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News posted on Thursday 27th April, 2023

2022 in review: a landmark year at Paralympics New Zealand

"2022 in review" against backdrop of cyclists in a velodrome

2022. What a year. An incredible Winter Paralympics, a return to international competition post-COVID, and the first impacts of PNZ’s new strategy. Watch our “2022 in Review” video to relive our landmark year. After watching, you may enjoy reading our 2022 Annual Report to find out more.

2022 in Review video

PNZ is now well into its 2021-32 Strategic Plan. In 2022 we saw key milestones, such as the Education Pilot in quarter 4, and the Para Sport Champions launch in August.

The integration of PNZ managed sports is a part of the ongoing strategy. On January 1, 2022, the Para swimming programme successfully transitioned to Swimming New Zealand. Para cycling and Shooting Para sport programmes continue to be managed by PNZ for now, while eventual integration remains on the cards for both sports.

PNZ continued to play an active and significant role internationally in 2022, contributing to IPC consultations, and through our people contributing their expertise to the Paralympic Movement in other geographies.

Thank you for your support in 2022

A heartfelt thank you to our Member organisations, and to our Commercial and Funding Partners. You are such an important part of the work we do. Thanks also to Official Suppliers for giving a strong helping hand to advance our cause – without these supporters, none of this would be possible.

Thank you to the wider New Zealand community. In continuing to support PNZ, Paralympians and Para athletes, you demonstrate that you want to see equity for disabled Kiwis. It really makes a difference.

Thank you and welcome to Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor General of New Zealand. Dame Cindy graciously accepted an invitation to become PNZ’s Patron in March 2022. We look forward to your long involvement with the Paralympic Movement.

Thank you to the PNZ team, who work incredibly hard for our cause – we are lucky to have you.

Finally, it’s hard to express how much the Paralympic Movement in New Zealand owes to Fiona Allan, outgoing Chief Executive of PNZ. Fiona has given so much to PNZ over the last 16 years, creating an enormous impact on equity and inclusion in New Zealand as a result. She has been a tireless and ever cheerful advocate for the Movement. She leaves behind a tangible impact on all those whose lives she has touched. We are extremely grateful to her, and she leaves an enduring legacy.

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