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Paralympics New Zealand launches Express Lane

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is excited to announce the launch of PNZ Express Lane, a nation-wide talent search programme targeted at increasing the number of new Para-Swimmers in the S1 to S5 classifications.

With the support of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Agito’s Foundation, the project will actively identify, recruit and support disabled athletes who have significant impairments, and provide the required support to assist them to begin swimming.

The programme will provide support to new Para-Swimmers to assist in overcoming some of the challenges that may occur when getting involved in the sport competitively. Types of support may include coaching, access to pool/lane space, initial travel to training sessions, camps and competitions.

Hadleigh Pierson (PNZ Talent Identification Manager) says, “The PNZ Para-Swimming Programme continues to go from strength to strength. Through the support from the IPC, we have an exciting opportunity to further grow the programme and ensure we are competitive across all classifications”.

Impairments in the S1 to S5 classifications may include; significant loss of function in the legs and trunk (i.e.: spinal-cord injuries), amputations of three or four limbs and sever co-ordination problems in three or four limbs (i.e.: cerebral palsy)

If there are athletes interested in registering for PNZ Express Lane, please contact PNZ Talent Identification Manager, Hadleigh Pierson, at hpierson@paralympics.org.nz.

For more details please contact:

Fiona Allan, Chief Executive
Paralympics New Zealand
Ph – 027 248 4828