Paula Tesoriero

Paula Margaret Tesoriero MNZM (born 29 August 1975 in Wellington)[1] is a former New Zealand paralympics racing cyclist, most notable for her performance at the 2008 Summer Paralympics; her world record-breaking time in the women's 500m time trial secured New Zealand's first gold medal at that games, and she later went on to win bronze in both the individual pursuit,[2] and the women's individual road time trial.[3] She broke the world record earlier in the year and also won two silver medals at the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.[4] Tesoriero uses an artificial left leg and is missing an ankle on her right leg. When she competes, she uses a carbon limb on her left leg and is classified as a LC3 athlete. Tesoriero also competed in the bicycle racing road race.[5][6]

Paula Tesoriero

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Tesoriero in 2020
2nd Disability Rights Commissioner
Assumed office
Preceded byPaul Gibson
Personal details
Born (1975-08-29) 29 August 1975 (age 46)
Wellington, New Zealand
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington
Sports career
CountryNew Zealand
Paralympic World Cup 2009: Paula Tesoriero with Raquel Acinas and Allison Jones

Tesoriero is a member of the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand.[7] She was appointed the New Zealand Disability Rights Commissioner in June 2017 for a three-year term until July 2020.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Paralympic Athletes – Cycling". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Gold for Pascoe wins, Tesoriero grabs bronze". NZPA. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  3. ^ Burgess, Suzanne (12 September 2008). "Tesoriero's triple medal treat". One Sport. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  4. ^ Tian, Lan (9 September 2008). "Paula Tesoriero's prize comes before the fall". Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Kiwi wins gold at Paralympics". One Sport. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  6. ^ Jonathan Millmow (9 September 2008). "Gold and a sore head". Retrieved 12 September 2008.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Paula Tesoriero MNZM". Sports Tribunal of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2021.

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