I currently co chair the Parafed Waikato board with Lucy A Hobbs. I am a passionate sports person. I have represented NZ at the Paralympics in 2004 in Athens in wheelchair Tennis. More recently I have represented NZ in hand cycling. 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 am a very proud Greek and New Zealander. I worked for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games and am very passionate about the Paralympic movement. I have studied international relations with a masters in diplomacy. I am currently working as the Director of Philanthropy for Auckland Museum. I have spent 13 years in New Zealand in the sponsorship, events and sports industry. I have a family of five with two girls working in Auckland, I live in Arapuni with my husband Craig and our son, Michail. I am very grateful to co-chair Parafed Waikato with Tiffiney Perry.
I have been secretary for 3 years and thoroughly enjoy being part of such an important organisation in the Waikato. I became involved with Parafed Waikato 9 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 persons 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 it’s new strategic plan and works towards a dedicated Parafed Waikato facility.
I have served on the Parafed committee/ board for over 20 years. I am passionate about disabled sport and have competed in many sports over the years. Particularly I have enjoyed wheelchair rugby, tennis, basketball and cycling, amongst others.I am an advocate for encouraging disabled people to play sport and helping to find solutions that work for them in everyday life. My son has an intellectual disability called Global Developmental Delay so this brings a new set of challenges for us. He attends Hamilton North School also. My wife, Tiffiney Perry is also an advocate for disabled sport and co chairs the Parafed Waikato Board.
I am a father of 6, a grandfather of 9 and have been married for 23 years. I am employed as a truck driver for Waste Management . I compete in the sport of shooting (10m Air Rifle). My wife Kiri is very supportive of my passion for shooting and my involvement with Parafed and I enjoy sitting on the board and advising where I can.
Peter van Vroonhoven
Kia Ora tatou.
I am grateful and excited to have joined the Parafed Waikato board. My connection to disability and para-sports is through my son who plays Powerchair Football. I coordinate the sport in the Waikato and am Vice President of New Zealand Powerchair Football’s national body.
Powerchair Football has given our son Willem, who has Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, a whole new perspective on life and gives him a set of skills, opportunities and enjoyment otherwise not available to him.
I look forward to being able to facilitate the same benefits Will gets to everyone who would benefit, regardless of their circumstances.
I have been married to my amazing wife Jo for 34 years, and we four sons; Zach, Jake, Rory and of course Will. I am a teacher and as well as my teaching degree I have a Post Grad Diploma in Management studies.
I look forward to working with Tiffiney, Lucy and the rest of the board over the coming months and years.