There are 29 sports on offer at the Paralympic Games (23 Summer and 6 Winter), with a large number of these sports currently available within New Zealand at various levels of competition.
Click here for a full list of Paralympic Sports and more information about each.
Nowadays, the difference between an elite Paralympic Athlete and an Olympic Athlete is actually very small. Both train and compete with the same level of dedication, however a Para-Athlete has a disability or impairment that makes them eligible to compete in Para-Sport. Para-Sport is an adapted form of able bodied sport with different equipment or amended rules to accommodate for the physical differences of these athletes. Some Para-Sports are unique and there is no able bodied equivalent. The Paralympic Games takes place every four years and is now one of the most competitive multi-sport competitions in the world. The Para-Athletes that take part are amongst the fittest, strongest and fastest athletes in the world.
Whatever your experience and aspirations, there are a number of opportunities for you to get involved in Para-Sport in New Zealand.
The sections below will guide you through how to get started and what it takes to become a Paralympian. Here you will find all the information you need as you progress through your journey to the Paralympic Games from Grassroots to Gold!