francis asare

francis asare

I occupy the newly created position of Operations Manager for Parafed Waikato. I was appointed in February 2023 on a part-time.

As the Operations Manager my purpose is to lead, represent and act as a champion for Parafed Waikato in the disability, sports and commercial sectors. Optimising opportunities for all our members and providing leadership to our Parafed staff, enabling them to deliver their operational objectives.

Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate Degree at the School of Health, Sport and Human Performance, University of Waikato. My research focuses on how to increase and improve disabled people’s participation in sports often impaired by inequities and lack of access to assistive technology (i.e., prosthetics and wheelchairs).

It is a pleasure that I can transfer my research into the community, specifically helping our Parafed members reach their highest potential in both daily life and sports – with support from David and Cathy.

I am always on the lookout for partnerships, relationships and networks as such if you feel motivated to be part of our events and programs, kindly contact me at 0277720267 or send me a mail at [email protected].



David Klinkhamer

David Klinkhamer

At Parafed Waikato I work to provide sporting opportunities for people with physical disabilities.

I have a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and part of the Waikato Wheelchair Rugby team.

The opportunities that I have had from being involved in sport have been much greater than I have ever imagined.

I’ve been able to travel the world playing Wheelchair Rugby.

I’ve met so many awesome people and have had lots and lots of fun.

I want to encourage every person with a disability to be involved in sport or physical activity.

If you are thinking about getting involved in a sport or want to talk about what opportunities are available for you, please give me a call. I’d love to hear from you.



Cathy Wooller

Cathy Wooller

I started working for Parafed Waikato in April 2018 in the role of Project Manager.

Six months later my position changed to the sports development officer.

I am looking forward to strengthening our current sports as well as developing further sporting opportunities for our athletes and focusing on our youth.

I am married to Glyn and we have two adult daughters.

Both Glyn and myself are very passionate about sports and he also works in the sporting sector.

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