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Vacancy - Sport Development Officer

Vacancy - Sport Development Officer

Sport Development Officer

Do you have a background in sport, education or community programming and relationships? Ever thought of working in disability and Para sport?


We are looking to for a new Sport Development Officer to continue the great work started by our SDO to build and create opportunities for physically disabled people who love sport and active recreation.

This role helps our members get into sport and active recreation by providing of our sports programmes - boccia, wheelchair rugby, powerchair football and youth group - and services. We are also strong advocates who work with other sport, recreation, education and community organisations to make a difference in the lives of our members and other disabled people in our community.

This is a fixed term full-time position to 30 June 2024 which includes two regular weekend commitments per month delivering our Youth Group programme.


If this sounds like you, please send your CV with a cover letter to

Position description

Applications close on Sunday 19 June.


2021 Award recipients

2021 Award recipients named

Congratulations to our dsport 2021 Award recipients for their sporting successes in 2021. These award winners were announced at the Annual General Meeting last night.

Athletics Cup for outstanding achievements in Athletic events to Corran Hanning

- NZ Para athletics ranking for U18/Youth 1st in shotput, discus, and hammer

- Wellington Sports Awards Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

- College Sport Wellington Disabled Sports Athlete of the Year – Boys


Caltex Novice Trophy awarded to athlete from any sporting code to Ben Fisher who reached quarter finals at Boccia National Championships

Carlyle Trophy for the most input to dpsort from non-committee member for coaching, mentoring and support to Sarah Barry, Wheelchair Rugby Team manager


Boccia Cup for outstanding achievements in Boccia to Hyran Daymond who won Silver in BC3 Individual at National Championships and is ranked # 2 in BC3 in NZ


Swimming Cup for outstanding achievements in Swimming to Erin Knox

- 2021 National Age Groups - 2nd 50m Free, 100m Free, 100m Back

- 2021 North Island Secondary Schools - 1st 100m IM, 50m Back, 50m & 100m Free, 50m Fly

- College Sport Wellington Disabled Sports Athlete of the Year – Girls

- Wellington Swimming Disabled Athlete of the Year

- Junior Sportsperson of the Year for Heretaunga College


Parafed Wellington Trophy for outstanding sporting achievement and representing NZ internationally from any sporting code to Gavin Rolton who was selected to represent NZ at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Wheelchair Rugby.



Sports Awards celebrate dsport member's successes

Congratulations to dsport members

Mid year is the season for celebrating the successes of our athletes from the previous year. This year, we have a number of athletes who have either recently received awards or have been named finalists for awards. Congratulations to you all, the recognition of your successes is well deserved.


Blind Sport New Zealand

Corran Hanning has recently been awarded the Emerging Talent Award.


Wellington Sport and Recreation Awards

Gavin Rolton, Erin Knox, Hyran Daymond and Corran have been named finalists for the Disabled Sportsperson Award.

Corran has also been named a finalist for the Emerging Sportsman award.

dsport supporter, PNZ Board member and IPC Vice President Duane Kale has also been named a finalist for the Trish McKelvey Leadership Award.

The awards will be presented in July - hopefully in person this year.


Hutt Valley Sports Awards

Hyran and Erin are finalists for the Hutt Valley awards which will be held later this month.


AGM Rescheduled - 16 May

AGM Scheduled to 16 May

The dsport committee have confirmed the rescheduled 2022 AGM will be held on Tuesday 16 May, 6.30pm as an online meeting.

If you wish to attend the meeting and have not received an invite by email, please let us know


2021 Annual Report

Looking back on 2021 its hard to believe how different the last two years have been, how our world has changed and how we as an organisation has had to adapt to the rapidly changing Covid-19 impacted society we are now in.

The last two years has shown how resilient our community is and how, even when faced with adversity, we can come together and celebrate our successes -  such as Gavin Rolton, Wheelblack, who  competed for New Zealand at the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020, our boccia players or our Youth Group participants.

To read more of the 2021 Annual Report


Vacancy - Board Member




We’re 15% of the world.

People with disabilities are 15% of our world.


WeThe15 is sport’s biggest ever human rights movement to end discrimination. We aim to transform the lives of the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities who represent 15% of the global population.


WeThe15 will campaign to break down barriers

Launching at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, WeThe15 plans to initiate change over the next decade by bringing together the biggest coalition ever of international organisations from the world of sport, human rights, policy, communications, business, arts and entertainment.

At a time when diversity and inclusion are hot topics, the 15% who have a disability want effective change to remove the inequality and inactivity. Like race, gender and sexual orientation, we want to have a movement all persons with disabilities can rally behind. A global movement that is publicly campaigning for disability visibility, inclusion and accessibility.

WeThe15 will shine a light on 15% of the world’s population. It will build greater knowledge of the barriers and discrimination persons with disabilities face on a daily basis at all levels of society. By doing so we will break down these barriers so all persons with disabilities can fulfil their potential and be active and visible members of an inclusive society.

Get Involved


Paralympic Classifications Explained

Paralympic Classifications Explained

Ever wondered what the Paralympic Classifications mean, well here's a simple guide.



The International Paralympic Committee explain classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in Para sports have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage. The system in place to aims minimise the impact of impairments on sport performance and to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus.

Classification determines who is eligible to compete in a Para sport and it groups the eligible athletes in sport classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport.

The Paralympic Movement offers sport opportunities for athletes with physical, vision and/or intellectual impairments that have at least one of the 10 eligible impairments identified.

1. Impaired muscle power

2. Impaired passive range of movement

3. Limb deficiency

4. Leg length difference

5. Short stature

6. Hypertonia - an increase in muscle tension and a reduced ability of a muscle to stretch caused by damage to the central nervous system.

7. Ataxia - uncoordinated movements caused by damage to the central nervous system.

8. Athetosis - continual slow involuntary movements

9. Vision impairment (VI)

10. Intellectual Impairment

Classification systems differ by sport and are developed by the International Federations (IF) governing the sport. 

IFs decide which eligible impairments their sport will cater for. Some Paralympic sports are only designed for athletes with one eligible impairment type. Goalball, for example, is only open to athletes with a vision impairment. Other sports, such as athletics and swimming, are open to athletes with any of the 10 eligible impairments.


What about sport classes?

A sport class is a category which groups athletes depending on how much their impairment impacts performance in their sport. Therefore, a sport class is not necessarily comprised of one impairment type alone, but can be made up of athletes with different impairments. However, these different impairments affect sport performance to a similar extent. For example, you will find athletes with paraplegia and double above-knee amputation competing in the same sport class in athletics because their different impairments have a comparable effect on their ability to race 1,500m in a wheelchair using arm propulsion.

In individual sports, athletes should compete against athletes in their own sport class to ensure the impact of impairment is minimised. In national events and smaller international competitions athletes in different sport classes may compete together for one medal, because there are not enough athletes for each sport class to create a competitive event. In these cases, and in some sports, athletes in different sport classes are given a ‘coefficient’ or correction score to account for the different levels of activity limitation.


How is an athlete classified?

A sport class is allocated through athlete evaluation by a panel of classifiers. Each International Federation trains and certifies classifiers to conduct athlete evaluation in its sport. Classifiers assessing athletes with the various physical impairments listed above either have a medical or paramedical background and/or are technical experts in their sport. Classifiers for athletes with a vision impairment have a background in ophthalmology or optometry. Psychologists and sport experts are responsible for the classification of athletes with an intellectual impairment.


Want to know more, check out the IPC Explanatory Guide.


Peter Horne - MNZM - Queens Birthday Honour

Congratulations to dsport member Peter Horne who was award a Queens Birthday honour for services to bowls and Paralympic sport.

Peter has been heavily involved with lawn bowls, para sport and disability sport in New Zealand.

He is a gold-medal winning Paralympian and founder and President of New Zealand Disabled Lawn Bowls. He won gold in the Men’s Singles LB3 and bronze in the Men’s Pairs LB2 at the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games, as well as a bronze medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games. He was selector, coach, manager and player for the New Zealand team at the 1993 Adelaide World Disabled Bowls. He has won several club and centre titles against the able bodied, alongside 10 World Disabled Bowls tournament wins. He was instrumental in the successful hosting of the International Bowls for the 2015 Disabled World Championships and organised and ran the 2018 Disabled National Bowls Tournament, raising more than $20,000 to fund the event. He visits local schools to speak about his disabilities, has coached hundreds of people over the years and works hard to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in sport.


Peter is a longstanding memebr of dsport, an active member of the Naenae Bowling Club, the Hutt Valley Sports Committee and serves on the Committee’s judging panel for the Hutt Valley Sports Awards.


Congratulations to Gavin Rolton, Wheelblack

Congratulations to Gavin Rolton, Wheelblack

Congratulations to Gavin Rolton, whose selection was announced today, as part of the Wheelblacks team to represent New Zealand at the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Gavin has been a member of the dsport wheelchair rugby team for many years and has represented New Zealand at many international events, but Tokyo 2020 is the event he has been training hard for over the last few years.


Sport Minister Grant Robertson has announced how $5.7 million investment into disability sport

Sport Minister Grant Robertson has announced how $5.7 million investment into disability sport

Last week Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced how $5.7 million will be allocated to create better quality experiences for disabled tamariki and rangatahi.

Media Release

The investment, via Sport NZ’s Disability Plan, will see $2.1 million provided to 15 Parafeds/dsport and seven National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs) over the next three years and $3.6 million for two new contestable disability funds.

“More needs to be done to improve the range and quality of physical activity on offer for disabled people.

“This investment will significantly increase Sport NZ’s investment in the sector to ensure disabled tamariki and rangatahi can participate in quality and equitable play, active recreation and sport of their choice,” Grant Robertson said.

The two new Contestable Disability Funds will support national and regional organisations to deliver initiatives and programmes that increase the opportunities being provided to disabled participants.

The funds will support the expansion of proven programmes, as well as the development of innovative new programmes. The two new funds will complement the investment being made through Tū Manawa which is providing opportunities for disabled tamariki and rangatahi to be active.

To date just over $2 million of Tū Manawa funds have been approved by Regional Sport Trusts for disabled young people. 



The commitment from the Government to make the lives of disabled New Zealanders better through sport and active recreation has previously been via the annual No Exceptions Investment. Now dsport and our colleagues around the country are receiving a 3-year commitment with increased investment. We thank the Minister and Sport NZ for recognising this need, and we look forward to continueing to deliver our programmes and services to our members.


Funding Boost for dsport

Funding Boost for dsport

dsport are pleased to announce a funding boost from the Sport New Zealand Tu Manawa fund and Lottery Grants Covid-19 Well-being fund.

The Tu Manawa fund, administered by Sport Wellington, provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation, and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating. Some groups who are more at risk of missing out or being less active, including those living with a disability.

Sport Wellington have partnered with dsport to provide a range of opportunities for disabled young people in our region aimed at increasing participation. Opportunities include our highly successful Youth Group.

Lottery Grants have also come on board with dsport recognising New Zealand's obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People and the lack of opportunities available in sport and active recreation.


dsport thanks Sport New Zealand, Sport Wellington and Lottery Grants Board for their belief in us and helping us make a difference in the lives of disabled New Zealanders through sport.