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Honouring Inaugural Life Member

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Honouring Inaugural Life Member

The idea of Life Membership has long been considered by the Parafed Bay of Plenty Board as there are so many individuals who have been involved in disability sport over the past few years that have made big impacts for our athletes and our organisation. It was agreed in 2015 to begin acknowledging these people.

It was with great pleasure that Parafed Bay of Plenty presented their first Life Membership in February this year to Jim Savage for his many years of support and hard work dedicated to physical disability sport in our region.

Jim Savage is a four time Paralympian, representing New Zealand in the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 Paralympic Games across three sports, archery, athletics and table tennis.  After contracting Polio at the age of 22, Jim took up wheelchair sports in 1964.  His sporting journey has taken him all over the world and with his commitment and enthusiasm for wheelchair sports he was awarded an MBE in 1974 for Services to Paraplegic Sport.

Winning 20 medals across a range of sports at both Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, Jim has inspired generations of local athletes to reach their potential.  Living in Kawerau until a few years ago, he worked with athletes like Eve Rimmer and Matthew Lack to help them achieve their sporting dreams.  Jim was a huge supporter of the Eve Rimmer Games, running the field events as part of athletics for a number of years.  He was also the driving force behind Kawerau wheelchair basketball when he lived down there.

Jim played an active part in the merging of the three regional Bay of Plenty Parafeds in 2010 and became one of the inaugural Board Members.  His support in this area was invaluable. 

Current Board Chair, Bryce McFall said it was a real privilege to award this Life Membership to Jim Savage.

“I was honoured to receive the first Life Membership from Parafed Bay of Plenty, it was a great surprise.  Being unwell at the moment, it lifted my spirits a lot.  It has always been my philosophy to help other disabled people wherever and whenever possible and I have enjoyed doing so”.

Both Bryce and Vice-Chair, Neil Cudby were present to award Jim his membership.

Parafed Bay of Plenty are honoured to have Jim accept his Life Membership and would like to acknowledge his wife, Madeline Savage and their three children for supporting Jim in his goals and achievements. 

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