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High Performance

Paralympics New Zealand selects and supports athletes and teams to attend international competitions. The core international competitions that are of immense importance to the Paralympics New Zealand High Performance Programme are the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. More information on the Paralympic Games can be found on our Events page.

In addition, Paralympics New Zealand leads High Performance Training programmes and campaigns in the sports of Para swimming, Para cycling and Shooting Para sport, and provides assistance to High Performance programmes in Para athletics, and Adaptive Snow Sports.

The information on this page applies mostly to Para athletes, coaches and staff involved in High Performance Para Sport programmes.


There are a number of guidelines which High Performance Para-Athletes, Coaches and Staff should be familiar with including Paralympics New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand High Performance Plans, funding policies, and support guidelines:

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Documents

Paralympics New Zealand 2018 Carding Criteria

Paralympics New Zealand 2018 Para Athlete Investment Criteria

PNZ High Performance Plan (2013 – 2020)

PNZ Multi-Year PEGS Policy

High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) Documents

HPSNZ Strategic Plan 2013 – 2020

HPSNZ Athlete Carding Guidelines 2013 – 2016

HPSNZ Athlete Performance Support Guidelines 2013 -2016

HPSNZ Prime Minister Scholarship Programme – Athlete Guidelines

HPSNZ Prime Minster Scholarship Programme – Coach, Support Team and Officials Guidelines

Information for High Performance Para-Athletes, Coaches, and Programme Staff

Paralympics New Zealand is committed to having robust and transparent selection and investment criteria. Paralympics New Zealand therefore has implemented overarching selection and investment criteria which are easily understood by coaches and athletes. All these sport specific criteria are evidence based and are key to Paralympics New Zealand’s ultimate goal of having more Para athletes winning on the World stage.

The objective of the Paralympics New Zealand Selection Regulation is to clearly document and make available to all athletes and Sports Organisations of PNZ Managed and Paralympic Games sports the process and selection criteria to be used by PNZ in selecting athletes for major international events.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – IPC Qualification Criteria

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – PNZ Selection Criteria

2018 PNZ General Selection Criteria

PNZ Selection Policy – 2017 World Para Swimming Championships 

All High Performance Para athletes, Coaches and Staff are encouraged to return to this page frequently for updated policies, guidelines, plans and criteria.

Selection Information

Major Partners

ToyatoHigh Performance Sport New Zealand

Official Partners

Adecco ACCHarvey NormanTVNZ

Community Partners

MondelezSanfordNew Zealand Chambers of Commerce
New Zealand Racing BoardPub CharityThe Lion FoundationNew Zealand Community Trust

Official Suppliers

Simpson Gierson Blue StarBLKOceanbridge        


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