Rotorua para-swimmer features in Facebook global film series celebrating aspiring paralympians and the 15% of people living with a disability

Nick McDonnell - Head of Public Policy, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands – August 20, 2021


#WeThe15 is a global human rights movement representing the world’s 1.2 billion people with disabilities – some 15% of the world’s population. To support our paralympians Facebook has worked with the International Paralympic Committee to launch a film series that explores how sport is creating a positive change for disabled communities around the globe and how our services are enabling communities to grow and come together to have real-world impact.

We visit the Te Arawa Swimming Club, an inclusive, community-run club in Rotorua, who believe that swimming should be accessible to all. We meet Siobhan Terry, an aspiring Kiwi paralympian, who has used swimming and the opportunities the Te Arawa swimming club has offered her, to not only coach other new recruits, but has become an ambassador for para-swimming and hopes to compete in the 2024 Paralympic Games.

“Para sport has enormous value in transforming lives, and this video series showcases that beautifully. A truly inclusive New Zealand means all Kiwis have the chance to participate in sport and be recognised for their achievements. This video series helps to challenge the perception of disability and will encourage disabled Kiwis to get involved in Para sport,” says Fiona Allan, Chief Executive, Paralympics New Zealand.

The other groups featured in the series include an all amputee football team in Brazil, wheelchair basketballers in the UK  and an inclusive surf club in the US.

We’re proud these amazing stories can be shared and that aspiring paralympians and disabled athletes from so many different codes are using our services to build community, share their passions and are taking these online connections into real world success stories.

You can see more about our work in accessibility here or visit our Facebook page.

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