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New Zealand’s Paralympic sailors urgently need funds for Rio preparations

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According to a fundraising page for an event scheduled to take place on June 1, “Kiwi Gold Sailing are representing New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and urgently need funding to compete in crucial international training regattas to prepare the boys for Rio 2016.”   The team includes Richard Dodson, Andrew May, Chris Sharp and Quentin Smith.

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Funding decisions by High Performance Sport New Zealand show 2015 had NZ$1,955,000 (€1,173,000, US$1,327,00) allocated for Paralympics NZ , with another NZ$500,000 allocated for Rio Paralympics Games delivery.  No funds were specifically allocated for sailing.  Scholarships were available to Paralympians through  their Performance Enhancement Grants (PEGs), which provided bulk funding to Paralympics NZ.  None of New Zealand’s Rio bound sailors were recipients of 2016 Prime Minsters Athlete Scholarships.  Availability to access government funding has been further restricted by the sport having been cut from the 2020 Paralympic program.

To try to raise funds to enable them to compete in training regattas, a fundraiser is being held on June 1, with tickets costing NZ$199. Peter Montgomery is serving as the Master of Ceremonies. The three course meal is being prepared by Peta Mathias. Sir Bob Jones will be a guest speaker, and a charity auction is also taking place with items up for bid including a new Fiat 500 Sport car.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2521 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.

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