PLEASE JOIN US - EVERYONE IS WELCOME
People join Achilles for many reasons and with many goals. Some wish to improve physical strength, or to build confidence, or to help someone else achieve their dream - and some just because they love to run. Yet everyone cherishes the sense of friendship, encouragement, and community that they find with us.
BECOME A MEMBER
We believe that with support, nurturing, and training, any person with a disability can participate and succeed in mainstream sports.
Provided you have a willingness to try, you can run. Current members of Achilles New Zealand who run have varied disabilities such as visual, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, amputation, cystic fibrosis, not to mention those who suffer from stroke, cancer, traumatic head injury, and more.
By training and racing together, our disabled and able-bodied athletes learn to support each other and focus on what brings them together, rather than what might keep them apart.
We welcome new members at anytime. If you are physically challenged and would like to participate in mainstream athletics, or to just come along and share the pleasure of fitness and sociability we offer - please make contact today, no matter where in New Zealand you live.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP
Volunteers are vital to the Achilles community to provide companionship and safety. Good conversation is their greatest aid to training.
Some runners may use a wheelchair or prostheses or they may be blind, but through the assistance and training provided to them by volunteers of Achilles New Zealand, they are able to run in races.
While the general role is to accompany disabled runners during the course of a workout or race, on any given day an Achilles volunteer will function as a member’s eyes, ears, guide, and motivator.
We welcome new volunteers at anytime. Our needs include not only running guides, but fundraisers, administrators and much more. Decide what skills, resources and/or time you would like to offer and contact us with your details for consideration.
HOW YOUR MEMBERSHIP WORKS
Anyone of any age with a disability and who wants to run is welcome to become a member of Achilles New Zealand. Membership is free and there is minimal or no charge to participate in local races. And an Achilles T-shirt will be provided to those who show determination. Just complete our online Membership Application Form by clicking below and one of our volunteers will make contact with you. Or review our FAQ's here...
Please note: If running events are held outside of the city where you reside, Achilles NZ may be able to help with some financial assistance by meeting some or all of the race fees and some part of the costs of room and board at the city where the event takes place. However you will be responsible for your own transportation costs.
TIPS FOR VOLUNTEER GUIDE RUNNERS
If you're considering becoming a volunteer running guide we have a few tips here for working with disabled athletes.
FORTNIGHTLY TRAINING SESSIONS
Why not drop by and join us for a Sunday morning training session to learn more. Sessions available in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch presently. All athletes, guides and volunteers are welcome.
AN EMPHASIS ON FUN FOR CHILDREN
We think it's important that every child with a disability is encouraged to participate in physical activity in whatever way they can. We can help them enjoy the challenge of running, rolling or walking and we'll do all we can to bolster their self-esteem along the way - and have some FUN.
Throughout the year Achilles Kids are invited to participate in our Sunday training sessions and in any event that our other Achilles athletes will be attending. We'll pair them with other children where possible and be with them every step of the way, providing cheery encouragement and support.