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News posted on Tuesday 30th August, 2016

Two late selections to New Zealand Paralympic Team competing at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Two late selections to New Zealand Paralympic Team competing at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has today announced the late selection of two further Para-Athletes to the New Zealand Paralympic Team heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, beginning next Thursday (8 September NZST). The addition of Para-Canoeist, Scott Martlew, and Para-Cyclist, Fraser Sharp, means that New Zealand will send 31 Para-Athletes and now contest of six Para-Sports.

The Selection Panel was convened this weekend, after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) re-allocated a further two Para-Athlete slots to Paralympics New Zealand late last week. The re-allocation resulted from the IPC’s decision on 7 August to suspend the Russian National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and subsequently Russian Para-Athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, a decision which was upheld last week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The New Zealand Paralympic Team now consists of one Para-Canoeist, three Para-Sailors, three Para-Shooters, eight Para-Cyclists, eight Para-Swimmers and eight Para-Athletics athletes.

Fiona Allan (Chief Executive, Paralympics New Zealand), said: “I am pleased to confirm Scott and Fraser’s selection to the New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Team. Both Para-Athletes are deserving of their place on the team and despite not having received selection until now, they have each maintained a full training schedule. Because of this continuing commitment, they have both been able to meet the Paralympics New Zealand selection criteria.“

Allan continued: “Earlier this year, Scott missed qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by less than one second at the Para-Canoe World Championships. The Russian suspension has moved Scott within the qualification criteria, earning him qualification and allowing him to be selected. When the Para-Cycling team was selected in May, the panel was able to select two Para-Athletes into the two male slots available to New Zealand at the time. Fraser will be a strong addition to the team in this newly available third male slot.“

Scott Martlew, Para-Canoeist said: “I am incredibly excited about my selection to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This is the first time Para-Canoe has been included in the Paralympic Games competition schedule and it is great to be a part of history. I could not be more thrilled to have my dream of representing New Zealand become a reality in Rio.“

Fraser Sharp, Para-Cyclist said: “I am so happy to be selected to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This will be my first ever Paralympic Games, the pinnacle event for Para-Athletes. I will be wearing the silver fern with pride and riding my heart out for all New Zealanders.“

Mark Weatherall (CEO, Canoe Racing New Zealand), said: “It is a great credit to Scott, our high performance Para-Athlete for maintaining a full training schedule despite missing initial qualification in May. Rio has provided great success for our Olympic kayakers and the NZ Canoe Racing community will be cheering Scott on with the same enthusiasm as he takes to the water in Rio.“

The New Zealand Paralympic Team will now compete in six Para-Sports in Rio including Para-Athletics, Para-Canoe, Para-Cycling, Para-Sailing, Para-Shooting and Para-Swimming.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will run from 7-18 September 2016. The Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for disabled athletes; over 4,350 athletes from 160 countries are expected to compete in 22 sports, with 528 medal events taking place.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be broadcast in New Zealand. Viewers can catch the action as it happens every day on TVNZ’s fully live streamed TV channel DUKE, together with extensive delayed and highlights coverage. Along with ONE News coverage, a special highlights programme will air every night on TV ONE and will be available online through TVNZ OnDemand and Further details

The full New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Team is:



Resides / Hometown


Impairment (Disability)

Caitlin Dore

Dunedin / Christchurch

F37 (field)

Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)

Anna Grimaldi

Dunedin / Dunedin

T47 (track & field)

Single limb deficiency

Jessica Hamill

Dunedin / Invercargill

F34 (field)

Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)

Liam Malone

Auckland / Nelson

T43 (track)

Double limb deficiency

Rory McSweeney

Dunedin / Wellington

F44 (field)

Single limb deficiency

Jacob Phillips

Dunedin / Hamilton

T35 (track)

Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)

Holly Robinson

Dunedin / Hokitika

F/T46 (field)

Single limb deficiency

William Stedman

Christchurch / Christchurch

T36 (track & field)

Ataxia (Cerebral Palsy)


Scott Martlew

Christchurch / Christchurch


Single limb deficiency


Amanda Cameron

Wellington / Wellington


Visual impairment

Emma Foy

Cambridge / Dargaville


Visual impairment

Stephen Hills

New Plymouth / New Plymouth


Right side hemiplegic (Paralysis)

Kate Horan

Wellington / Wellington


Single limb deficiency

Byron Raubenheimer

Auckland / South Africa


Single limb deficiency

Fraser Sharp

Tauranga / Tauranga


Ataxia (Neurological)

Laura Thompson

Auckland / Christchurch

n/a (Sighted pilot)


Hannah van Kampen

Cambridge / Hawkes Bay

n/a (Sighted pilot)



Richard Dodson

Auckland / Wellington

Sport Class 6

Loss of muscle power

(Multiple Sclerosis)

Andrew May

Auckland / Christchurch

Sport Class 4

Loss of muscle power (Paraplegia)

Chris Sharp

Auckland / Auckland

Sport Class 4

Loss of muscle power (Paraplegia)


Jason Eales



Loss of muscle power

(Spinal cord injury)

Michael Johnson



Loss of muscle power (Tetraplegia)

Greg Reid



Single limb deficiency


Rebecca Dubber

Auckland / Auckland

S7, SB6, SM7

Loss of muscle power (Paraplegia)

Mary Fisher

Auckland / Wellington

S11, SB11, SM11

Visual impairment

Nikita Howarth

Cambridge / Cambridge

S7, SB8, SM7

Double limb deficiency

Cameron Leslie

Auckland / Whangarei

S5, SM4

Quadruple limb deficiency

Hamish McLean

Wanaka / Wanaka

S6, SB6, SM6

Short stature (Achondroplasia)

Tupou Neiufi

Auckland / Auckland

S9, SB8, SM9

Hypertonia (Left side hemiplegia)

Sophie Pascoe

Christchurch / Christchurch

S10, SB9, SM10

Single limb deficiency

Jesse Reynolds

Auckland / Hamilton

S9, SB9, SM9

Single limb deficiency

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