What are the winter Para sports?
Para sport is a term that describes sport offered as part of the Paralympic Movement. There are 28 Para sports contested at the Paralympic Games, of which 6 are contested at the Paralympic Winter Games.
- Para alpine skiing
- Para snowboard
- Para Nordic
- Para ice hockey
- Wheelchair curling
As well as the 28 Paralympic sports, there are Para sports recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) which are not currently contested at the Paralympic Games. These are Para sports whose international federations contribute to the development of sport opportunities for Para athletes and have organisational goals that are compatible with the Vision and Mission of the IPC. These include Para bobsleigh and Para skeleton (more on International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation).
When is the next Paralympic Winter Games?
The next Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Milano Cortina, Italy from the 6 – 15 March 2026. Since the Geilo 1980 Paralympic Winter Games, New Zealand has won a total of 237 Paralympic medals including 35 at Paralympic Winter Games.
Who can compete at the Paralympic Winter Games?
Para sport offers people with an eligible impairment, opportunities to be involved in a sporting pathway from grassroots through to elite Para sport, representing their country at the highest level, including the Paralympic Games.
To be eligible to participate in Para sport, athletes must have a health condition that presents itself as one of the 10 International Paralympic Committee eligible impairment types. The process of identifying eligibility through assessment of the impairment and resulting activity limitation is called Classification. All Para athletes must go through the Classification process to be allocated a competition class with others who have a similar activity limitation in their sport.
New Zealand has a very active and vibrant Para sport scene with a large variety of Para sports offered at various levels of competition across the country. To find out more about the Para sports on offer in your region, register your details now!