New Zealand at the Paralympics (Q1932)

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    Competing in four Paralympics from 1968 to 1980, Rimmer won eight gold medals, five silver and one bronze. Like many disabled athletes, Rimmer took part in a range of sports. Most of her medals were for field events, but she twice won the gold medal for the pentathlon and won silver medals for swimming and archery.
    Patrick Cooper, who competed in para-alpine skiing and was a gold medallist in the slalom and supergiant slalom at both the 1992 Tignes-Albertville and 1994 Lillehammer Winter Paralympics.
    Eve Rimmer began her distinguished international career as the only New Zealand athlete to win medals at the Tel Aviv games. She won a gold medal in the javelin, silvers in both the shot put and 500-metre freestyle swimming and a bronze in the discus.
    Neroli Fairhall won a gold medal in archery at the Paralympics in Holland in 1980. She also competed in athletics at the 1972 Heidelberg Paralympics, and in archery in the 1988 Seoul Paralympics and the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.
    Cristeen Smith, who won the T2 100-metre wheelchair sprint in a world record time at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. She won the 200-metre sprint at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics and held six world records for wheelchair racing. She also held world records for discus, javelin and shot put and was a member of the New Zealand wheelchair rugby team.
    Duane Kale, a para-swimmer, won four gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics. He won the 50-metre butterfly, 100-metre freestyle, 200-metre freestyle and 200-metre individual medley, all in world record times.
    Sophie Pascoe represented New Zealand in para-swimming at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. Her total of nine gold and six silver medals made her New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian. At Rio de Janeiro in 2016, she broke her own world record from the 2012 London Paralympics for the 200m butterfly (in the swimming class SM10), with a time of 2:24.90.
    Ranking is among 11 countries including New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Spain, Italy, Canada, Belgium and Denmark.