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.
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. Alan works for Laura Fergusson Trust providing support for disabled members of our community.
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.
Ross Hanning - Treasurer
Ross's son is an aspiring field athlete with the New Zealand silver fern firmly in his sights. Ross has taken over financial responsibility for the committee and brings business and sport govenance experience to the table. Ross is a qualified Athletics NZ official.
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. Prior to joining dsport, Catriona has managed a range of sports organisations including Swimming NZ, Sport & Exercise NZ, Orienteering NZ and oversaw sport and recreation at Victoria University.
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Yarride has joined dsport as the Sport Development Officer. Yarride has represented New Zealand in athletics at the Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010, coaches athletics and has recently worked in the education sector. As Sport Development Officer, Yarride will oversee the Youth Group and work with our boccia, powerchair football and wheelchair rugby teams.