Press - 7th August 2018
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Achilles New Zealand

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parkrun New Zealand is pleased to announce that it is teaming up with Achilles International New Zealand and aims to support and assist Achilles NZ members, walkers and runners in taking part in parkrun events and encouraging support amongst the parkrun community. A key factor in the ongoing success of Achilles New Zealand is developing partnerships, which assists in creating a stronger community for Achilles members and driving public attention to the work of the organisation.

 

Achilles NZ provides New Zealanders with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in local, national and international events.

 

Achilles International is a worldwide organisation whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, and enhance self-esteem and lower barriers.

 

parkrun New Zealand welcomes the opportunity of having Achilles New Zealand as a supporter.

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