Paula Tesoriero MNZM #168
Paula Tesoriero achieved at the highest level in Para cycling winning a gold and two bronze medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as winning 2 World Championships titles in 2009. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for services to cycling. Tesoriero has an in depth understanding of the Paralympic Games environment both as a Paralympian and more recently as a reporter for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games broadcast, bringing the incredible stories of success into the homes of Kiwis.
Tesoriero is currently the New Zealand Disability Rights Commissioner and has a rich understanding of issues affecting disabled New Zealanders, including stigma and attitudes. She is passionate about the Paralympic Movement and its ability to change perceptions and transform society.
In 2019, Paralympian Paula Tesoriero MNZM was appointed Chef de Mission to lead the New Zealand Paralympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Paula received her ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Wellington in November 2020.