Healthvision Festival of Disability Sports Awards

The organising committee for the HealthVision Festival of Disability Sport 2019 Awards are requesting nominations for the awards.

The criteria and key information for the awards:

  • Nominations are now open and close on Friday 1st March.

  • All nominees must be participating in the Festival under one of the five Festival Sporting Codes.

  • All nominations must be endorsed by the appropriate governing Festival Sporting Code Organisation (NZ Wheelchair Rugby National Committee)

  • There are 4 categories – sportswoman, sportsman, coach, emerging talent

  • There will be 1 supreme winner – this will be decided from the winners of the 4 categories.

  • Up to 3 finalists for each award category will receive a complimentary Awards Dinner ticket.

  • All nominees must complete the nomination form and submit it before the 1st March.

  • An athlete can only be nominated for their achievements in their Festival sporting code, if they have also done great things in other codes eg swimming, that information can be included as a side note which could be read out by the MC, however they will not be judged on those sporting achievements.

·The organising committee decided not to include team of the year, this category may be added in future years as the Festival develops. If an athlete has done amazing things as part of a team, then that’s great, they would be nominated under the sportsman or sportswomen category.

The Nomination form can be downloaded here. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, contact the Event Manager, Claudia West on 022 430 1435 or email

NZ Wheelchair Rugby Development Opportunities

We sadly accept Bevin Jenkinsons resignation as Head Bench for NZ Wheelchair Rugby. Bevin has been doing a great job in this role for over three years. His reliability as Head Bench will be greatly missed but we wish Bevin all the best as he pursues his personal goals and assists with his wedding plans. Bevin will continue to support his local Waikato region and is planning to return at some stage in the future.

NZ Wheelchair Rugby has three roles to fill:

  • Head Referee - if you are interested in the Head Referee role, email for more information by 15th February 2019.

  • Head Bench - if you are interested in the Head Bench role, email for more information by 15th February 2019.

  • Ken Sowden Cup Referee - travel required to Melbourne 14-17 March. We are requesting interest from NZ referees graded as International Referee – Zone (has completed an advanced clinic and can officiate at international tournaments within their Zone).

    Please contact by 13th February to show your interest and availability to travel to Melbourne to Referee the Ken Sowden Cup games.

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation - Call for Applications.

IWRF Members - The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) is seeking qualified applicants for the role of Technical Delegate at sanctioned events from 2019 to 2022.

Please read Call for Applications for information on these roles and how to apply. The deadline for applications is February 21, 2019.

For more information, please contact Kathy Newman, Chair of the IWRF Competitions Committee, at

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