Sport and Recreation for people with physical disabilities


Phone (03) 385 4449        Fax (03) 385 4425       Email info@parafedcanterbury.co.nz

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the National Paralympic Committee responsible for Paralympic sports in New Zealand. PNZ is also recognised by Sport New Zealand as the National Sports Organisation for disabled athletes. PNZ is a not for profit organisation with charitable status.

In 1968, the New Zealand Paraplegic & Physically Disabled was formed, as the National Sports Organisation for people with physical disabilities, to enable an official team to represent New Zealand at the 1968 Paralympic Games in Israel. This organisation has since evolved into the Paralympics New Zealand of today.

Paralympics New Zealand has a vision of: Inspiring New Zealand disabled athletes to become medal winning Paralympians.

And a mission: To provide leadership that enhances all aspects of performance to achieve Paralympic sporting excellence.

Internationally, PNZ is responsible for supporting the New Zealand team to the Winter and Summer Paralympic Games. Additionally within the high performance programmes that PNZ manage (currently Swimming, Cycling and Shooting) PNZ manage all athlete programmes including domestic and international events.

Paralympics New Zealand is a high performance sporting organisation and that is the focus of their operations. However PNZ is also involved in supporting ParaFeds, National Sporting Organisations and National Disability Sporting Organisations to develop their capability and capacity to offer sporting opportunities to people with physical disabilities. This creates greater opportunity and pathways for prospective athletes to develop within their sport to the highest level of their ability.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games the New Zealand team of 24 athletes from 7 sports delivered 6 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals for a total of 17 medals. This outstanding performance placed New Zealand in 21st of the medal table and an impressive 1st place for medals per head of capita.

For more information about Paralympics New Zealand visit them at www.paralympics.org.nz