New Zealand has a very long and proud history of competing at the Paralympic Games and other key international pinnacle events. Nearly 50 years ago, we sent a team of 15 Para-Athletes to the 1968 Summer Paralympic Games in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 35 years ago, a team of four kiwis competed in the 1980 Winter Paralympic Games in Geilo, Norway. And we have not missed a single Paralympic Games since! By the time the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games had come around, New Zealand had retained the title of the most successful country in the world for medals per capita, winning a fantastic 21 medals, including nine gold and placing 13th on the overall medal table. A total of 209 Paralympians have represented New Zealand to date.
We look forward with excitement to New Zealand Paralympians competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics Winter Games and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and Para-Athletes competing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will host the largest ever Para-Sport programme in Commonwealth Games history including 38 medal events across 7 sports.
Documents for Para-Athletes: Para-Swimming Nomination Criteria for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games