The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games were held from 4–13 March 2022 and featured 564 Para athletes from 46 nations.
Find out about the six winter Para sports contested at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
Every event of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games was shown on TVNZ DUKE or OnDemand. This was the first time that New Zealanders could watch every Paralympic event and we hope that by seeing the incredible performances across the full range of Paralympic winter sports that this will inspired disabled people, and Kiwis in general, to get involved.
Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games by the numbers
- 3 Paralympians, competing in Para alpine skiing.
- 1 debutante, Paralympian #228 Aaron Ewen.
- 4 medals, including 1 gold.
- 2 medallists, Corey Peters and Adam Hall.
- 7 support staff.
- New Zealand competed in 5 events.
- 15th overall out of 46 nations for medals won.
- 4th out of 46 nations for medals per capita.
- 2nd out of 46 nations for medals per athlete.
- Most successful Paralympic Winter Games for New Zealand in twenty years.
Beijing 2022 - Medal Tally
Beijing 2022 - Medals Won by New Zealanders
|2022||Gold||Para alpine skiing||Corey Peters||Men's Downhill Sitting|
|2022||Silver||Para alpine skiing||Corey Peters||Men's Super-G Sitting|
|2022||Bronze||Para alpine skiing||Adam Hall||Men's Super Combined Standing|
|2022||Bronze||Para alpine skiing||Adam Hall||Men's Slalom Standing|
New Zealand Paralympic Team – Beijing 2022
Para Alpine skiing
Adam is a two-time Paralympic gold medallist and has competed at four Paralympic Winter Games. Diagnosed at birth with spina bifida – a disability that typically leaves people in a wheelchair – Adam says he’s “lucky” because he is mobile and able to walk. In 2011, he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to sport.
Following on from his gold medal in the men’s standing Slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Adam added a bronze medal in Super Combined at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang before winning his second gold medal in Slalom. Adam was bestowed with an incredible honour when he was announced as winner of the Whang Yuon Dai Achievement Award. This is presented to only one male and one female Paralympian at each Paralympic Games who best exemplify the spirit of the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic values.
When he’s not on the snow, Adam also enjoys biking, kayaking, golf and anything outdoors.
Corey claimed a silver medal in Giant Slalom at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games and added a bronze medal in Downhill at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. In January 2022, Corey achieved a fourth place finish in Giant Slalom at the World Para Snow Sports Championships. He continued his strong form the following month, claiming third place at the Super G World Cup. Corey was named Snow Sports NZ Overall Athlete of the Year in 2014 and Adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
Corey’s results are made all the more impressive given the fact that he only took up sit-skiing in 2011. The former Taranaki age group and development squad rugby representative’s life was turned upside down in September 2009 when he sustained a crushed spinal cord at a motocross event.
Corey now spends his Northern Hemisphere seasons training in Winter Park in the USA and travelling throughout Europe and North America to compete. Back in New Zealand, he splits his time between his home base in New Plymouth and training at Cardrona Alpine Resort and at the High Performance Sport New Zealand/Snow Sports NZ Training Centre in Wānaka.
In February 2013, shortly after Aaron’s 16th birthday, he suffered a huge crash while competing in downhill mountain biking, sustaining a spinal cord injury which left him without movement in his legs. Not one to be held back or miss out on fun, just six months after his accident Aaron tried out sit skiing for the first time. His mates took him up to Mt Ruapehu for a ski lesson and a new passion was born.
Aaron gained his first international podiums in February 2017 with third places in Giant Slalom and Slalom at IPCAS races in Park City, USA. He was selected to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games team for Pyeongchang but had to withdraw due to injury. He made a successful comeback during the 2019 New Zealand winter and achieved podium finishes in the Southern Hemisphere Cups, including third in Super-G and second in the Slalom.
Jane Stevens, Chef de Mission
Jane is a powerhouse of knowledge and experience in adaptive snow sports having specialised in the area for over 35 years. She plays a critical leadership role with the New Zealand High Performance Para athletes through event entry, coaching assistance and operational organisation. Jane has coached in New Zealand and around the world.
Previously Jane has been the Head Coach of the British Disabled Ski Team. She is now the Adaptive Course Manager for the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance) and holds qualifications in NZSIA, BASI and the Canadian System. Jane sits as the Australasia representative on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), as well as representing Asia and Oceania on the World Para Alpine Skiing Technical Committee of the IPC.
Jane has been with Snow Sports NZ for over ten years and has been an integral part of the Adaptive Program and the athletes Paralympic success over the past four Winter Paralympics. Previous PNZ roles include Head Coach for the New Zealand Paralympic Team for the 2006 Torino Paralympics and Assistant coach 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympics.
Lynette Grace, Deputy Chef de Mission
As Games and Sports Manager with Paralympics New Zealand since 2014, Lynette has a wealth of experience and knowledge in creating high performance environments that support athlete success. Lynette was Deputy Chef de Mission for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and has attended two prior Paralympic Games in 2016 and 2018 within management roles. She is excited to continue her leadership role within the New Zealand Paralympic Team.
Ben Adams, Head Coach
Ben Adams is the Head Paralympic Coach for the Para Alpine Ski High Performance Programme and has long taken care of members of the New Zealand Paralympic Team. He has worked hard to strengthen the athletes’ technique and consistency, resulting in many podium finishes at top events. Ben has coached skiing in New Zealand, USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria and Japan. Ben transfers this depth of adaptive experience working as an examiner and trainer for the NZSIA. Ben was named as a member of the IPC Alpine Skiing Coaches Advisory Group for the 2016-17 season.
Scott Palmer, Assistant Coach
Scott has been coaching skiing since 2009, having first trained through ITC in the Otago Polytechnic programme in 2008. Since then, Scott has worked at Cardrona and heads to Park City, USA for the Northern winters. Over the years Scott has broadened his knowledge by achieving his children’s, freestyle, snowboarding and adaptive certifications. He now works as an Instructor and Trainer at Cardrona and looks after the adaptive programme. Scott is also an active Examiner with the NZSIA.
Dr Bruce Hamilton, Medical Lead
Bruce is the Director of Performance Health for High Performance Sport NZ and the NZ Olympic Committee. In this role he is accountable for the provision of health care services to NZ’s elite Olympic and Carded HPSNZ Athletes. In addition to undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Medicine, Bruce has postgraduate qualifications in Tropical Medicine, Sports Law and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports Medicine. In 2017 he was awarded a Medical Doctorate from Otago University for his research investigating hamstring muscle injuries.
Bruce has attended four World Track and Field Championships, two World Triathlon Championships, four Commonwealth and four Olympic Games in a medical capacity.
Graeme White, Performance Physiotherapist
Graeme is a Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapist. He has been working with Paralympics New Zealand since 2016, traveling to the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 summer games.
He was working primarily with swimming leading into Tokyo and is now excited to be attending his first winter Paralympics.
When not traveling with sports teams he enjoys living seaside in Mangawhai, 90 minutes north of Auckland.
Curtis Christian, Wax & Equipment Technician
A native of Whistler, BC, Canada, Curtis began his ski career as a World Cup racer, followed by 35 years as an Olympic/Paralympic technician and ski coach.
Curtis is a veteran of the ski industry, having attended multiple Winter Olympic games. His first Olympics took him to Albertville, France in 1992 with the British Alpine Ski team. He later joined the Canadian Para-Alpine team and attended the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, Italy. The next two Games, held in Vancouver/Whistler, Canada (2010) and PyeongChang, S. Korea (2018) had him working with the Australian Para-Alpine team.
Over the years, he has returned home with a pocketful of medals for his athletes. His is very excited to be working with Snow Sports New Zealand and heading to the 2022 Paralympics in Beijing, China, with a goal of bringing home gold in the Para alpine ski disciplines.
The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games showcased the world of Para sport.
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