The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, began exactly 2.5 weeks after the end of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and took place in the exact same location and venues, from 7-18 September 2016 (8-19 September, NZST). Held every four years, the Summer Paralympic Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for Para athletes. Amongst the sweeping vistas of Rio de Janeiro, over 4,350 athletes from 178 countries competed in 22 sports, across 526 medal events.
The New Zealand Paralympic Team included 31 Paralympians and 33 Support Staff. Together, the team had an ambitious target of 18 medals, including 12 gold medals. The New Zealand Paralympic Team retained the title of the most successful country in the world for medals per capita, won a fantastic 21 medals, including nine gold and placing 13th on the overall medal table. For the first time in more than a decade, all kiwis were able to see the New Zealand Paralympic Team live in action on free-to-air TV and online, thanks to TVNZ and Attitude.