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News posted on Friday 1st July, 2022

Para athletes at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

4 pictures of athletes smiling on the podium with medals

What is the Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the 54 states of the Commonwealth of Nations. The event began in 1930 and takes place every four years. The Games feature 6,600 athletes from across 72 nations and territories.

Underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny, the Games aim to unite the Commonwealth family through a glorious festival of sport. Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, the event is renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play.

Athletes with a disability are included as full members of their national teams, making the Commonwealth Games a fully inclusive international multi-sport event.

Para athlete results at Birmingham 2022

The four Para swimmers in Birmingham achieved a medal sweep: each Para swimmer brings home a medal.

  • Dame Sophie Pascoe: gold – 100m Freestyle S9
  • Jesse Reynolds: silver – 100m Backstroke – S9
  • Tupou Neiufi: silver – 100m Backstroke S8
  • Joshua Willmer: gold – 100m Breaststroke – SB8

Competition is now finished for the Para swimmers. For detailed results see

Well done to our Para lawn bowlers who have now completed their Birmingham 2022 campaign. Shout out to Men’s Pair Mark Noble and Graham Skellern who made it to the bronze final before being defeated by England.

For detailed Para lawn bowls results, see

About the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games takes place Thursday 28 July 2022 – Monday 8 August 2022 in West Midlands, UK. The motto is ‘Games for Everyone’.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the first time Birmingham has hosted the event, and the third time they have been held in England, following London 1934, and Manchester 2002.

Around 4,500 athletes are expected to participate. 283 finals will be played in 22 sports. The number of events for women (136) will be higher than for men (134) – the first time in a major multi sporting event that this has happened.

Ellie Simmonds, 8 time Paralympic medallist and Birmingham 2022 Board Member at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Birmingham.

The number of events available to Para athletes has increased from 36 to 42, including the first wheelchair basketball tournament in Commonwealth Games history.

Find the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games competition schedule on

Find news and information about New Zealand at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on

Which Para athletes are competing in Birmingham 2022?

These Para athletes were selected to compete in Birmingham 2022.

Para lawn bowls

  • Sue Curran (Hamilton) (B2 – B3 Mixed Pair) Director Bronwyn Milne
  • Gerald Brouwers (Auckland) (B2 – B3 Mixed Pair) Director Kevin Smith
  • Pam Walker (Central Otago) (B6 – B8 Women’s Pair)
  • Lynda Bennett (Te Awamutu) (B6 – B8 Women’s Pair)
  • Mark Noble (Palmerston North) (B6 – B8 Men’s Pair)
  • Graham Skellern (Bay of Plenty) (B6 – B8 Men’s Pair)

Para swimming

  • Paralympian #201 Tupou Neiufi  (Auckland) – 100 Backstroke S9 (S8), permission to start in 100 Freestyle S9 (S8)
  • Paralympian #166 Dame Sophie Pascoe  (Christchurch) – Women’s 100 Freestyle S9
  • Paralympian #205 Jesse Reynolds (Dunedin) – Men’s 100 Backstroke S9, permission to start in 100 Fly S10 (S9) and 100 Breaststroke SB8
  • Joshua Willmer (Auckland) – Men’s 100 Breaststroke SB8, permission to start in 100 Backstroke S9 and 100 Fly S9

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