Peter van Vroonhoven
It is an honour and a pleasure to accept the chairperson role here at Parafed Waikato.
I’ve been fortunate to have been on the board for three years, and deputy chair for the past 12 months.
To now take over from Tiffiney Perry yet keep her on the board as deputy means a smooth transition can take place while I find my feet
It’s been amazing to watch this board and our staff do some wonderful work.
Our membership has grown, our relationships with funders and strategic partners have strengthened, our members, clubs and teams have enjoyed some extraordinary successes, at local, national and international levels. Long may it continue.
On a personal level, I’ve met some amazing people, enjoyed the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge in the para-sport space, and have presided over the sport my son plays – Powerchair Football.
I am now totally focused on Parafed Waikato, alongside my related role on the Parafed National Leadership Group.
In the short term, now our strategic plan is completed, I look forward to developing our operational plan and implementing it, ensuring it is appropriately resourced.
I can’t wait for the next 12 months.
I have been involved with Parafed Waikato for many years and been a co-chair and am now the vice-chairperson of a great team of passionate board members and staff.
I am a passionate about sport.
Over the years I have represented New Zealand at the Paralympics in 2004 in Athens in wheelchair tennis.
I have also represented New Zealand in hand cycling at various world champs and world cups.
I now compete at a mostly national level, but I love to keep fit.
I am married to Chris Harvey and we have two children, Emma and Jack.
I am a current trustee of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust.
We support community projects and partner with organisations in the Waikato to build stronger communities.
I am also the secretary of New Zealand Wheelchair Tennis.
I have been secretary for three years and thoroughly enjoy being part of such an important organisation in the Waikato.
I became involved with Parafed Waikato nine years ago, when my son first attended the Independence Games, now known as the Halberg Junior Disability Games.
We have been involved in many activities and opportunities offered over the years and I have seen the benefits these can bring to a young person’s life.
The inner strength they can gain from finding their path in life through sport, being active and meeting other inspiring people is a wonderful thing to be a part of.
I am privileged to have been voted on the board this year.
I currently work for the Perry Group and help with the administration and financial requirements of Parafed Waikato.
I have been in this support role for five years now.
During this time we have moved to the Xero accounting package and improved our membership database.
I’m keen to support the board as it implements its new strategic plan and works towards a dedicated Parafed Waikato facility.
I’m a dad of a couple great kids. Ava is a young teenager and a triple amputee.
I am keen about youth participation and, because of Ava’s interests, I am interested in wheelchair tennis and swimming.
By watching Ava attend a couple of the Junior Disability Games in the past, I have observed that her being part of a team and included has meant a lot to her (and to us, her family).
I would love to help develop the inclusion of many more young people from our region to share in the great opportunity that sport brings to all.
I have worked in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry for the last 30 years in a range of positions, from technical support through to sales and management.
In the past I have been involved in assisting apprentice competitions and involved in the national refrigeration organisation for the last 20 years.
I value the opportunity to work with the Parafed Waikato Board.
Currently I work part-time at Hospice Waikato on the leadership team as Family Services Manager and also in my private counselling practice from home.
Ten years ago our then 20 year old son Tim had a snowboarding accident in Canada, which resulted in him becoming a tetraplegic.
Since then I have attended many wheelchair rugby events to support him.
I have seen the tremendous value for Tim in participating in such a great sport.
My husband Phil and I, and our extended family, have also valued the friendship of other players and their families.
To be honest I’m not a sporty person, but I am very enthusiastic about the many benefits that sport offers those with disabilities.
I look forward to contributing to the ongoing progress and development of Parafed Waikato.
I have been passionately involved in sport since November 2016 when the Paralympic Open Day was held in Cambridge.
Primarily involved in athletics, I also participate in wheelchair rugby and rock climbing.
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
At the moment I am thinking of working with children with disabilities when I graduate.
However, as the opportunities in OT are endless, who knows where I will end up!
I am also a sports co-ordinator for Little People of New Zealand.
This role I proposed myself as there was that ‘role’ missing where our members of short stature can be directed into finding sport and recreation they love.
My name is Peter Klinkhamer and I have been involved with Parafed Waikato for 17 years.
I became involved due to my son becoming a tetraplegic due to a motorcycle accident.
Parafed Waikato assisted my son in his early years as a wheelchair rugby player.
I have met a lot of people through Parafed and wheelchair rugby, and made lasting friendships.
I have previously served on the board and like to help in any way that I can.