Her Excellency Dame Patsy speaking at the Farewell event for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Paralympics New Zealand is honoured to have Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand as the organisation’s Patron. She accepted the role in November 2016.

The next few years will continue to be a period of great change and development for Para sport in New Zealand and it was hugely encouraging to have Her Excellency’s appointment as Patron of Paralympics New Zealand confirmed.

Her Excellency’s first official event with Paralympics New Zealand was the Farewell event for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Team that Her Excellency and His Excellency kindly hosted at Government House, Auckland on 8 November. The evening began with a key note speech from Dame Patsy, she spoke from the heart about the courage and determination of Para athletes and commended them for contributing to positively changing community perceptions of disability in New Zealand.