WELCOME TO ACHILLES INTERNATIONAL NEW ZEALAND
Achilles International New Zealand provides New Zealanders with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in local mainstream events like Cigna Round the Bays, Taupo Half Marathon, the Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington Marathons (and more), as well as the high-profile international New York Marathon.
LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS
An important announcement from our Chair, Jo Walker
Hi Achilles Family!
We have a fantastic announcement that we are incredibly excited to be making. As of the 1st of May, we will have a newly appointed National Manager. John Bowden has been selected for the role and brings with him a wealth of experience in the sport and disability sector.
John has most recently returned to NZ with his two daughters after spending the last four years heading up Athletics Northern Territory. Prior to this John was a National Teams Consultant for Athletics NZ and Coach Performance Manager for Paralympics NZ. He also has an impressive International running acumen of his own as an athlete.
One of John’s first roles as GM will be to touch base with our Achilles community, gather valuable feedback and start implementing systems and processes to get us growing in membership and communicating more effectively with one another as an organisation.
After our AGM on the 21st of May the board and John will be attending a strategy day. Once this has taken place we will be making available our plans for Achilles for the year ahead and ongoing.
We are looking forward to seeing some positive changes over the coming year and hope you can join us in welcoming John to the team.
Onward and upwards!
Jo – Chair of Achilles
Registrations for this years NYC Marathon are now closed
For any other questions regarding this event please contact either of the following people.
For all travel package & flight related questions, including customised itineraries, please contact
Phone: 07 557 9405
For all other Achilles NYC Marathon team questions, please contact:
Mike Lloyd: firstname.lastname@example.org
Achilles New Zealand at Cigna Round the Bays 2017 - Wellington
Back to the mountain: Disabled Kiwi determined to conquer Coast to Coast
Richard Warwick will embark on a 30.5 kilometre mountain run this weekend - his second attempt to conquer the harsh leg of the Coast to Coast multi-sport event.
The Nelson father-of-five is almost completely paralysed down his left side after he was struck with a brain bleed at 16-years-old caused by a condition called arteriovenous malformation.....
For the full story, follow this link
ICAP Fundraising Day 2016
Achilles ambassadors Garth Bray & Niva Retimanu were in Wellington for the ICAP Charity Day on 7th December along with Achilles Chairperson Jo Walker.
An incredible $36,000 was raised for Achilles NZ. We are extremely grateful to ICAP for this amazing donation!
The above picture is of Garth with the team - can you guess the theme?!
Hannah Pascoe: At South Island Para-Cycling Talent Identification and Development Camp
Hannah Pascoe who has taken part in New York twice with Achilles and completed a triathlon recently took part in the South Island Para-Cycling Talent Identification and Development Camp. We are unbelievably proud of Hannah and wish her all the best. To see the full story, follow this link.
Hannah also has recently featured in the Otago Daily Times. This story relates to how she is undertaking the 2016 Dunedin Marathon (her 13th in total) and how her disability brought her out of her shell and now undertaking numerous runs, triathlons etc - an inspiration to many, both with and without disabilities! For the full story, following this link.
Updated Media Mentions!
There has been many media mentions over the past 18 months for Achilles athletes and guides. To see the updates, head over to the section on 'Media Mentions' under 'News' to view, or click here!
Anyone of any age with a disability who wants to get moving is welcome to become a member of Achilles International New Zealand. More...
We meet each fortnight, on Sunday mornings, to put our athletes and their guides through their paces. You're welcome to join us. More...
Members can be assisted at a wide range of running events all across NZ, and we'll match you up with the support you need. More...
We need lots of help to achieve our goals, so whatever skills, resources and/or time you can offer we'd love to hear from you. More...
Even if you can't spare any of your time we always need donations to keep the charity working for our athletes. More...
We love it when our people - be they athletes or volunteer helpers - get themselves into the news. Check out our recent Media Mentions
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MEET ACHILLES NEW ZEALAND'S AMBASSADORS
In New Zealand our Achilles Ambassadors not only guide disabled athletes through various marathons, but selflessly help us to raise awareness of the Achilles mission locally. The support and commitment that each Ambassador provides us significantly assists to enable numerous kiwi's with a wide variety of disabilities to enjoy the delight and self-satisfaction of participating in mainstream athletics events. Want to meet them? Come and join us...
Ambassadors: Jaden Movold, Frank Bunce, Rachel Grunwell, Greg Boyed, Tawera Nikau, Niva Retimanu, Rod Dixon, Nadine Chalmers-Ross, Garth Bray, Corin Dann