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Marguerite Christophers, Classification Manager


The Classification Manager role involves guiding and supporting PNZ Member Sports to develop and implement robust, sustainable, compliant, and credible classification systems, structures, and activities to grow Para sport in New Zealand and contribute to Para athlete success on the world stage. Classification is the cornerstone of Para sport as it defines who is eligible to compete in a Para sport and groups athletes into sports classes with others who have similar activity limitations. Classification ensures meaningful competition by minimising the impact impairment has on the outcome of competition.


After a short career as an Occupational Therapist specialising in neurodevelopment, Marguerite has had 25 years’ experience working in the disability and Para sport sector in New Zealand. During her 14 years with PNZ, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of a world leading classification programme.

For the past 15 years she has worked on a voluntary basis for World triathlon where she lead the Classification programme for Para triathlon for 10 years and contributed to the development of a classification system enabling Para triathlon to debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Marguerite brings specialist qualifications, knowledge, and experience to her role at PNZ along with strong leadership and strategic skills, communication, and personal skills.

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Bachelor of Health Science-Occupational Therapy


Marguerite’s passion is time with family and friends, coffee and wine and cooking great food. She has been a NZ representative in long distance running and triathlon and now enjoys the outdoor sports of bikepacking, skiing, stand up paddleboarding and tramping. Running, gym work and bootcamp keeps her fit for these adventures.

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