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Anthea Gunner-Dixon named Marriots Canterbury Sports Awards Sportsperson with a Disability finalist

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Earlier today,  Anthea Gunner-Dixon announced on Facebook that she had been named a Marriots Canterbury Sports Awards Sportsperson with a Disability finalist.  She is nominated alongside Athletics Canterbury’s Caitlin Dore, Canoe Racing New Zealand’s Scott Martlew and  Swim Canterbury’s Sophie Pascoe.



Last year, Dixon competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games, riding on Doncartier, where she finished seventh in the Individual Results Grade II – Team Test and competed in the individual test. After a long period abroad competing, she returned to New Zealand in September.  At the Parafed Canterbury awards dinner in November, she was named the Sportsperson of the Year and was an elite scholarship recipient. She competed at in 2014 included the North Loburn Equestrian Centre’s Christmas. The Grade II competitor finished the year ranked 40th in the world among all 194 male and female para-equestrian competitors across all classes. Gunner-Dixon also teaches riding classes in her spare time.


The award winner will be based on sport performance from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  The winner will be announced at the Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch on March 6.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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