2022 Commonwealth Games - Birmingham

Nominations are now open for wrestlers and team support to form part of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games Long List.  Please note the following criteria to be eligible: 

1.      You must be a current and active member of an NZOWU affiliated club and a member of NZOWU 

2.      You must be 19 years or older 

3.      You must be a NZ citizen or have Permanent Residency 

4.    You must clear all debt and/or money owed to NZOWU.  

Weight categories 

Senior Female Freestyle

Senior Male Freestyle













Only senior male and female freestyle wrestling is on the programme for the 2022 Commonwealth Games - there is no Greco Roman wrestling. 

The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth games Nomination Criteria will be available on the NZOWU website soon (once approved by NZOC).  There are three compulsory key events that athletes will be required to compete in, in order to be considered for qualification: 

1.       NZ National Championships:  October 2021 

2.       Commonwealth Champs, South Africa: 3-5 December 2021 (Must finish in top 6 to be considered for NZ team by UWW and NZOC) 

3.      Oceania Championships 2022: 22 - 24 April (location to be confirmed)


Participation (and qualifying) in these events, does not give you automatic selection into the Games team.  Final selection is made by NZOC, not NZOWU.  NZOC will look at an athlete’s history to assist in their deliberations as to who might be selected.  Participation and success in other international events could assist in this.  All costs incurred in participating in the above events will be at the nominee’s expense. 


The Commonwealth Games Federation have set a total athlete allocation for the Games for New Zealand at 103 (not including team events) athletes, 18% lower than the Gold Coast 2018 allocation. The NZOC have allocated 4 athlete quota positions to New Zealand Wrestling. If other sports fail to fill their quota by an agreed date, NZOC will provide a reallocation process like that used for the Gold Coast Games in 2018. 

Throughout the year those athletes who wish to be considered for selection to the Commonwealth Games team will be advised of other national and compulsory events such as training camps (please see National Development & Training Camps section for confirmed camps) tthat they will be expected to attend.  The selection panel will consider attendance and participation at these events as part of the selection process.  


Due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, nominations must be sent to Nick Lane by email by 20 June 2021.  No late nominations will be accepted as these then need to be considered by our National Selection Panel and forwarded to NZOC. 


The daily schedule for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been released today with the organisers confirming which sports will be held on each of the 11 days of competition Birmingham 2022

Main points to note:

  • Opening Ceremony Thursday 28 July
  • 11 days of swimming and diving, 8 days of cricket, 8 days of gymnastics and 7 days of athletics (including the marathon)
  • The Games will be the largest sports event to be held in UK since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will feature 19 sports, with eight para sports (largest ever) integrated into the programme,
  • Opening day features 14 different sports
  • The level of collaboration with the likes of World Athletics and UEFA has been unprecedented to ensure Birmingham 2022 retains a premium spot in an exciting period that will include the UEFA Women’s EURO in England and World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
  • Note the competition now takes place over two weekends
  • Closing Ceremony Monday 8 Aug
  • A more detailed version of the schedule, to include a session by session breakdown, will be released in the coming months
  • To find out more, visit www.birmingham2022.com where you can also sign-up to receive the latest updates about the Games and hear about tickets