McLean added to Rio 2016 New Zealand swimming team

Teenager Hamish McLean will join the likes of Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher on the plane to Brazil in September. 17 May 2016
Hamish McLean

Hamish McLean has been selected to represent New Zealand in Para swimming at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

ⒸParalympics New Zealand
By Paralympics New Zealand

Paralympics New Zealand has announced that 16-year-old Hamish McLean has been selected to represent New Zealand in Para swimming at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in September.

McLean is a late selection to the team announced last week, which includes Paralympic gold medallists Sophie Pascoe, Mary Fisher and Cameron Leslie, plus London 2012 Paralympians Nikita Howarth and Rebecca Dubber and two Paralympic debutants, Bryall McPherson and Jesse Reynolds.

At the time of the original team announcement, New Zealand had qualified five female and two male slots for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, into which seven swimmers were selected following an in-depth nomination and selection process. Paralympics New Zealand has since been reallocated an additional male slot to enable Hamish McLean to be selected.

Fiona Allan, CEO, Paralympics New Zealand, said: “I am thrilled to confirm Hamish McLean’s selection to the Para swimming team to represent New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Hamish has consistently demonstrated outstanding results, including meeting the Swimming New Zealand nomination and the Paralympics New Zealand selection criteria after setting a minimum qualifying time for Rio 2016, but we simply did not have a slot available for him until now.”

McLean said: “I am incredibly excited about my selection to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. I am overwhelmed by the support I have had from Paralympics New Zealand and all the people around me that have helped to make my dream of representing New Zealand a reality.”

Jon Shaw, Para swimming Head Coach, said: “I’m totally overwhelmed and to have secured a Rio 2016 slot for Hamish is beyond anything I could have imagined. He absolutely deserves it and to have him miss out on selection by just a hair last week was devastating, both for him and for the team working behind the scenes at Paralympics New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand.”

New Zealand has won medals in Para swimming at every Summer Paralympic Games since it first began competing in 1968. McLean’s announcement takes the Rio 2016 Para swimming team up to eight in total, making it equal to London 2012 as the biggest team to ever represent New Zealand.

Between them, the team holds a staggering nine Paralympic titles, 22 world titles and 10 long course world records. Together, they are expected to play a major role in New Zealand’s campaign to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which open on 7 September. The New Zealand team is aiming to win 18 medals, including 12 gold, across up to seven sports and hopes to retain its London 2012 title of number one in the world, medals per capita.

Overall, McLean becomes the 18th athlete to be selected to the Rio 2016 Paralympic team, following the announcement of three sailors in March, seven cyclists earlier in May and now eight swimmers. Paralympics New Zealand expects the team to be between 25-35 athletes in total, with selections for up to another four Para sports to follow within the next 10 weeks.

The full New Zealand Para-Swimming squad is:

Sophie Pascoe, women’s S10, SB9, SM10

Mary Fisher, women’s S11, SB11, SM11

Cameron Leslie, men’s S5, SM4

Nikita Howarth, women’s S7, SB8, SM7

Rebecca Dubber, women’s S7, SB6, SM7

Bryall McPherson, women’s S8, SB8, SM8

Jesse Reynolds, men’s S9, SB9, SM9

Hamish McLean, men’s S6, SB6, SM6


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.