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Paralympics New Zealand supports the decision made by the IOC, supported by the International Paralympic Committee on 25 March 2020 to postpone the Paralympic and Olympic Games until 2021. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will now take place from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

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About Tokyo 2020

Japan has a reputation for is flawless preparation and execution in large scale events. Having hosted the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, Japan will no doubt deliver a Games that will be no exception to this rule.

In February 2017 the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Paralympic and Olympic Games launched its new Tokyo 2020 medal project. The project entails precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze being salvaged from discarded mobile phones and other small electronic devices, and recycled for the production of medals to be awarded to athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whitau Tuhono and Paralympics New Zealand have collaborated in producing a Years 7-10 social studies teaching resource on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The resources are available for free and can be downloaded here.

MEET THE TOKYO 2020 NZ PARALYMPIC TEAM

Updated 13 July 2021

Paralympian #166 Sophie Pascoe

Sophie Pascoe portrait

Para swimming
Limb deficiency | S9, SB8, SM9
Christchurch

Sophie Pascoe is the most decorated NZ Paralympian having won 15 Paralympic medals. Pascoe made her Paralympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games securing three gold and one silver medal. Four years late in London she continued her world class performances winning three gold and three silver medals. At her third Paralympic Games she went on to win three gold and two silver medals. Tokyo 2020 will be her fourth Games.
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Paralympian #179 Nikita Howarth

Nikita Howart selected portrait

Para swimming
Bilateral upper limb deficiency | S7, SB7, SM7
Te Awamutu

Nikita Howarth was New Zealand’s youngest ever Paralympian when she made her Paralympic debut in London 2012 at just 13 years of age. She then went on to win a gold and bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Tokyo 2020 will see Howarth compete at her third Paralympic Games after only returning to the sport of Para swimming less than two years ago after a very successful stint competing in Para cycling. She recently set a new short-course world record in the Women’s 100m Individual Medley SM7.
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Paralympian #201 Tupou Neiufi

Tupou Neiufi selected portrait

Para swimming
Hypertonia | S8, SB8, SM8
Auckland

Paralympian #201 Tupou Neiufi was first identified by PNZ in 2011 as part of a Para swimming talent identification programme. She then went on to make her Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. At only 15 years of age she placed 7th in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S9. Neiufi is currently ranked 2nd in the world, having won the silver medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S8 in the 2019 Para Swimming World Championships in London. Neiufi has a left sided hemiplegia, meaning she has paralysis on the left side of her body.
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Paralympian #205 Jesse Reynolds

Jesse Reynolds Selected portrait

Para swimming
Limb deficiency | S9, SB8, SM9
Hamilton

Paralympian #205 Jesse Reynolds has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 11 and made his Paralympic debut in Rio 2016 where he swam two personal best times. He is currently ranked 7th in the 100m Backstroke S9. Reynolds has a single limb deficiency.
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Cody Everson

Wheelchair rugby
Spinal Cord Injury | 1.0 P
Christchurch

Cody Everson, captain of the Wheel Blacks, grew up in Christchurch and had dreams of becoming an All Black one day. It was while playing his favorite game that he sustained a neck injury in a tackle which resulted in the then 15-year-old becoming tetraplegic. While at the Burwood Spinal Unit, Everson met long time Wheel Black, Sholto Taylor, who encouraged Cody to watch the team in action, giving the boy who wanted to be an All Black a new dream to work towards. “Coming into Wheelchair rugby after having such a serious accident, it was all about being in a team again,” he says.

Hayden Barton-Cootes

Wheelchair rugby
Spinal Cord Injury | 3.0 P
Foxton

Hayden Barton-Cootes has been involved with the Wheel Blacks since 2015. He has had the opportunity to play in the Australian (South Australian Sharks) and Japanese (Tokyo Suns) domestic competition whilst also getting to experience Japanese culture at the same time. Hayden also plays Wheelchair basketball for the Auckland team and is working towards a Bachelor in Sports Science and hopes to work within the industry once he graduates.

Robert Hewitt

Wheelchair rugby
Spinal Cord Injury | 2.0 P
Te Aroha

Robert Hewitt, known as Robbie, has played rugby all his life. In 2009, at the age of 26, a poor play by an opponent went badly and changed Hewitt’s life forever. Whilst staying connected to rugby throughout his life with his work with the Waikato Rugby Union, Hewitt has been involved with the Wheel Blacks since 2010 and made his international debut in 2012 in South Africa. He loves being involved in Wheelchair rugby because it’s a team sport with like-minded individuals all striving to achieve the same goal.

Tainafi Lefono

Wheelchair rugby
Spinal Cord Injury | 2.0 P
Auckland

Tainafi Lefono was playing rugby in 2007 when a tackle went wrong. Nafi (as he likes to be known as) sustained a spinal cord injury that left him a C7 tetraplegic. A fully qualified Physiotherapist, Lefono is currently working in the community as a neuro physiotherapist helping people to be more independent in their day-to-day lives.  Through Wheelchair rugby, Lefono has had many opportunities to travel. A couple of his most memorable places were Brazil and Argentina.

Gareth Lynch

Wheelchair rugby
Spinal Cord Injury | 1.0 1(1)
Auckland

Gareth Lynch is a keen Wheelchair rugby player and loves the intensity and strategy involved. Five years ago, Lynch had an accident diving into a swimming pool that resulted in a C5 – C6 level spinal cord injury. He has always played sport and has loved competing in a team environment again which is something he says he didn’t think he would be able to do again.  He attributes his love of Wheelchair rugby to the many supporters that have been there for him in the last 5 years.

Gavin Rolton

Wheelchair rugby
Spinal Cord Injury | 0.5 P
Waikanae

Gavin Rolton got into playing Wheelchair rugby in 2007, two years after breaking his neck diving into a river on the Sunshine Coast. Selected for the Wheel Blacks in 2009 he has been a member of the team since. As a senior member of the team Rolton has captained the side and continues to be one of the top players in the world for his point class (0.5). When Rolton isn’t working full time in the health care profession, he is spending time with his fiancé and their two boarder terriers tripping around NZ in their camper van. 

Mike Todd

Wheelchair rugby
Muscle Degeneration | 2.0 P
Ashburton

Mike Todd was introduced to Wheelchair rugby in 2008, and has represented Canterbury ever since.  Born with CMT, a neurological condition that effects all four limbs, he made his Wheel Black debut vs Australia in 2015. Todd has been heavily involved with the administration of Canterbury Wheelchair rugby previously serving as President of CWR.  By day, Todd’s role as a staff trainer crosses over nicely from his rugby experience, allowing him real world examples to get the best out of the sessions with his trainees. Through Wheelchair rugby, Todd has also been able to travel the world.

Barney Koneferenisi

Barney Koneferenisi Tokyo 2020 Head Shot

Wheelchair Rugby
Amputee | 3.5
Auckland

Koneferenisi was called into the Wheel Blacks team following Cameron Leslie’s withdrawal from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.  Koneferenisi was first introduced to Wheelchair rugby in 2009 following a conversation with Cameron at the NZ Artificial Limb Centre where he became interested in the idea of the physicality of Wheelchair rugby. He went along to his first practice and fell in love with the sport. Koneferenisi lives in Auckland and is an amputee.

Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams - Tokyo 2020 official headsho

Para athletics – Shot Put, Discus Throw
Cerebral Palsy | F37
Rotorua

Lisa Adams began competing in Para athletics in 2018 after an article about her playing rugby league was spotted by Athletics New Zealand coach Raylene Bates. A few months later, she attended a classification event in Hastings and was encouraged to try shot put and discus. A year later Adams broke the Women’s Shot Put F37 world record which she went onto to break a further three times along with winning gold at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. Coached by her sister, two-time Olympic gold medallist Dame Valerie, Lisa resides in Rotorua and has cerebral palsy.

Danielle Aitchison

Danielle Aitchison - Tokyo 2020 Official Photo

Para athletics – 100m, 200m
Cerebral Palsy | T36
Hamilton

Danielle Aitchison will make her Paralympic debut in Tokyo 2020. She had her first taste of national success in 2017 at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships where she won gold in the 200m and long jump, and silver in the 100m. With no long jump in her classification at the Paralympic Games, Aitchison focused her energy on the 100m and 200m. She was then selected to represent New Zealand at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai and went on to win silver in the Women’s 200m T36.

Paralympian #192 Caitlin Dore

Caitlyn Dore - Tokyo 2020 Tokyo 2020 Official Photo

Para athletics – Shot Put
Cerebral Palsy | F37
Christchurch

Caitlin Dore made her debut in Rio 2016 and placed 7th in the Women’s Javelin F37. Following the Paralympics in Rio, Dore had to reassess her athletics future, after the Women’s Javelin F37 was taken off the list of guaranteed events for the Tokyo 2020. A shift to Women’s Shot Put F37 produced encouraging results, with Dore breaking the New Zealand record just eight months after making the change. She moved back home to Christchurch early this year, where she now trains alongside Dame Valerie Adams and Tom Walsh. Read more.

Paralympian #195 Anna Grimaldi

Anna Grimaldi - Tokyo 2020 Official Photo

Para athletics – Long Jump
Limb Deficiency | T47
Dunedin

Paralympian #195 Anna Grimaldi, is already known to kiwis for her gold medal winning moment at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the Women’s Long Jump T47. Grimaldi struggled at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championship in London from a lingering foot issue. After 2 years of medical care and rehabilitation she was back on the podium, winning silver in the Women’s Long Jump T47 at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. During the 2021 summer season, Grimaldi achieved four PBs, taking her within 10cm of the world record in her classification of T47. Grimaldi has a single limb deficiency. Read more.

Paralympian #183 Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson - Tokyo 2020 official photo

Para athletics – Javelin
Limb Deficiency | F46
Dunedin

Holly Robinson made her Paralympic debut in London 2012, going on to be named flag bearer for the New Zealand Paralympic Team at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. At Rio 2016, she won a silver medal in the Women’s Javelin F46. Tokyo 2020 will be her third Paralympic Games. In March 2021, Holly wrote herself into the record books when she became the first Para athlete to win a medal in an open event at the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships, taking silver in the women’s javelin. Robinson resides in Dunedin has a single limb deficiency. Read more.

Paralympian #208 William Stedman

William Stedman - Tokyo 2020 Official Photo

Para athletics – 400m / Long Jump
Cerebral Palsy | T36
Christchurch

Residing in Christchurch, William Stedman is not new to the big events, having competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where, at the age of 16, he won two bronze medals in the Men’s 400m and 800m T36. He has continued his dominance on the track, winning silver at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in the Men’s 800m T36, and bronze at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in the Men’s 400m T36. Stedman has cerebral palsy. Read more.

Anna Steven

William Stedman - Tokyo 2020 Official Photo

Para athletics – 100m, 200m
Limb Deficiency | T64
Auckland

At age 13, Anna Steven underwent six months of chemotherapy and major surgery leading to the amputation of her right leg. By 16 years old, she started running after being inspired watching the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Anna quickly excelled over the shorter sprint distances on the track and was selected to compete at the 2017 World Junior Para Athletics Championships just six months after first competing in a domestic athletics competition.  She competed in the 100m and 200m, events that would become her focus as she set her sights on the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai (where she set an Oceania Area Record in the 100m T64) and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.  

Paralympian #198 Scott Martlew

Scott Martlew - Tokyo 2020 Official Photo

Para canoe
Limb Deficiency | KL2/VL3
Christchurch

Paralympian #198 Scott Martlew took up kayaking at the age of 16, and made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games competing in Para canoe (KL3 200m) finishing 8th. In 2018, he was reclassified to sport class KL2, where he won silver in the 200m at the 2018 World Championships in Portugal. Regularly training on the Avon River, Martlew regularly competes against able-bodied athletes at the NZ Canoe Sprint Championships, showing his versatility by winning K2 200m and K2 1000m bronze medals. Martlew also competes internationally in the Para va’a (outrigger) canoe as a VL3 athlete and will do so in Tokyo. Read more.

Corbin Hart

Corbin Hart - Tokyo 2020 official photo

Para canoe
Limb Deficiency | KL3
Auckland

Para athlete Corbin Hart has enjoyed a meteoric rise to his first Paralympic Games. A surf lifesaving enthusiast in his youth, in late-2019 he lost his right leg in a civil road accident. In July last year he decided to give kayaking a go and began training with a view to competing. Last October – just 3 months after he first sat in a kayak – Hart made his competitive debut where he won the Division 2 K1 500m A Final and finished 2nd in the K1 200m A Final. Aiming for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, Hart switched his emphasis to Tokyo 2020 and on his international debut placed 7th in the KL3 200m final in 43.78 to qualify a boat for New Zealand in this event for Tokyo 2020.

Ben Tuimaseve

Ben Tuimaseve - Official Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games photo

Para athletics – Shot Put
Cerebral Palsy | F37
Auckland

Tuimaseve first picked up a shot put in late 2016, with the desire to see if he could make it to the top. Three years later, Tuimaseve made his international Para athletics debut at the Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville, Australia. He was selected to represent New Zealand at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai later that year, where he placed 12th in the Men’s Shot Put F37. Surgery on his ankle in the Summer 2020 athletics season meant the postponement of Tokyo 2020 provided much needed additional time for Tuimaseve to recover and resume his training. Ben fought his way back into impressive form in 2021, producing successive national record-breaking performances over the summer season.

Sarah Ellington

Sarah Ellington - Tokyo 2020 Head Shot

Para cycling
Spinal Cord Injury | C2
Auckland

Para athlete Sarah Ellington made her international Para cycling debut in 2017 following an accident in 2015. Since her international debut, Ellington has grown as a Para cyclist and gone on to win 3 World Championship medals across both track and road events. She is one of 5 Para cyclists that will make their Paralympic debut in Tokyo.

Paralympian #196 Stephen Hills

Stephen Hills - Tokyo 2020 Head Shot

Para cycling
Right Side Paralysis | T2
New Plymouth

Paralympian #196 Stephen (Stevo) Hills will compete at his second Paralympic Games after making his debut in Rio 2016. He was the first ever New Zealand Paralympian to compete on a trike placing 8th in both the road time trial and road race. Hills went on to win two medals at the 2017 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships and a bronze medal at the same event in 2019. . Read more.

Eltje Malzbender

Eltje Malzbender - Tokyo 2020 Head Shot

Para cycling
Traumatic Brain Injury / Hypertonia | T1
Cambridge

Eltje Malzbender will compete on the road in Tokyo as New Zealand’s first ever female Paralympic trike cyclist. Her quick progression through the Para cycling programme after only becoming part of the HPSNZ Pathway to Podium programme in 2018 has seen her win 2 world titles at the 2019 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships. Eltje will be one to watch as other nations recall her outstanding performances from 2 years ago.

Nicole Murray

Nicole Murray - Tokyo 2020 Head Shot

Para cycling
Limb Deficiency | C5
Ngahinapouri

Nicole has been in the PNZ Para Cycling Programme for a number of years, competing at a variety of national and international competitions. She made her international debut in Rio de Janiero at the 2018 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships. Murray exceeded all expectations including her own, winning a silver medal and smashing many personal best times.

Rory Mead

Para cycling
Spinal Cord Injury | H2
United States of America

Para athlete Rory Mead made his international debut in the New Zealand Para Cycling Team at the 2018 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships producing solid results against strong international competition. This included finishing 4th in the Time Trial, and 5th in the Road Race. Originally from Wellington, Mead is now based in the USA and will meet the Team in Tokyo.

Anna Taylor

Anna Taylor - Tokyo 2020 Head Shot

Para cycling
Cauda Equina / Partial Loss of Power | C4
Taupo

Anna Taylor first came into Para cycling through a PNZ talent identification camp in January 2018 after an injury in 2016. She went on to make her international debut at the 2019 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships. Taylor was then selected to the high performance Para cycling squad after success at various World Cup events.

Paralympian #148 Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson - Tokyo 2020 Head Shot

Shooting Para sport
Spinal Cord Injury | SH2C
Auckland

Mike Johnson will be competing at his fifth Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He is only the second New Zealand Paralympian to do so and will look to build on his previous medals won in Athens 2004 (gold), followed by back-to-back bronze medals at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. Read more.

SUPPORT STAFF

Chef de Mission – Paula Tesoriero

Paula Tesoriero Tokyo 2020 head shot

Deputy Chef de Mission – Lynette Grace

Lynette Grace Tokyo 2020 head shot

Jake Pearson – Medical and Health Lead

Julie Milmine – Team Doctor

Mellissa Dawson – Broadcast and Media Manager

Anna Skipper – Preparation and Recovery Lead

Simon Chatterton – Preparation and Recovery Manager

Rod Corban – Team Psychologist

Graeme White – Team Physiotherapist

Dustin Watts – Security Liaison

Para athletics

Scott Goodman – Team Leader

Jess Jones – Operations Manager

Oliver Low – Team Physiotherapist

Raylene Bates -Team Coach

John Eden – Team Coach

Brent Ward -Team Coach

Dame Valerie Adams – Team Coach

Para canoe

Leigh Barker – Team Manager/Coach

Wheelchair rugby

Greg Mitchell – Coach

Sacha Wright – Team Leader

Calvin Hewitt – Technical Personnel

Jess Roberts – Medical Personnel

Zuzana Vaculova – Medical Personnel

Para swimming

Graeme Maw – Team Leader

Simon Mayne – Team Coach

Mat Woofe – Team Coach

Matt Ingram – Team Coach

Megan Munro – Team Physiotherapist

Shooting Para sport

Denva Wren – Technical Personnel/ Carer

Freddy Krum – Coach

Para cycling

Fiona Carswell – Team Manager

Andrew Annear – Team Physiotherapist

Ben Rowell – Technical Personnel

Stephen Kara – Team Doctor

Stuart MacDonald – Team Coach

Damian Wiseman – Team Coach

Michael Bland – Team Coach

Tokyo 2020 Playbooks

The Playbooks have been developed jointly by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. They outline the responsibilities of all Games participants and the rules that must be followed. Each and every one of us plays an integral role in ensuring that these Games are safe and successful for all, and we encourage you to lead by example, following these rules, in your day-to-day activities.

The Playbook Athletes and Officials – Version 3

The Playbook International Federations – Version 2

The Playbook Press – Version 3

The Playbook Broadcasters – Version 3

Information for Para athletes, support staff and commercial partners

IPC Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Qualification Regulations April 2021

PNZ Selection Regulation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – updated November 2020

Nomination Criteria – Schedule B – Athletics NZ updated May 2021

Nomination Criteria – Schedule C – Badminton New Zealand updated May 2021

Nomination Criteria – Schedule E – New Zealand Canoe Federation – updated November 2020

Nomination Criteria – Schedule F – Cycling New Zealand updated February 2021

Nomination Criteria – Schedule G – Equestrian Sports New Zealand – updated August 2020

Nomination Criteria – Schedule K – World Powerlifting New Zealand updated March 2021

Nomination Criteria – Schedule M – New Zealand Shooting Federation updated 25 February 2021

Nomination Criteria- Schedule O – Swimming New Zealand updated March 2021

Nomination Criteria – Schedule U – New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby updated November 2020

Advertising, Promotion and Social Media Guidelines updated October 2020