The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place between 4 – 15 April 2018. It is an inclusive event, which means that able-bodied athletes and Para athletes compete alongside one another in their respective sports. GC2018 will set a new Commonwealth Games record by hosting up to 300 Para athletes and 38 medal events across seven Para sports – an increase of 45% more athletes and 73% more medals compared to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The GC2018 Para sport programme has been developed by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and GC2018 in consultation with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and other relevant international sport federations to showcase the best of Para sport in the Commonwealth. Para swimming, Para athletics, Para Lawn Bowls, Para Powerlifting, Para cycling (track), Para Table Tennis and Para triathlon will all be offered.
The New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team features 13 Para athletes in three Para sports, including Rio 2016 Paralympic Games silver medallist and Opening Ceremony flag bearer, Holly Robinson, who will again represent New Zealand in Javelin (nominated for selection by Athletics New Zealand); plus a 7-strong Para bowls team, consisting of David Stallard and director Peter Blick, alongside Sue Curran and director Ann Muir, who will contest the B2/3 mixed pair Para lawn bowls event and Bruce Wakefield, Mark Noble and Barry Wynks, who have also been named to the team and will contest the B6/7/8 open triples Para lawn bowls event (nominated by Bowls New Zealand).
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) itself is thrilled to be responsible for nominating five Para swimmers for selection to the nineteen-strong New Zealand Aquatics team, including Sophie Pascoe, Jesse Reynolds, Tupou Neiufi, Chris Arbuthnott and Celyn Edwards. PNZ is the National Sports Organisation (NSO) for Para swimming in New Zealand and our team of high performance coaches and support staff will travel with the team to Australia.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign is managed by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) and more information can be found here.
The Games will be broadcast on TVNZ, you can find out more at their hub here.
A full schedule for the five Para swimmers can be found here.
PNZ wishes all selected Para athletes the best of luck on their road to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!