Anna Grimaldi MNZM #195
|Date of Birth||12 February 1997|
|Impairment (Disability)||Limb deficiency|
Anna has always loved playing and competing in sport from a very young age, playing netball and basketball. Para athletics however, is the sport that has provided Anna with opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to her.
Anna came to the sport of Para athletics later in life. Attending a Paralympics New Zealand Talent Identification camp in Dunedin in late 2013 and has never looked back. From that moment on her life changed completely – for the better.
From first beginning Para athletics to attending her first IPC Athletics World Championships felt like a whirlwind to Anna. Only two years after coming into the sport she was standing on the podium with a bronze medal.
Her Paralympic dream became a reality when she won New Zealand’s first medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – and it was gold! Anna won the hearts of Kiwis when on her final jump she won gold in the Women’s Long Jump T47.
Anna’s gold medal jump contributed to the New Zealand Paralympic team’s stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).
Anna has loved every second of her sporting career so far, has made amazing friends, met incredible people and has pushed herself harder than she ever thought she could. Anna is looking forward to continuing the Paralympic dream in Tokyo.
Anna is currently studying Quantity Surveying part time at Otago Polytechnic.
Anna officially received her ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Dunedin in February 2021.
|2016||Rio 2016 Paralympic Games||Gold - Women's Long Jump T47|
4th - Women's 100m T47