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About Us

dsport (previously known as Parafed Wellington) is a charity managed by a board of elected volunteers.

Our vision is for Wellington to be a diverse and inclusive region.

dsport is underpinned by the principles of inspire, enable, achieve.

We inspire disabled people to believe in themselves.  To aspire to being involved in sport and active recreation.  To dream.

We enable disabled people to get into sport and active recreation.  We don’t believe in can’t.  Rather how can we.  How can we make this fun and make this work?   We persevere and we build strength collectively.

But more importantly, our members achieve.  They overcome adversity, find work-arounds and creative solutions to achieve.  And for some, they will achieve their dreams.


Committee Members

Alan Signal - President

Alan has been President since 2015. Prior to this he was on the committee. Alan is a member of the dsport wheelchair rugby team and has also represented us in wheelchair basketball.

Mark Melvin - Treasurer

Mark and his family are active Youth Group members. We convinced Mark to take on the Treasurer role as he has great financial skills and always asks the tough questions.

Denise Harrison

Denise has been on our committee for a number of years and brings the perspective of a parent and sport volunteer. Denise is a Boccia ramp assistant to her son and has helped manage our travelling Boccia team.

Gretchen Galloway

Gretchen is new to our committee this year and she keen to help lead dsport into the future. Gretchen brings a fresh perspective and insight to the committee.

Ross Hanning

Ross's son is an aspiring field athlete with the New Zealand silver fern firmly in his sights. Ross is also new to our committee and brings business and sport govenance exoerience to the table.


Catriona McBean - Manager

Catriona is not only Manager here at dsport, she is also a board member of Paralympics New Zealand, and has volunteered internationally including at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympic Games and helping develop the Kiribati National Paralympic Committee. Catriona is also a PhD candidate at the University of Waikato studying disability sport.

022 620 9763

Kate Horan - Sport Coordinator

Paralympian Kate Horan joined dsport after the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Now retired from professional sport, Kate oversees our Youth Group and Talent Development Programme. Kate is on the board of Peke Waihanga - Artifical Limb Service and a member of the Wellington Amputee Society.

027 741 2026