Congratulations to Raylene Bates, who has been awarded the Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Order of Merit.
The PNZ Order of Merit recognises individuals who have given outstanding service to PNZ or Para sport.
Raylene has had an amazing 40+ years of service and dedication to Para Athletics and PNZ generally. She has contributed in many ways including as a competitor, administrator, official and coach in both voluntary and paid roles, working with children to veterans.
Raylene has transformed Para Athletics in New Zealand and worked tirelessly to offer increased opportunities for Para athletes. Photo credit: Alisha Lovrich