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THE PARALYMPIC GAMES
The Paralympic Games is an elite sporting event for athletes with physical and visual disabilities. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games, and are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The movement has grown dramatically since its early days. The number of athletes participating in Summer Paralympic Games has increased from 400 athletes from 23 countries in Rome in 1960, to almost 4300 athletes from 164 countries in London 2012. While the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games saw 550 athletes from 45 countries compete.

The word “Paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para” (beside or alongside) and the word “Olympic”. Its meaning is that Paralympics are the parallel Games to the Olympics and illustrates how the two movements exist side-by-side.

New Zealand’s history at the Summer Paralympic Games

 

Since New Zealand’s first appearance at the Paralympic Games in 1968, in Tel Aviv, Israel, the team has had a proud medal-winning history. The New Zealand 1968 Paralympic Team returned from Israel with 4 medals (1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze) between their 15 competitors.

The most recent Summer Paralympic Games, held in London in 2012, was attended by a New Zealand team of 24 athletes. The team competed across 7 sports and brought home a total of 17 medals (6 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze), ranking first in the world by medals per capita.

 

NEW ZEALAND MEDAL HISTORY - SUMMER PARALYMPIC GAMES

GAMES

 LOCATION

G

S

B

TOTAL

DETAILS

2012

 London, England

06

07

04

17

London 
Page

2008

 Beijing, China

05

03

04

12

Team List 
& Medal Winners

2004

 Athens, Greece

06

01

03

10

Team List 
& Medal Winners

2000

 Sydney, Australia

06

08

04

18

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1996

 Atlanta, USA

09

06

04

19

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1992

 Barcelona, Spain

05

01

00

06

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1988

 Seoul, Korea

02

04

11

17

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1984

 New York, USA &
 Stoke Mandeville, England

08

10

07

25

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1980

 Arnhem, Holland

07

06

06

19

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1976

 Toronto, Canada

07

01

05

13

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1972

 Heidelberg, Germany

03

03

03

09

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1968

 Tel Aviv, Israel

01

02

01

04

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1964

 Tokyo, Japan

New Zealand did not attend

1960

 Rome, Italy

New Zealand did not attend


New Zealand’s history at the Winter Paralympic Games
New Zealand has a proud history of success at the Winter Paralympic Games - winning a total of 28 medals.

The first Winter Paralympic Games were held in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden . There were competitions in Alpine and Nordic Skiing for amputee and visually impaired athletes, and a demonstration event in Sledge Racing.

The second Winter Paralympic Games were held in Geilo, Norway, in 1980, where New Zealand entered its first Disabled Ski Team. New Zealand won it's first Winter Paralympic Games medal in 1984 in Innsbruck, Austria (the third Winter Paralympic Games).

New Zealand was represented at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games by a team of three athletes, with Corey Peters winning silver in the Giant Slalom.

Snow Sports NZ now work very closely with Paralympics New Zealand to maximise opportunities for New Zealand athletes at the Winter Paralympic Games.

NEW ZEALAND MEDAL HISTORY - WINTER PARALYMPIC GAMES

GAMES

 LOCATION

G

S

B

TOTAL

DETAILS

2014

 Sochi, Russia

00

01

00

01

Sochi 2014

2010

 Vancouver, Canada

01

00

00

01

Team List 
& Medal Winners

2006

 Torino, Italy

00

00

00

00

Team List 
& Medal Winners

2002

 Salt Lake City, USA

04

00

02

06

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1998

 Nagano, Japan

04

01

01

06

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1994

 Lillehammer, Norway

03

00

03

06

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1992

 Albertville, France

02

00

00

02

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1988

 Innsbruck, Austria

00

01

00

01

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1984

 Innsbruck, Austria

01

03

01

05

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1980

 Geilo, Norway

00

00

00

00

Team List 
& Medal Winners

1976

 Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

New Zealand did not attend

 

 


 

 


Last Updated | Friday, 03 July 2015