Posted on Tuesday 14th April, 2020

Get involved with Paralympics New Zealand ‘your way’ 

Whether you volunteer, shop online or become a community fundraiser, you can be sure that however you choose to provide support, you will be helping the New Zealand Paralympic Team and PNZ to use the power of sport to positively influence community perceptions of disabled people and to promote a more diverse and inclusive society. 

The support that PNZ receives through government funding, trusts and foundations, donations, commercial partnerships, gifts in wills, and fundraising enables us to send well supported teams to the Paralympic Games, and make our Para sport community and advocacy programmes possible. 

The performance levels of Paralympians throughout the world have taken a meteoric rise since the London 2012 and Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will continue this growth. The Paralympic Games drive awareness and social inclusion, transforming society.  

We invite you to play your part in the Paralympic Movement 

The impact of your support will be far reaching. It will: 

  • Ensure our Paralympians can represent New Zealand at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. This includes training camps, uniforms, travel, accommodation, coaches, medical supplies and support staff.  
  • Support PNZ in delivery of our community outreach programmes, such as Open Day events across the country, which are designed to positively influence perceptions of disabled people. 
  • Fund the further development of systems and structures to grow community level Para sport across New Zealand, with a particular focus on talent identification and Para athlete development. 

Get involved ‘your way’ 

Fundraise on your own, in a group, at school, or at work. Volunteer at one of PNZ’s events. Raise awareness and advocate for an inclusive New Zealand. 

In the 51 years since New Zealand first sent a team to the Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games in Israel, societal perceptions of disability have changed considerably, but there is still work to be done educating New Zealanders about diversity and inclusion.  

We need your help!