Peter van Vroonhoven

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.

Nga Mihi

Tiffiney Perry

Tiffiney Perry


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.

Maree Phillips

Maree Phillips

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.

Sue Fookes

Sue Fookes

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.

Stu Meehan

Stu Meehan

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.

Jacob Phillips

Jacob Phillips

I’ve been a member of Parafed Waikato for many years now and thoroughly enjoy being involved with the organization in any way that I can. I have spent my time as a competitive sprinter while studying at Otago and was fortunate to place top 8 at the Paralympic Games place in Rio de Janiero 2016. I now have a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Sport Development and Management, with a particular interest in governance and policy creation within the sporting sector.

I was an inaugural member of the Halberg Youth Council and was also fortunate enough to work alongside Cathy and David last summer as part of an internship opportunity through BeAccessible. I am excited to be a member of the board and look forward to sharing my experience and ideas to enhance the already amazing work Parafed Waikato does.

Peter Klinkhamer

Peter Klinkhamer

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.

Sophie Ridgway

Sophie Ridgway

Hi, my name is Sophie Ridgway,

I have been a part of Parafed Waikato since 2018 and it has been an amazing experience for me and my family and I’m honored to be the Board youth representative 

I am open to share with the board and others a youth perspective on the decisions we make 

I am passionate about sports and the well-being and sporting opportunities for young disabled children and adults like myself 

I am loving being a- part of the board and the many opportunities they have given me to speak out about my views decision making for disabled youth 

Clare Szabo

Clare Szabo

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Parafed Waikato through my son Thomas. Thomas has cerebral palsy and our first experience with Parafed Waikato was through attending the Halberg Games.

Over the last few years Thomas has been fortunate enough to attend many events and ‘Have a go’ sessions. Being a member of the junior group has had such a positive impact on Thomas physically, but more importantly his confidence and self-esteem.

Being a board member of Parafed Waikato to me is an opportunity to give back to such a great organisation, it’s a real privilege to be part of something that is so important in our community.

I am looking forward to supporting wherever I can to help ensure the continued growth and success of Parafed Waikato.

Rob Schultz

Rob Schultz

I have been involved with the Parafed Waikato organisation for 3 years now. My son Zac has Cerebral Palsy and is an active member of the Parafed Waikato Youth organisation, participating in all the amazing sporting activities that the Parafed Waikato team gets him involved in. I have watched my son build many friendships with his team mates within the Parafed Waikato organisation over the years and we feel like we are part of a wider Parafed Waikato family. 

The Parafed organisation and its team do such a great job getting kids and adults with physical disabilities active in inclusive sporting events and it in turn opens up a world of opportunities for them. Hence, I wanted to give something back and assist where possible, to grow and create more awareness in the local Waikato community as to the great things that the Parafed Waikato organisation do and offer and work towards and delivering on the organisations strategic plan. Late 2021, I was honored to be selected as a member of the Parafed Waikato board.