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Roly Crichton, of Christchurch, ONZM, for services to Paralympic sport

Roly Crichton, of Christchurch, ONZM, for services to Paralympic sport

Roly Crichton is best known as the coach of New Zealand’s most decorated Paralympian, Sophie Pascoe. He won six Paralympic Games medals for swimming in the 1980s. He then began his coaching career with the Ashburton Swim Team and coached at ParaFed Swim Camps. He coached the New Zealand Para-Swimming Development Team and was Head Coach of the New Zealand Para-Swimming Team. He began coaching at the QEII Swim Club in the early 2000s and coached Hadleigh Pierson to selection for the Paralympic Games. He is a key member of the Paralympics New Zealand coaching team. Mr Crichton has coached a number of triathletes and coached the Canterbury Wheelchair Basketball team to their first National Trophy in seven years.

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