Former professional cyclist Dale MacDonald has been named as Paralympics New Zealand's national development co-ordinator.
MacDonald was formerly the coaching co-ordinator at Cycling Southland, where she worked with paracyclists, including the medal-winning tandem pairing of Phillipa Gray and Laura Fairweather.
She was involved in the development of road and track cycling programmes, supporting coaches and delivering a variety of sessions for cyclists.
MacDonald competed for six northern hemisphere summers as a professional cyclist, finishing in 2009.
PNZ high-performance director Malcolm Humm was delighted to have secured MacDonald as part of a coaching team that includes head performance coach Brendon Cameron and performance coach Jono Hailstone.
"As part of the PNZ paracycling strategic plan, we committed to having fulltime positions that support our performance coaches in each area of the athlete development pathway," he said.
"Dale's appointment will allow development athletes and their coaches to be exposed to quality coaching and planning support."
MacDonald said: ''I am really excited to get involved with a programme that I have admired for a long time, and it's a privilege to be able to keep giving back to the sport that I love.''
"There is an absolutely fantastic team of people involved in New Zealand paracycling and I am motivated to help development athletes into this programme, ensuring we continue to lay strong foundations for the future of the sport - in turn, growing more world and paralympic champions."