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NZ Paralympian enjoys a new life in WA

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New Zealander Jayne Parsons has been going from strength to strength since moving to Dudley Park, a Mandurah suburb, in 2014.

Now an Australian resident, the Paralympian tandem cyclist and her second husband Brent had been looking for a change and WA came to mind.

“Brent had lived in Perth for about three years in the 1980s and loved it here,” Jayne, 53, said.

“And I did my build- up for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, at the Perth Velodrome, and spent six weeks in Perth and loved it too.

“So I thought, right, that's where we're going.”

After the 2012 London Paralympics she switched from bikes to bowls and two years later Jayne and Brent opted for a sea change.Jayne has been blind since her early 20s, as the result of injuries inflicted by her first husband. In New Zealand she had been a tandem cyclist and won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 25km time trial at the Beijing Paralympics.

In Mandurah, Jayne continues to play bowls and in May 2015 she won the Women’s B1 Category at the National Bowls Championships in Adelaide for WA.

Jayne Parsons

Jayne now aims to represent Australia in the 2016 Trans-Tasman blind bowling competition to be held in New Zealand.

Day-to-day, Jayne has the assistance of guide dog Cali.

“I received my first guide dog five months ago. I was never much a fan of animals but I do love my dog Cali,” she said.

“She is starting to make a difference in my life regarding independence. It’s taking time but I now wouldn't do without her.”

On top of her sporting pursuits, Jayne is also a keen fisher and is Ambassador of Fishability Fishers with Disabilities in Western Australia.

“My involvement is being at the jetty face, for the want of a better word,” she said.

“I attend promotional events and hopefully I’ll become a successful role model.

“Just being involved with the participants and the volunteers always keeps my spirits high and builds strength within me."

More information about Jayne (PDF, page 2)