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Paula Tesoriero
 
Paralympic Cyclist
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Paula Tesoriero created history when she returned home from Beijing with New Zealand’s first ever gold medal in cycling at the Paralympics.  Paula won gold in the 500m Time Trial in world record time.  She also returned home with bronze in the 3000m Individual Pursuit and bronze in the Road Time Trial.   Paula broke the world record for the 200m Flying Start in March 2009 proving that she is the preeminent cyclist in her classification.

Paula returned to New Zealand from the 2007 World Championships in France with two silver medals in the 500m Time Trial and the 3000m Individual Pursuit.  She is the current Oceana Paralympic road and track champion and holds all NZ and Australian titles in her events. 

Paula was made a member of New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition for her services to cycling on 1 January 2009. 

Paula has practiced as a lawyer in Wellington and continues to manage a team supporting the work of the New Zealand High Court and New Zealand’s appeal courts.  

Paula is continuing her training after her Beijing success and aiming for more gold in London in 2012