colour of the day – Briar McLeeley and Britney Ford finishing
in third in the K2 500m and their K4 500m with team mates Bronwyn Larsen
and Elise Legarth.
The team is thrilled with the overall results featuring 16 A-finals,
five Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals. The future is certainly
looking bright for our young Kiwi paddlers.
Canoe Racing New Zealand
3 March 2014
Junior Disability Games - Cambridge
The Junior Disability Games (previously called the Independence Games)
will be held in Cambridge between the 25 – 27 April 2014 and will
include the sports of: Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball,
Boccia, Rowing (indoor), Waka Ama, Water Safety, Cycling and Triathlon.
The Junior Disability Games aims to provide high quality sporting
opportunities for physically disabled young people, including visually
impaired people (8-17 years at the time of the Games), providing some
with a stepping stone towards the Paralympic Games.
For more information and the entry form visit
Junior Disability Games
28 February 2014
Swimming New Zealand takes Commonwealth Games Trials live
Swimming New Zealand will up their profile with April’s State New
Zealand Open Championships to be broadcast live.
SKY Television will screen the four days of the championships live from
the Westwave Aquatic Centre in Henderson, Auckland from 8 to 11 April,
which doubles as the official trial for the Commonwealth Games and Pan
Swimming New Zealand CEO Christian Renford said the move to live
television coverage is an important step up for the sport.
“SKY and Swimming New Zealand have been partners for the last few years
with delayed coverage of our championships,” said Renford.
“We want to take that to a new level and to profile our swimmers and our
“We have made huge strides as an organisation and obviously on the high
performance front we have a multi-world championship medallist in Lauren
Boyle and world junior champion in Gabrielle Fa’amausili who are raising
the bar for swimming in New Zealand.”
SKY’s Director of Sport, Richard Last, said:
“The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be one of this year’s biggest
events on SKY and it’s great to be able to showcase the New Zealand
swimmers who will be in action in Glasgow later in the year.”
The championships have been condensed from six days to four providing
more top quality swimming including a full programme of events for para
swimmers who are also looking for qualification for the Commonwealth
The evening sessions start at the later time of 7pm and finish between
9.30pm and 9.45pm.
“We want more people to have the chance to watch world class swimming as
our swimmers strive to meet the Commonwealth Games team selection.
Starting at the later time of 7pm will make it easier for our swimming
community and fans to get to the competition venue.”
As well as live coverage on Sky Sport there will also be daily replays.
Swimming New Zealand
28 February 2014
Experience Accessible Sailing - Auckland
Sailability Auckland will be holding an Experience Accessible Sailing
day on Saturday 8th March 2014 in Auckland.
This day will double as a Talent Search Day for new disabled sailors in
the Paralympic Class Boats of 2.4m, SKUD and Sonar (no prior sailing
experience is required). For more information on the Paralympic Class
Sailing Boats visit
This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in getting involved
in Sailing competitively. To register your interest, contact Tim Dempsey
on 09 834 0557 or 027 484 4716 or email
Experience Accessible Sailing - Flyer
28 February 2014
Paralympian eyes the podium with full support
New Zealand’s snowboard cross rider Carl Murphy is hoping for gold at
the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games next month (7-16 March). Should
the man from Wanaka climb the top of the podium the role of his wife,
Aleisha, should also be admired.
‘Behind every good man there’s a great woman’ may be a well-worn phrase
but it rings perfectly true for Carl and Aleisha Murphy.
Carl is among the world’s top adaptive snowboard cross riders gunning
for gold at next month’s Sochi 2014 Paralympics. Aleisha is his wife,
best friend and mother to his three-year-old child, Oliver.
Should Carl – a below the knee amputee - deliver his dreams and
ambitions in Russia, the 34-year-old will rightly be lauded as a New
Zealand hero taking the plaudits. Yet behind the scenes, putting in the
“hard yards” raising Oliver and keeping the family home in Wanaka
ticking when Carl is out on the slopes training is Aleisha. The
significance of her role should not be diminished.
The pair met as childhood sweethearts aged 14 in New Plymouth some 20
years ago. Carl was “always determined” admitted Aleisha. He qualified
and worked as an architectural draughtsman – he still works part-time –
before taking up competitive snowboarding at the age of 27.
He rapidly rose through the ranks in his new sport, starring
internationally in World Cup and World Championship competition.
Yet he remained frustrated snowboard cross was not as on the roster of
sports for the Paralympic Games and with a young family to support -
following the birth of Oliver in early 2011 - he considered competing
for “one more season” before retirement.
Then out of the blue everything changed. One morning in May 2012 they
received the news snowboard cross had been accepted as part of the
Paralympic programme for Sochi 2014.
Nine months earlier the sport has been rejected from the showpiece event
in Russia, so the decision was unexpected.
Carl was naturally elated being given the chance to fight for a medal on
the biggest stage, for Aleisha, the prospect sparked a range of
“It was mixed emotions for me,” Aleisha commented with straight forward
honesty. “Don’t get me wrong, I was excited for Carl and 120 per cent
behind him, but at the same time I knew things were about to change with
his training demands. It was like, okay, if this is going to happen we
need to talk sensibly.”
Shortly after the news broke, Carl met with High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ)
and Snow Sports NZ staff to work out a detailed training programme for
Sochi 2014. His regimen was radically overhauled. His training volume
was massively increased. Each segment of his life scrutinised and
re-evaluated in an effort to improve performance.
The pair, who had married in 2007, needed to adapt quickly to their
change in circumstances.
“It has been a huge adjustment,” explained Aleisha of the past two years
in which Carl is away training and competing from December to March in
North America and is also committed to training for large chunks of time
on the slopes in the New Zealand winter. “Carl hasn’t always been an
athlete. I guess he’s changed in that he now has so much more
determination and drive in him to succeed. He’s still the same Carl
underneath, but occasionally I have to remind him to be Carl, the dad
and husband and not just Carl the snowboarder.”
The birth of Oliver has brought additional challenges. Carl is currently
the only member of the NZ Snow Sports squad to be married with a child.
HPSNZ and Snow Sports NZ have been very supportive to Aleisha’s needs,
but with their families scattered between the North Island and the UK
life can be demanding.
“We’ve got great friends down here in Wanaka, but friends are very
different to family,” added Aleisha, who herself does not ski or
snowboard. “My mum is great in that every summer (while Carl is away
training in the North American winter) she’ll fly down for a spell and
help me out or I’ll go up to her. At the same time when I’m home alone
and Carl is away it is quite difficult.”
Aleisha plans to fly out with Oliver to attend the Sochi 2014
Paralympics with her father and Carl’s mother, who both live in the UK.
Yet access between husband and wife will be limited prior to his event.
Any appointments will have to be formally made through the Chef de
“I’m not going there with any expectations (of meeting up with him
before the event), I know he has a job to do,” she explained. “I’m
definitely not going to having dinner’s out with him. If we get to see
him before his race, that will be great. If not, we’ll be down the
bottom of the course cheering him on.”
Yet on the biggest day of her husband sporting life, how will Aleisha
feel watching events unfold in Sochi?
“I will be freaking out,” she added with a giggle “It will be a bit like
road kill in that you don’t want to look, but can’t help but to look.
“When he’s overseas racing often during the night I’ll be awake looking
at the phone every five minutes checking for his result to come through.
On the day I’ll be so nervous but so excited as well because I want him
to do well and I know how much he wants to do well.”
Team Murphy have packed away their New Zealand flags in support and are
set for the outcome of the biggest competition of Carl’s life. The hope
and expectation is gold, for the rider who was ranked joint No.1 in the
world until a recent injury has seen him slip to No.3.
Yet has Aleisha considered how Carl will cope should he not match his
high expectations when he competes on Friday 14 March – his day of
“I’ve talked about it with Carl and for him, he has not even thought
about it because it is all about positive imagery,” she explained. “I
have thought about it myself and he will find it hard, but he’s such a
level headed guy he’ll get through it. There is every chance it may not
be his day. That is the nature of sport. We’ve just got to hope for the
So can a spouse of a Paralympic athlete going for gold enjoy the
“Yes, I enjoy seeing him succeed and doing what he wants to do, but at
the same time because I don’t travel with him I have to do the hard
yards at home,” she said. “Carl is a great father and a great husband. I
couldn’t ask for more, but at the same time it is difficult for me. I’m
not going to say it is beautiful and fantastic all the time because the
reality is it is hard work. Athletes often talk about the role their
sponsors have played after winning a title. Actually, I think, I might
be the No.1 sponsor.”
Few would disagree.
- Steve Landells for
Paralympics New Zealand
27 February 2014
2014 Laureus World Sports Awards Nominees
A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have been
nominated for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot
by the world’s media.
Among the giants of sport who have been nominated are three-time Laureus
winners Usain Bolt and Serena Williams, brilliant young Formula One
world champion Sebastian Vettel, short-listed for the fifth time, and
Tiger Woods, who won in 2000, the inaugural year of Laureus, who is
selected again after returning to the summit of world golf. Spain’s
Rafael Nadal and Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, both two-time Laureus
winners, are nominated in two categories.
Paralympics New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe is a finalist in the
Sportsperson with a disability category.
Pascoe dominated the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal,
winning five gold medals in her five events. She also set four world
records and was voted IPC Athlete of the Month for August. In September,
she broke another two world records at the New Zealand Short Course
Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses said: “I have never
seen such a potentially close contest in so many categories before. This
is going to be a classic year. There is a wonderful balance between some
of the great names who have dominated sport over many years and some
exciting newcomers like Missy Franklin and Marc Márquez. I am especially
thrilled by the line-up for the Disability Award, where you could make a
case for any of the six to win. This is really the crème de la crème of
sport and it is going to be an exciting night in Kuala Lumpur
discovering which of these great athletes will receive Laureus Awards.”
The full list of Nominees for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards is
below so tell.
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics – won 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m
World Championship gold medals
Mo Farah (UK) Athletics – won classic 5,000m and 10,000m double
in World Championships
LeBron James (US) Basketball – Miami Heat star, voted NBA MVP for
fourth time in five years
Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis – winner of French Open, US Open and
five ATP Masters event
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Football - scored 69 goals for Real
Madrid and Portugal in 2013
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor Racing – won fourth straight
Formula One World Championship
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Nadine Angerer (Germany) Football – FIFA Women’s Player of the
Year, captain of German team
Missy Franklin (US) Swimming – at 18, won a record six gold
medals in World Championships
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics – won three sprint
gold medals in World Championships
Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics – won pole vault world title
in front of home Russian crowd
Tina Maze (Slovenia) Skiing – won Overall World Cup and three
other disciplines, plus Super G world title
Serena Williams (US) Tennis – won French Open and US Open, plus
eight other tournaments in 2013
Laureus World Team of the Year
All Blacks (NZ) Rugby Union – first time a national team achieved
a 100% record in professional era
Bayern Munich (Germany) Football – won Champions League,
Bundesliga and German Cup treble
Brazil Men’s Football Team – won Confederations Cup, beating
World Cup holders Spain in final
Bob & Mike Bryan (US) Tennis – completed doubles ‘Golden Slam’ –
four Grand Slams and Olympic gold
Miami Heat (US) Basketball – won NBA title for second straight
year, beating San Antonio Spurs in final
Red Bull (Austria) Motor Racing – won fourth straight Formula One
Constructors’ World Championship
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
Afghanistan Cricket Team – learned cricket in refugee camps, in
2013 reached first World Cup finals
Marc Márquez (Spain) Motor Cycling – youngest ever MotoGP world
champion, at 20 years 266 days
Raphael Holzdeppe (Germany) Athletics – won Germany’s first World
Championship pole vault gold
Nairo Quintana (Colombia) Cycling – first Tour de France rookie
to finish on the podium since 1996
Justin Rose (UK) Golf – won his first Major Championship at US
Open, at the age of 32
Adam Scott (Australia) Golf – first Australian winner in the
77-year history of US Masters
Laureus World Comeback of the Year
Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics – won pole vault world title
in front of home Russian crowd
Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis – winner of French Open, US Open and
five ATP Masters event
Oracle Team USA - Sailing – 8-1 down in America’s Cup, Oracle
fought back for a remarkable 9-8 victory
Tony Parker (France) Basketball – European Championship MVP after
recovering from serious eye injury
Ronaldinho (Brazil) Football – at 33, led unfashionable Atlético
Mineiro to victory in Copa Libertadores
Tiger Woods (US) Golf – US PGA Player of the Year after five tour
victories, regained world No 1 ranking
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
Marie Bochet (France) Skiing – first winner of all five
disciplines at a single Alpine World Championships
Marcel Hug (Switzerland) Wheelchair Racing – won five golds and a
silver medal at World Championships
Tatyana McFadden (US) Wheelchair Racing – won four city marathons
and six golds at World Championships
Sophie Pascoe (NZ) Swimming – won five gold medals out of five
attempts at World Championships
Sarah Louise Rung (Norway) Swimming – won four gold medals in her
five races in World Championships
Olga Sviderska (Ukraine) Swimming – took five individual and two
relay golds in the World Championships
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year
Jamie Bestwick (UK) BMX – only athlete in X Games history to win
eight straight gold medals
Bob Burnquist (Brazil) Skateboarding – overtook Dave Mirra to win
a record 25th X-Games gold medal
Mick Fanning (Australia) Surfing – clinched his third World
Surfing Championship in last event of year
John John Florence (US) Surfing – scored perfect 10 for
completing the Alley Oop in Bali
Maya Gabeira (Brazil) Surfing – nearly drowned after attempting
to surf a 70ft wave in Portugal
Shaun White (US) Snowboarding – won sixth consecutive SuperPipe
gold medal at Winter X Games
Laureus World Sports Awards
27 February 2014
Disabled Sailing Coordinator
Yachting New Zealand is looking to appoint a Disabled Sailing
The main purpose of this role is to develop sailing as an inclusive
sport for people of all abilities, through providing support and
resources to YNZ member clubs and organizations. Success factors of the
role include increased participation and more opportunities for disabled
people in sailing for sport and recreation.
A job description is available on the Situations Vacant section of the
Yachting New Zealand Website:
This is an important role for Yachting New Zealand in continuing our
reputation as a leader of inclusive practice for National Sports
Organizations around New Zealand. It will involve 20 hours of work per
week including occasional travel.
A sailing background would be beneficial but experience in sport
administration and development along with empathy and knowledge of
working with disabled people would be pre requisite.
Applications by email should go to
or by post to Att: Dianne Logan, Yachting New Zealand, PO Box 91209,
Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142. Any queries can be directed to
Andrew Clouston at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (09) 361 4021.
Applications close on Friday March 7th, 2014.
- Yachting New Zealand
26 February 2014
Fuelling Carl Murphy
From rugby players to netballers and athletes to swimmers, sports
nutrition has become an area of increased profile not to mention
sophistication for the modern high performance athlete.
To gain an extra edge and maintain peak fitness through nutritional
intake has become an essential tool in the battle to win medals and
succeed at the highest level.
Yet perhaps few sports face quite the nutritional complexity of an
international winter sports athlete and for New Zealand’s adaptive
snowboard cross rider Carl Murphy expert input in this area has played a
key role in his development into a genuine podium hopeful for the Winter
Paralympics, which takes place in Sochi from March 7-16.
A member of the national team since 2009, Carl was a gifted athlete
capable of top-class performances. However, it was only after linking up
with High Performance Sport NZ performance nutritionist Caz Cruden in
June 2012 did he start to seriously address his nutritional needs.
“Carl was a novice when it came to performance nutrition,” explains Caz,
of the time she first started working with the Wanaka-based snow sport
athlete. “His general eating was very good but he wasn’t used to
receiving professional nutritional support. I was very impressed with
Carl. He was a quick learner and recognised the value and importance of
a proper nutritional programme.”
One of the first facts Carl discovered when working with Caz was he
simply wasn’t taking on board enough carbohydrates. This led to weight
loss and consequently a loss of muscle mass - which can impact on a
snowboard cross athlete’s ability to maximise their potential.
In short, the New Plymouth-raised athlete needed to consume more
carbohydrates because training in cold temperatures increased energy
expenditure, meaning energy stores needed replenishing more regularly
than for a typical summer sports athlete.
“Caz gave me good direction in terms of the contents I should have been
eating and much better choices,” he admits. “I probably eat an extra
third to my daily diet every day, which is probably worth an extra meal
Besides adapting dietary requirements to the environment, the basic
logistics of spending large chunks of time training up a mountain can
also result in nutritional challenges.
“Being out on the mountain makes it really difficult to take fluids and
food with you,” explains Caz. “In terms of rehydration it is especially
difficult. Fluids can freeze when you are out on the mountain. We often
get Carl’s support team to help and this is where his coach, Adam Dooney,
is great because he’ll take a backpack out with him to carry Carl’s
bottles. We also educate Carl on the importance of keeping hydrated and
encourage him to drink while on the chairlift going up the mountain.”
Nutritional consideration also needs to be given to the unique demands
of snowboard cross. Strength and muscle mass are vital components to
success in the physically demanding sport in which competitors are
pitched against each other in head to head competition. Physically
clashes during racing can be frequent.
“The bigger you are the better it is,” as Caz explains. “We are aiming
for more muscle mass while not compromising speed and agility. We work
on developing his lean muscle mass yet because of his huge training load
it is hard for Carl to achieve this. He is also a lower leg amputee so
we have to be really careful when increasing his lean muscle mass and
overall body weight we are not overloading his joints and compromising
A further nutritional complication is a snowboarder will very often
undergo periodised training spells between on snow training and dry land
training. While dry land training generally focuses on strength and
conditioning work in the gym to help build muscle mass and strength, his
mountain training will place different demands on the body because of
the alpine environment, increased aerobic training demands and therefore
a greater energy expenditure load.
“When Carl is dry land training the main goal is to increase lean muscle
mass so his protein intake will increase and his carb intake will
decrease,” says Caz. “When in the mountains he’ll take on board a
greater proportion of carbs to cope with the training demands.”
With many of these factors in place, Carl is now best placed to
capitalise on his talent and perform to a peak and the signs are
positive. In fact, the World No.1 para snowboard cross athlete who won
the IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup event in Canada last March believes the
nutritional changes he has made have been hugely beneficial.
“I feel I now have sustained energy on the mountain and I can ride for
hours,” Carl explains. “If I don’t have the right nutrition it just
makes you feel weak and that is dangerous because this can lead to a
loss of concentration.”
“Since I started working with Caz I’ve got better and better. Last
season was the best that I’ve ever had. So with the right nutrition in
place it has helped contribute towards being a high performance
High Performance Sport New Zealand
20 February 2014
Duane Kale on his IPC Governing Board Role
HPSNZ News talks to Duane Kale about his recent election to the
International Paralympic Committee governing board.
Broadening the events available for sports and raising development
countries’ performances at Paralympic Games are among the goals Duane
Kale is aiming to achieve during his time on the governing board of the
International Paralympic Committee.
Duane cites archery as an example of a sport that could provide more
athletes with a pathway to the Paralympics if its quota spots weren’t so
Duane was recently elected to the IPC Government Board, securing 1 of 10
available positions from 25 other candidates around the globe.
The role will see him working for Paralympic sport and Paralympians
worldwide, and it’s one he’s honoured to be doing.
While not elected as an Oceania representative, the Kiwi also sees a
role for him in advocating for athletes from the Oceania region. ``A lot
of natural talent comes from our islands but some countries in the
region have little or no facilities and sporting infrastructure,’’ Duane
says. Of the 48 countries the United Nations recognises as ``least
developed countries’’, five are in the Oceania region -- Kiribati,
Samoa, Solomon Is, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu. There’s work that can be
done to help para-athletes there, he says.
Greater levels of communication to IPC members and growing the worldwide
coverage of Paralympic sport also sit among his goals for the role.
The fact that he was elected to the governing board comes down to a lot
of people advocating on his behalf. ``New Zealand getting a spot is
quite a coup,’’ he says. This support also extends to Duane’s employer
ANZ Bank, which assisted hugely in making this possible.
Duane’s contribution to Paralympic sport is far-reaching. He is known
for his outstanding performance in swimming at the Atlanta 1996
Paralympic Games winning six medals, including four gold medals, one
silver and one bronze, and breaking four world records. He’s been team
manager, chef de mission, past president of Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ),
and he’s on the PNZ board.
By focusing on the strategic role on the governing board, he has had to
take himself out of contention for the chef de mission role at Rio, a
job he so loved doing in both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
After making a site visit to Rio in July, Duane says that once transport
infrastructure issues are sorted out, with its backdrop and location Rio
will be one of the most memorable Paralympic Games.
But now it’s back to serving athletes in his new role.
High Performance Sport New Zealand
17 February 2014
Seven facts NZ ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympics
New Zealand has won 27 medals at the Paralympic Winter Games. It has won
195 medals in Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games combined.
• New Zealand needs five medals to reach 200 in Paralympic Games and
Paralympic Winter Games combined. It won one medals at the last
Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010.
• It has won all its 27 medals in one sport, alpine skiing. The only
country to have won medals in only one sport with more medals is
Australia with 28, also in alpine skiing.
• Patrick Cooper has won most gold medals for New Zealand with a total
of four. He won men's alpine skiing slalom and super-G in 1992 and 1994.
• Cooper is the only New Zealand athlete to win a medal at three
editions of the Paralympic Winter Games.
• Rachael Battersby is New Zealand's most successful female athlete with
three gold medals, all won in 2002.
• In the men’s slalom standing, Adam Hall improved from a did not finish
in 2006 to winning gold in 2010. He won New Zealand's only medal in
• You can follow the New Zealand team on Twitter
14 February 2014
Podiums for Hall and Peters Ahead of Paralympic Games
Recent podium results for New Zealand Paralympians Adam Hall and Corey
Peters have them feeling confident ahead of the Sochi Paralympic Winter
Games next month.
Alpine ski racers Adam Hall and Corey Peters competed at the 2014 IPC
Alpine Skiing National Championships and NorAm Cup held in Aspen, USA
from 10 – 13 February. Adam took the win in the men’s standing Super
Combined event while Corey earned two second place finishes, in the
Super Combined and the Super Giant Slalom men’s sitting class, and came
fourth in the Downhill.
Adam, who will be looking to defend the gold medal he won in Slalom at
the Vancouver Games in 2010 and also has his sights set on a top level
result in the Super-Combined says, “I am extremely confident and happy
with where I am.”
While they were pleased with their overall performances, the New
Zealanders acknowledge that mistakes were also made, both posting DNFs
in one Super G race. Adam was ahead at the first split by almost a
second and looked to have a solid run in place before missing the last
gate at the finish. Corey looked set for speed in his run, also posting
the fastest split time before crashing five gates from the finish.
“When you’re pushing it that hard there’s always that chance it can go
either way and today it didn't go the way I would've liked,” commented
Corey. Adding, “but all in all, a great week with two second place
podiums and just missing out on a third podium in downhill.”
“With 20 odd more days until the games we will continue to fine tune
things and turn up to Sochi the best prepared we can,” said Adam.
The pair will now travel back to their base in Winter Park, Colorado
before flying to Europe for their final days of training ahead of the
Paralympic Winter Games. They will be joined in Sochi by para-snowboarder
Carl Murphy who has recently returned to training following an injury in
The Paralympic Games take place from 7-16 March. Adam Hall will compete
in Super-G, Super-Combined and Slalom. Corey Peters will compete in
Super-G, Super-Combined, Slalom and Giant Slalom. Carl Murphy will
compete in the new Paralympic discipline of Snowboard-Cross.
New Zealand will receive free-to-air coverage of the game through
Attitude Pictures Ltd (APL), an award-winning independent production
company specialising in content featuring people with impairments.
Attitude Pictures will present New Zealand audiences with 44 hours of
free coverage and highlights packages as well as documentaries on
competing athletes, via its innovative new web platform AttitudeLive.com.
- Snow Sport New
13 February 2014
Lydia Ko Scoops Top Honour at Westpac Halberg Awards
Golf prodigy Lydia Ko has taken the supreme honours at the 51st Westpac
Halberg Awards at Vector Arena in Auckland tonight.
The golf star who went professional at aged 16 in 2013 was named the
‘High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year’ before
claiming the Halberg Award honours.
To win the supreme award Ko headed off other Halberg Award contenders;
IndyCar champion and ‘High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of
the Year’ winner, Scott Dixon, ‘Halberg Disability Sport Foundation
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year’ winner, Sophie Pascoe and ‘Westpac
Team of the Year’ winner, the All Blacks.
Ko, who won three tournaments in 2013 including defending her Canadian
Open title, received the news of her success during a live video link
from the awards ceremony to Melbourne where she is playing in the
Women’s Australian Open.
To take the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year
Award honours, Ko edged out three-time Halberg Award winner Valerie
Adams, world champion canoeist Lisa Carrington and swimmer Lauren Boyle.
It was also a big night for the All Blacks who capped off an undefeated
2013 season by winning the Westpac Team of the Year, SKY SPORT Coach of
the Year (Steven Hansen) awards, while Captain Richie McCaw was honoured
with the Sport New Zealand Leadership Award.
The Black Sox winning the Softball World Championship was selected as
New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment of 2013 in the only Westpac
Halberg Award category determined solely by public vote.
Para swimmer Sophie Pascoe took home the Halberg Disability Sport
Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award for the third
consecutive year. Pascoe’s five gold medals at the IPC World
Championships saw her take the award ahead of fellow para swimming world
champion Mary Fisher, blind bowling world champion David Monk and para
shooting world record holder Mike Johnson.
Scott Dixon who was IndyCar champion for a third time in 2013 won the
High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year category ahead
of IRB Player of the Year, All Black Kieran Read, world number one
eventing champion Andrew Nicholson and track cycling world champion
Fourteen year old swimmer Gabrielle Fa’amausili received the Westpac
Emerging Talent award and a $10,000 Westpac sporting scholarship. The
category, designed to identify and assist a young athlete in their quest
to become an Olympic, Paralympic and/or World Champion, and hopefully
one day win the Halberg Award was closely contested by surfer Ella
Williams, rower Tom Murray and motorcyclist Jake Lewis.
During the awards ceremony former All Black Jonah Lomu and Olympic
champion cyclist Sarah Ulmer were inducted into the New Zealand Sports
Hall of Fame. They were presented with their honours by Dame Susan Devoy
(squash) and Bryan Williams (rugby).
Graham Sycamore of Invercargill was recognised with the Lion Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award for over 50 years of service to cycling. The
Southerner has been involved as a competitor, administration and
commissaire including officiating at six World Championships, seven
Commonwealth Games and three Olympic Games.
The Eagles Golfing Society of New Zealand, who began their support of
the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation more than 40 years ago,
presented the Foundation with a cheque for $150,517.06, lifting their
support since 1969 to more than $4.1million.
This donation, coupled with proceeds raised from the 51st Westpac
Halberg Awards will assist with the core work of the Halberg Disability
Sport Foundation. The charity, set up by Olympic champion Sir Murray
Halberg (ONZ), aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled New
Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.
12 February 2014
Sochi 2014 Paralympics Broadcast Rights in New Zealand Awarded to
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has awarded the host
broadcast rights in New Zealand for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter
Games to Attitude Pictures Ltd (APL), an award-winning independent
production company specialising in content featuring people with
Attitude Pictures will present New Zealand audiences with 44 hours of
free coverage and highlights packages from Sochi 2014 March 7-16, as
well as documentaries on competing athletes, via its innovative new web
APL has secured the support of three major New Zealand partners to make
coverage from Sochi possible:
• NZ On Air has agreed to provide up to $261,000 funding to provide a
documentary special including broad coverage of the Games;
• ACC has become an Official Partner of AttitudeLive;
• TVNZ will be the free-to-air broadcast partner providing news,
highlight packages and OnDemand content for the duration of the Sochi
In addition to providing the most comprehensive coverage ever of a
Paralympic Winter Games in New Zealand, Attitude Pictures has an option
to provide coverage from the athletics, shooting and swimming World
Championships over the next two years.
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “We are delighted with this
agreement with Attitude Pictures as it means more Paralympic coverage in
New Zealand than ever before.
“Attitude Pictures has a fantastic track record and global reputation
for creating and delivering high quality content regarding para-sport
and people with an impairment. I am confident that through this
partnership the profile of para-sport and Kiwi athletes in particular
will increase significantly.
“One of the stand-out moments of the Vancouver 2010 Games featured Adam
Hall, a Kiwi athlete who won slalom gold. It is great news that should a
New Zealand athlete repeat such success in Sochi more people will have
the opportunity to see it either live, on-demand or through highlights
Paralympics New Zealand CEO Fiona Allan said: “New Zealand’s 17-medal
haul at the London 2012 Paralympic Games has stimulated even more
interest in Paralympic Sport. With Sochi 2014 just a few weeks away, we
look forward to sharing the stories and successes of our three Winter
Paralympians Adam Hall, Carl Murphy and Corey Peters.”
APL founder and chief executive Robyn Scott-Vincent believes the deal is
a highly collaborative agreement where APL, as the rights holder of
Paralympic media content, will actively drive a strategy of sharing
content with other media to ensure the broadest coverage possible. NZ On
Air funding has enabled the Attitude team to be in Sochi for the Games.
“Attitude’s producers will package highlights for TVNZ and we are
talking to other potential media partners,” Scott-Vincent said. “We will
also continue our well-established and critically acclaimed
documentaries profiling New Zealand athletes.
“Part of our belief is that we need to engage the audience and raise the
profile of the athletes and that this will help change attitudes towards
the one in five New Zealanders who live with disability. These athletes
are role models. The countless medals achieved by NZ Paralympians like
Adam Hall, Sophie Pascoe, Cameron Leslie and others show what’s
possible. But we’re eager to encourage young people to see a pathway in
sport whether that is rehabilitation, recreation or elite performance.”
NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson said: “We are very pleased to
support this project, which will give audiences back home the ability to
follow the incredible efforts, and we hope successes, of our Paralympic
athletes in action in Sochi. This project is an excellent example of the
importance of diversity on our screens, and of how NZ On Air strives to
meet the needs of audiences.”
TVNZ Head of Television Jeff Latch said TVNZ is proud to be the
television and online partner again for highlights of the Paralympics.
“We have a long standing partnership with Attitude Pictures and look
forward to working with Robyn and her team in bringing coverage from
Sochi to New Zealand audiences,” he said.
ACC is also partnering Attitude Pictures and AttitudeLive, recognising
the strong role that sport and activity can play in the rehabilitation
of men and women back to everyday life after an accident.
ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering said: “Attitude Picture’s broadcast
partnership provides a unique, affirmative, national opportunity to
highlight positive rehabilitation outcomes and the inspiring
achievements of New Zealand’s Paralympians. ACC is proud to support this
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place between March 7 -
16 and will feature around 600 athletes from 44 countries. They will
compete in 72 medal events across five sports – alpine skiing, biathlon,
cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.
Attitude Pictures and International Paralympic Committee
11 February 2014
Variety Seeks Talented Kiwi Kids for Gold
Variety - The Children’s Charity wants to help Kiwi kids reach their
full potential in education, music, art, and sport through its Gold
Heart Scholarship programme.
Applications for Gold Heart Scholarships are now open. Gold Heart
Scholarships provide talented Kiwi kids who are sick, disabled or
disadvantaged with up to $5,000 to support their goal and matches them
with a mentor to assist them. To apply children should already be
proficient in their field and show passion and commitment to achieve a
long-term aspirational goal.
A unique aspect of the scholarship is that each recipient is assigned a
leading professional or celebrity mentor to encourage and support them
throughout the year.
Eleven - year - old Tupou Neifi, a 2013 Gold Heart Scholarship
recipient, says there are no words to express how grateful she is for
“Being a Gold Heart Scholarship recipient has helped me get a step
closer to achieving my dream of one day representing New Zealand as a
Paralympic swimmer. Nothing is ever easy, but with hard work,
determination, self-belief and the love and support of family and
friends we can achieve anything!" she said.
With her scholarship, Mangere local Tupou is well on her way to becoming
a world-class Paralympic Swimmer. Five nights a week she trains with
other young athletes at her swim school in Pakuranga.
Gold Heart Scholarships form part of Variety’s Future Kiwi Kids
programme. The Variety Gold Heart Scholarship Programme makes up to
$5,000 available per annum for up to three years to help children who
are physically or financially challenged to fulfill their dreams. This
could include assisting with tuition fees, personal development,
coaching, and the purchase of training equipment, travel or
To download an application form
or to go to the Variety page
Variety - The Children’s Charity
4 February 2014
Paralympics New Zealand launches Express Lane
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is excited to announce the launch of PNZ
Express Lane, a nation-wide talent search programme targeted at
increasing the number of new Para-Swimmers in the S1 to S5
With the support of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC)
Agitos Foundation, the project will actively identify, recruit and
support disabled athletes who have significant impairments, and provide
the required support to assist them to begin swimming.
The programme will provide support to new Para-Swimmers to assist in
overcoming some of the challenges that may occur when getting involved
in the sport competitively. Types of support may include coaching,
access to pool/lane space, initial travel to training sessions, camps
Hadleigh Pierson (PNZ Talent Identification Manager) says, “The PNZ
Para-Swimming Programme continues to go from strength to strength.
Through the support from the IPC, we have an exciting opportunity to
further grow the programme and ensure we are competitive across all
Impairments in the S1 to S5 classifications may include; significant
loss of function in the legs and trunk (i.e.: spinal-cord injuries),
amputations of three or four limbs and sever co-ordination problems in
three or four limbs (i.e.: cerebral palsy).
If there are athletes interested in registering for PNZ Express Lane,
please contact PNZ Talent Identification Manager, Hadleigh Pierson, at
- Paralympics New