4 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Name William Stedman
Sport Para athletics
Date of Birth
5 December 1999
Coach George Edwards
Resides Christchurch
Occupation Student
Classification T36
Impairment (Disability)
Ataxia (Cerebral Palsy)
Paralympian # 208 - Rio 2016


Major International Results
2017 World Para Athletics Championships Silver - Men's 800m T36
4th - Men's Long Jump T36
6th - Men's 400m T36
2016 Rio Paralympic Games Bronze – Men’s 400m T36
Bronze – Men’s 800m T36
5th – Men’s Long Jump T36
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships 6th - Men's 400m T36
7th - Men's Long Jump T36
10th - Men's 200m T36 

World Rankings (as at May 2018)
Men's 200m T36
Men's 400m T36 1
Men's Long Jump T36 1
Men's 100m T36 2


William is the youngest member of the Para athletics team to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at only 16 years of age. He has always loved sport and clearly remembers watching the London 2012 Paralympics. This is where his dream started. William was so inspired by watching the Paralympics he decided he was going to become a Para athlete. 

He started training in middle to long distance and joined an athletics club when he returned home. Over the following 2 years he attended several Paralympics New Zealand Para Athletics Development camps. At the second camp I was encouraged to try long jump and with it sprinting instead of longer distance. At the start of 2015 William competed at his first international event, the IPC Grand Prix in Queensland. This followed with competing at the Oceania Championships in Cairns, winning three gold medals and one silver medal. William was thrilled to be selected for the New Zealand and competed at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, achieving three top 10 finishes. 

William made an outstanding Paralympic debut in Rio in September 2016. He won two bronze medals and was one of the youngest members of the team. He 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).

Key international events include:

2018 World Para Athletics Championships - date tbc

Photo credit - Getty Images

About William

Classification means...

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

T32-38 and F31-38
Number = represents a sport class. The 30s sport classes are allocated to Para-Athletes with athetosis, ataxia and/or hypertonia. The impairments typically affect the ability to control legs, trunk, arms and hands. The lower the number is, the more significant the activity limitation.

Para-Athletes in sport classes 31-34 compete in a seated position, eg, in wheelchair racing or using a throwing chair. In contrast, Para-Athletes in sport classes 35-38 show a better function in their legs and better trunk control and therefore compete standing, eg, in running events, long jump or throwing events.

Classification Means...

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