Para athletes racing a 100m run at the track

Whatever your experience and aspirations, there are a number of opportunities for you to get involved in Para sport in New Zealand.

The sections will guide you through how to get started and what it takes to become a Paralympian. The vision of the Paralympic Movement is achieve sporting excellence. The ultimate goal for some Para athletes may be to represent their country at a Paralympics Games whilst for others it may be to just compete against other Para athletes in their chosen sport. Here you will find all the information you need as you progress through your journey to the Paralympic Games from Grassroots to Gold!

To get started, the first thing to do is to register your interest with Paralympics New Zealand. This will give us an understanding of your background, interests and ambitions, which will allow us to provide a personalised recommendation regarding the next steps and opportunities best suited to you.

One of the most popular ways to get involved in Para sport is through your local Parafed. Regional Parafeds deliver a range of disability sport and support programmes, and are a great way to make friends and build skills. There are currently 11 Parafed organisations operating around the country. Each region has its own identity and sports on offer, so contact your local Parafed for more information. A full list and links to the Parafed organisations and other sport providers can be found here.

The most important thing when starting to explore Para sport is to get active and involved in the sport that motivates and interests you. We are happy to help direct you to those opportunities, whether it be with a Parafed, National Sports Organisation or directly with a club.

If you would like to know more about who is eligible for Para sport, have a look at this section, Eligibility for Para sport.