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Wheelchair Rugby Volunteer Award of 2019

We are remembering wheelchair rugby’s great volunteer, friend and whanau, Jaimey Leigh Fellows this year and each year that follows.

The Jaimey Leigh Fellows Award has been created to honour the legacy of one of our sport’s great volunteers. Jaimey Leigh Fellows embraced all the very best qualities required to be an outstanding volunteer and make a lasting impact on not only the sport of Wheelchair Rugby, but all those involved.

We are looking for a volunteer who goes above and beyond to make our sport, and the people involved, better! Please read the nomination criteria and send in nominations to celebrate your volunteers and offer them the opportunity to win for the Jaimey Leigh Fellows Award.

The award will be presented at the NZWR Nationals Tournament over the weekend 16th - 18th of August, in Christchurch.

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Stampede League 2019

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Stampede League starts soon!

Join us for four Monday nights of fun Wheelchair Rugby action.
You are welcome to enter, we always have lots of fun and it’s a great chance to develop your rugby. This event is part of the Parafed Waikato ACTIV8 series and hopes to build on the successful tournament we had last year.

  • Players will enter as individuals and will be placed into teams to compete for the ACTIV8 trophy.

  • Games will be played from 6-8pm at Fairfield College, Bankwood Road, Hamilton.

  • Players must be able to attend all game nights, or let me know and we’ll try to arrange some cover.

  • Date: 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th of September 2019.

  • Cost: Free

  • Entries close 3rd of September but let me know as soon as you can!

  • To register or if you have any questions please contact Parafed Waikato.

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Maia Marshall-Amai - Wheel Black

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Name : Maia Marshall-Amai
Nickname : Maiz or Mammy
Based : Auckland
Age : 31
Class : 2.5

How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
I first made the team in 2013.

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
I love the contact and getting to travel the world.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
I look forward to playing any team.

What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
Doing my rookie run in South Africa, I had to dress up in a banana costume and go to the supermarket to buy some bananas.

Who is the funniest teammate?
I'll say it’s Gav even though Cody thinks he's the funniest, but he's just funny looking.

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why?
Probably Cody, just cause I want to know what it feels like being tiny.

Favourite movie?
Love and Basketball.

Favourite song genre?
R&B, reggae and old skool.

Favourite food?
Anything Tishalicious makes.

What is your pre game routine?
Listen to some good sounds.

I want to thank DG sport, Lynn River and my ChingChong BFF.


Support the Wheel Blacks journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Donate here to support the Wheel Blacks and NZ Wheelchair Rugby on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Or support via our community partner, by clicking on Ohau Wines, use  code ‘WheelchairRugby’ to receive a discount for yourself, and for a portion of the sale to be donated to NZ Wheelchair Rugby.

Thank you to Travel Prefab, for supporting NZ Wheelchair Rugby and the Wheel Blacks for their travel needs domestically and internationally.

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Gareth Lynch - Wheel Black

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Name : Gareth Lynch

Nickname : Gaz

Based : Auckland

Age : 22

Class : 1.0

How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
About a year and a half. 

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
It’s an intense, strategic game which I love playing. The awesome team of people make it that much better.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
Every team. I’m fresh to the international game so any team is just as exciting.

What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
Putting in the hard work at camps where everyone is satisfied with the performance.

Who is the funniest teammate?
Gavin comes out with some great comments.

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why? 
Hayden. Would love to be able to generate that much momentum for a hit.

Favourite movie?
Inception.

Favourite song genre?
Anything from drum and base to chill acoustic beats.

Favourite food?
Sushi.

What is your pre game routine?
Clear the head, get warm, get psyched.

Massive thanks to my girlfriend Shae, my family and my friends for their support. Thanks to Melrose, DG Sport and Lynn River for helping with the gear. And lastly all the volunteers who assist the Wheel Blacks, we couldn’t do it without you.


Support the Wheel Blacks journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Donate here to support the Wheel Blacks and NZ Wheelchair Rugby on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Or support via our community partner, by clicking on Ohau Wines, use  code ‘WheelchairRugby’ to receive a discount for yourself, and for a portion of the sale to be donated to NZ Wheelchair Rugby.


Thank you to Travel Prefab, for supporting NZ Wheelchair Rugby and the Wheel Blacks for their travel needs domestically and internationally.

 

 

 

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Nafi Lefono - Wheel Black

Name :      Tainafi “Nafi” Lefono

Nickname :    Nuffs

Based :     Auckland

Age :     33

Class :     2.0

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How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
Been involved since 2010.

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
I love the team atmosphere, the people involved and the travel.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
USA because they’re tough competitors.

What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
Ending up in Christiania in Copenhagen.

Who is the funniest teammate?
Gav cause he’s random.

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why? 
Gav because he’s inspirational.

Favourite movie?
Braveheart.

Favourite song genre?
Anything with a good beat and easy listening.

Favourite food?
Mum and Dad’s Island cooking.

What is your pre game routine?
Listening to music and chilling.

Shout out to DG Sport and Lynn River.


Support the Wheel Blacks journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Donate here to support the Wheel Blacks and NZ Wheelchair Rugby on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Or support via our community partner, by clicking on Ohau Wines, use  code ‘WheelchairRugby’ to receive a discount for yourself, and for a portion of the sale to be donated to NZ Wheelchair Rugby.


Thank you to Travel Prefab, for supporting NZ Wheelchair Rugby and the Wheel Blacks for their travel needs domestically and internationally.

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