Strengthen & Adapt
Strengthening the Para sport system
Sport NZ established the National Partner Strengthen and Adapt Programme to improve the capacity, capability and resilience of selected national partners and their delivery networks, so that they are best positioned to meet the needs of participants and athletes into the future. Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) was selected by Sport New Zealand to be part of Wave One of the programme.
The Strengthen and Adapt Programme provides PNZ with a once in a generation opportunity to explore areas for transformational change in Para sport.
Strengthening the Para sport system
Following extensive stakeholder consultation, the PNZ Strengthen and Adapt Plan has been developed to address how the Para sport system works and how improved national and regional collaboration can lead to improved operating approaches and delivery of shared projects that strengthen, align and enhance community Para sport outcomes across New Zealand.
PNZ believes collaboration with members and partner organisations to design, deliver and enable Para sport experiences across all levels of the pathway is integral. The Strengthen and Adapt Plan is about how the system can work together and deliver more successfully on the PNZ Strategic Plan and Sport NZ outcomes, to get more disabled people involved in Para sport and supported along the pathway.
The Plan is anchored to three projects that commenced in 2022:
What does success look like?
National and regional collaboration will result in improved operating approaches and deliver on shared initiatives that strengthen, align and enhance community Para sport outcomes across New Zealand.
Strengthening the community sport (explore and learn) and talent development steps will get more disabled people and coaches involved in Para sport and supported along the pathway.
Knowledge and understanding of teachers and kaiako, and tamariki in school environments will be transformed through Para sport education and lived experiences with more disabled tamariki included and getting active.
Want to know more about the PNZ Strengthen and Adapt Plan?
Collectively Stronger Together
Aims to drive national and regional collaboration to achieve organisational role clarity, strategic alignment, and capitalise on shared expertise to improve operating approaches and deliver on shared initiatives that strengthen, align and enhance community Para sport outcomes across New Zealand.
Building the Para Sport Family
A two-part project designed to support Para athletes and coaches through a Para Sport Collective and Para sport coach development. The Para Sport Collective provides in-person camps and virtual support across all Para sports for Para athletes and coaches to build connections, confidence and knowledge through shared experiences and talent enrichment. Coach Development will provide the resources for coaches across non-disabled and Para sport to gain knowledge, capability and confidence and creativity to coach and support Para athletes.
Seeing is Believing
A two-part project aiming to change perceptions of disability through the lens of Paralympians, Para athletes and the Paralympic Movement. It combines Para sport learning and lived experiences to inspire both participation and inclusion in school environments. The I’mPOSSIBLE and Harvey Norman Para Sport Champions initiatives will connect with both disabled and non-disabled tamariki, their teachers and kaiako, and schools by opening minds and challenging perceptions, behaviours and choices.
For more information about the PNZ Strengthen and Adapt Plan please contact
Melissa Dawson (Strategic Engagement Manager) on [email protected] / 0204 0044 799.