There are three main ways in which you can be invited to trial for a National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme:
1. Open trials
From time to time Paralympics New Zealand or National Sporting Organisations will host talent identification trial days or training camps. These events are advertised on the Paralympics New Zealand Facebook page, with a link to register your interest. Your application will be reviewed, and eligible athletes will be provided with further information regarding the trial day or training camp. Trial days and training camps may involve general tests of your physical capabilities, sport-specific assessments, observations of your behaviours during training and testing, and discussions of your sport experience and aspirations. Para-Athletes who meet the selection standards may be invited to join the National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme, while those who do not yet meet the standards will be provided advice to assist in preparation towards the next open trial.
In preparation for the next open talent identification trial or camp, we strongly recommend you get started on your Para-Sport journey and join your local Parafed organisation or sporting club. A full list and links to the Parafed organisations and other sport providers can be found here.
Register your interest now to be alerted to the next open Talent Identification trial or camp.
2. Competition performance
Paralympics New Zealand and National Sporting Organisation staff and Coaches frequently attend local, regional and national competitive events to observe Para-Athletes in action. Para-Athletes meeting the required performance standards and/or who display potential for rapid progression and future success in their sport may be invited to join the National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme directly.
Your best chance of being identified through this channel is to get involved in competition and participate in a range of competitive events.
3. Para-Athlete Recommendations
Paralympics New Zealand and National Sporting Organisation staff and Coaches maintain regular contact with a range of organisations to discuss new member registrations and Para-Athlete progress. Examples of the organisations we are regularly in contact with include the regional Parafed Organisations, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, local coaches and disability support organisations. From time to time, Para-Athletes who are progressing rapidly and/or are outstanding performers are recommended through these discussions, and may be invited to join the National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme directly.
Your best chance of being identified through this channel is to get involved in Para-Sport in your local area. For more information on getting started in Para-Sport visit our Start your Journey page.