Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Winter Paralympians welcomed home by PM Ardern

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympians officially welcomed home by Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand’s triple medal-winning Paralympic Winter Games Team was officially welcomed home by Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, during a special event at AUT Millennium in Auckland yesterday.

Joining her in offering congratulations on behalf of all New Zealanders was the Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Disability Issues and almost 100 invited supporters, including High Performance Sport New Zealand, Snow Sports New Zealand and Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) partners and suppliers. Of note were the production and support teams from TVNZ and Attitude Pictures, who had worked so hard to deliver live and free-to-air coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on DUKE.

Adam Hall, Corey Peters and Carl Murphy were visibly moved by the congratulations offered during the event. The three Paralympians had an exceptional Games. Para skier Adam Hall returned with a gold in Slalom and bronze in the Super Combined, sit skier Corey Peters took out a bronze in the Downhill and Para snowboarder, Carl Murphy delivered exceptional performances that saw him finish once in the top 6.

“I feel like New Zealand has really been behind me all the way through PyeongChang, I think the broadcast coverage on DUKE has been amazing and I have had so many people contacting me on social media to say they are watching. I’ve had to turn my notifications off so that I can sleep!” said Hall.

He continued: “It was great to meet the Prime Minister and to hear her talk about how much impact our performances have had in New Zealand and how proud she is of what we have achieved.”

Just prior to the start of the event, a private meet and greet was arranged, during which the Prime Minister and Minister for Disability Issues were formally introduced to the PyeongChang 2018 Team. But also, PNZ was thrilled to be able to introduce members of the Geilo 1980 Team, New Zealand’s first team to ever attend a Paralympic Winter Games and also, the three gold, silver and bronze medallists from the Innsbruck 1984 Team, New Zealand’s first team to win medals at a Paralympic Winter Games.

Vivienne Gapes (nee Martin), New Zealand’s first ever Paralympic Winter Games gold medallist, said: “It was an amazing event. We’re all so excited to come back together with the winter community and to celebrate with the Prime Minister. Hearing about PyeongChang brought back a whole lot of memories!”

Adam Hall, Corey Peters and Carl Murphy all returned home yesterday to spend time with family and friends, before flying back to join the ACC Paralympics New Zealand Open Days in Tauranga this Sunday, 25 March and in Dunedin in two weeks’, on 7 April. The team hope a new generation of Para skiers and Para snowboarders will have been inspired to come out and find out more about Para sport.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland