The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which begin exactly 2.5 weeks after the end of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and take place in the exact same location and venues, will run from 7-18 September 2016 (8-19 September, NZST). Held every four years, the Summer Paralympic Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for disabled athletes. Amongst the sweeping vistas of Rio de Janeiro, over 4,350 athletes from 178 countries are expected to compete in 22 sports, across 526 medal events.
The New Zealand Paralympic Team is currently made up of 31 Para-Athletes and 33 Support Staff. Together, the team is targeting an ambitious 18 medals, including 12 gold medals, and hopes to retain its title as number one in the world medals per capita - a title it first won at the London 2012 Paralympic Games four years ago. For the first time in more than a decade, all kiwis will be able to see the New Zealand Paralympic Team live in action on free-to-air TV and online, thanks to TVNZ and Attitude.