Par­a­lympic ath­letes to fea­ture on the big day

Te Puke Times - - Front Page -

Some of the Bay’s most suc­cess­ful par­a­lympians will be part of Satur­day’s Seeka Te Puke Float Pa­rade.

Jim Sav­age, who is a for­mer Pon­gakawa School pupil, was di­ag­nosed with po­lio in his early 20s.

Now in his 80s, he has rep­re­sented New Zealand at nine Par­a­lympics, bring­ing home hauls of medals in archery, bowls, ath­let­ics and sail­ing.

He is a men­tor for the Parafed Aspir­ing Youth pro­gramme.

Dave Mac­cal­man was in­jured in a div­ing ac­ci­dent while on his way to take up a bas­ket­ball schol­ar­ship in the US.

He went on to com­pete in the de­cathlon rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at two Par­a­lympics and held the world wheel­chair javelin record for more than 30 years.

Stacey Roche, orig­i­nally from Katikati, rep­re­sented New Zealand in boc­cia at the Syd­ney games. She now coaches at Bay Boc­cia.

Tau­ranga ath­lete Amanda Lowry qual­i­fied for the Tokyo Par­a­lympics in swim­ming and also rep­re­sents the Bay of Plenty in wheel­chair rugby.

Along with fel­low player Paul Hale and coach Neil Cudby, Amanda re­cently re­turned from Thai­land where they played in an in­vi­ta­tional team in the build-up to the world cham­pi­onships.

Parafed Bay of Plenty’s youth team will also be part of the pa­rade, which starts at 11am out­side the li­brary. It will travel east down Jel­li­coe St to the Ox­ford St round­about and re­turn along Jel­li­coe St, to turn at RD1 and make a sec­ond cir­cuit.

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