Graham Condon, rendered a paraplegic after contracting childhood polio, was a paralympic champion, representing New Zealand at six Paralympics between 1968 and 1988, winning medals and setting both national and international records in several events.
Condon was elected as a Christchurch City Councillor in 1995. He served four terms and was standing for re-election for the Shirley-Papanui ward. Condon was killed after he was hit by a car on Lower Styx Road on Saturday, September 8, 2007, whilst riding his hand-propelled bicycle.
He is survived by his wife Kath and children Craig and Andrea.
Following a proposal by the Mayor Garry Moore the new recreation centre in Papanui was named the Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre. The centre opened on October 8, 2011. A plaque commemorating Councillor Condon’s work was unveiled at the Papanui Service Centre in a breakfast ceremony.
A tribute page was opened to the public on the Christchurch City Council website. The tributes were added to a condolence book which was presented to Cr Condon’s family. The funeral service for Graham Condon was held at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes Street, at 10am on September 14 2007.
- Funeral biggest show in town – Stuff.co.nz, 15 September 2007
- Mourners gather – Stuff.co.nz, 14 September 2007
- Mother tells of final text from teen, Stuff.co.nz – 11 September 2007
- Call for curbs on teen drivers – Stuff.co.nz, 11 September 2007
- Campaigns put on hold – Stuff.co.nz, 10 September 2007
- Plan to name centre after Condon – Stuff.co.nz, 10 September 2007
- Condon remembered – TVNZ, 9 September 2007 – contains video
- Teens in fatal crashes – Stuff.co.nz, 10 September 2007
- Teen on restricted licence – TVNZ, 10 September 2007
- Calls for tougher rules on teen drivers – TVNZ, 10 September 2007
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