4 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Name Anna Grimaldi
Sport Para athletics
Date of Birth
12 February 1997
Coach Brent Ward
Resides Dunedin
Occupation Student
Classification T47
Impairment (Disability)
Limb deficiency
Paralympian # 195 - Rio 2016

Major International Results
2017 World Para Athletics Championships 4th - Women's Long Jump T47
2016 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Gold - Women's Long Jump T47
4th - Women's 100m T47
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships Bronze - Women's Long Jump T47
5th - Women's 200m T47

World Rankings (as at 1 December 2017)
Women's 100m T47 6
Women's 200m T47 7


Anna has always loved playing and competing in sport from a very young age, playing netball and basketball. Para athletics however, is the sport that has provided Anna with opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to her. 

Anna came to the sport of Para athletics later in life. Attending a Paralympics New Zealand Talent Identification camp in Dunedin in late 2013 and has never looked back. From that moment on her life changed completely - for the better.

From first beginning Para athletics to attending her first IPC Athletics World Championships felt like a whirlwind to Anna. Only two years after coming into the sport she was standing on the podium with a bronze medal. 

Her Paralympic dream became a reality when she won New Zealand's first medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - and it was gold! Anna won the hearts of Kiwis when on her final jump she won gold in the Women's Long Jump T47. 

Anna’s gold medal jump contributed to the New Zealand Paralympic team’s stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).

Anna has loved every second of her sporting career so far, has made amazing friends, met incredible people and has pushed herself harder than she ever thought she could. Anna is looking forward to continuing the Paralympic dream in Tokyo.

Anna is currently studying Quantity Surveying part time at Otago Polytechnic. 

Key international events include:


Photo credit - Getty Images

About Anna

Classification means...

F and T?
Letter = the prefix represents F (field) and T (track and long jump).

T42-47 and F42-46
Number = represents a sport class. T42-47 and F42-46 are designated for Para-Athletes with limb deficiencies, such as amputations. In sport classes 42-44 the legs are affected by impairment and in sport classes 45-47 the arms are affected, eg, by above-elbow or below-elbow amputations. All Para-Athletes in the 40s classes compete standing and do not use a wheelchair.

Classification Means...

Major Partners

ToyatoHigh Performance Sport New Zealand

Official Partners

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Community Partners

SanfordNew Zealand Chambers of Commerce
New Zealand Racing BoardPub CharityThe Lion FoundationNew Zealand Community Trust

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