New Zealand has a very long and proud history of competing at the Paralympic Games and other key international pinnacle events. Nearly 50 years ago, we sent a team of 15 Paralympians to the 1968 Summer Paralympic Games in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 35 years ago, a team of four kiwis competed in the 1980 Paralympic Winter Games in Geilo, Norway. And we have not missed a single Paralympic Games since!
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will be take place between 9-18 March 2018. The New Zealand Paralympic Team has a target of two medals. The Team will include exceptional Para athletes and they are likely to compete across two Para sports; Para alpine skiing and Para snowboarding. A total of 209 Paralympians have represented New Zealand to date.
The Games will feature up to 670 athletes from 45 countries, a 24 per cent increase on the 539 athletes that competed at Sochi 2014. This number includes a 44 per cent increase in the number of female athletes set to compete in PyeongChang compared to Sochi.
Athletes will compete in 80 medal events across six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, snowboard and wheelchair curling.
Alpine skiing events will take place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, which will also stage snowboard events. The Aplensia Biathlon Centre will stage biathlon and cross-country events.
The Coastal Cluster will host the ice events. Ice sledge hockey will take place at the Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Gangneung Curling Centre will stage wheelchair curling.