The next ten days in Doha, Qatar will be the centre of the Para-Athletics World and a team of eight NZ athletes will be there doing battle with the best Para-Athletes from around the world.
First up tonight will be Delhi Commonwealth Games medallist Jess Hamill, competing in the F34 shot put final, while the youngest member of the team, 15 year old William Stedman competes in the T36 400m semifinals early Friday morning NZ time.
Both athletes are in good form, having extended their personal bests in the last two weeks during the final build-up to the championships.
Hundreds of athletes will be in action in the Qatar capital, ranging from wheelchair racers with excitement and spills abounding, to the very quick blade runners on high-tech limbs. There’ll also be amazingly quick athletes with sight impairment and athletes with conditions like Cerebral Palsy.
The New Zealand athletes will be chasing performances that may see them qualify for the Rio 2016
Paralympics next year.
The best way to follow the progress of the New Zealand athletes and find out more about this highly talented group of New Zealanders, check out the NZL IPC Athletics New Zealand World Championships page.
The page is full of information with video bios of athletes, social media links, the NZL competition timetable, links for live streaming, links to news stories and much more.