Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is excited to launch the first ever PNZ Athletes’ Council. PNZ is now calling for applications from eligible Paralympians and Para athletes. Applications close on Friday 5 November 2021, 5pm NZT.

The PNZ Athletes’ Council is a consultative committee established by PNZ to act as the athletes’ voice within PNZ, providing governance and management advice on matters impacting on Paralympians and Para athletes.

Responsibilities of the PNZ Athletes’ Council

The purpose of the Athletes’ Council is to represent New Zealand Paralympians and Para athletes while empowering athlete participation and voice within New Zealand and the Paralympic Movement internationally, including:

  • Supporting the work of PNZ on all matters relating to Paralympic Games operations, performance, and policy, including providing advice and advancing projects that achieve Council and PNZ outcomes.
  • Representing Paralympians and Para athletes’ rights and interests and to participate in PNZ consultation and decision-making.
  • Safeguarding the balance between active Paralympians and Para athletes’ wellbeing and the performance requirements in high performance sport.
  • Connecting with other athletes’ Councils to discuss issues relating to active Paralympians and Para athletes within the Paralympic Movement.
  • Advocating for Paralympian and Para athlete voice in PNZ member organisations.

PNZ Athletes’ Council eligibility criteria

The Council comprises five elected members with the option to appoint two additional members if required. Members are elected by eligible Paralympians and Para athletes and appointed by the Council in consultation with the PNZ Board. 

Paralympians and Para athletes that are eligible to be elected members of the PNZ Athletes’ Council include:

  • A Paralympian has represented New Zealand in at least one of the previous three Paralympic Games (winter or summer). 
  • A Para athlete is a current or past carded athlete who has represented New Zealand at a World Championships, Commonwealth Games or other international competitions within the past twelve years.

All Paralympians and Para athletes must be at least 18 years of age, reside in New Zealand, and have not received any sanctions in relation to World anti-doping, or any sports betting or breach of rules/regulations.

Read the PNZ Athletes’ Council Terms of Reference (Word Document) I PNZ Athletes’ Council Terms of Reference (PDF)

What are the responsibilities of PNZ Athletes’ Council Members?


  • Record minutes of the Council meeting and decisions, circulate these to the members of the Council, PNZ Chief Executive and PNZ Board, and approve them at the next Council meeting.
  • Ensure effective communication between the Council, Paralympians and Para athletes and PNZ.
  • Work within the annual budget to achieve the work plan of the Council.
  • Make their best effort to participate in all Council meetings either in person or virtually.

The Council meets not less than three times a year with one meeting aligning with the PNZ AGM. Meetings may be in person or virtually.

Apply to be a PNZ Athletes’ Council Member

If you would like to apply to represent the Paralympian and Para athlete community as a PNZ Athletes’ Council member, first read the position description and election guidelines below.

To apply complete and submit the PNZ Athletes’ Council application form by Friday 5 November 2021, 5pm to [email protected].