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Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Author -  Karen Simpson

At 8.30am this morning (NZST) the New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Team will march into Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium

Paralympic Opening Ceremony

At 8.30am this morning (NZST) the New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Team will march into Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium

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The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games opened in a kaleidoscope of colour to a nearly full house today, in the famous Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The show was striking in its use of colour and the sounds of the Brazilian samba music, supported by the enthusiastic cheering of local Rio residents, which have turned out in their tens of thousands to support the 4,350 Para-athletes from over 160 countries, gathered to showcase their talent and skill in 22 Para-Sports. In a stunt that caused the crowd to gasp in unison, Nitro Circus Live stuntman “Wheelz” burst into the stadium, shooting over 100m into the air in his wheelchair, before landing in a large inflatable cushion. And that set the tone throughout.

As the show wound to a close, attention moved to the Parade of Nations. The New Zealand Paralympic Team is waiting in the wings. Of the 31-strong team of Para-Athletes and 33 Support Staff, 10 Para-Athletes and 20 Support Staff made the trek out to Maracanã Stadium. They include:

•Para-Athletics – Flag bearer Holly Robinson, Caitlin Dore, Jessica Hamill, Jacob Phillips
• Para-Shooting – Michael Johnson, Greg Reid and Jason Eales
• Para-Sailing – Andrew May and Chris Sharp
• Para-Canoeing – Scott Martlew

New Zealand flag bearer, Hokitika’s 21-year-old rising star Holly Robinson, will lead the team supported by Chef de Mission Ben Lucas.

Back at “home base” in the Paralympic Village over an hour away, the Para-Swimmers, Para-Cyclists and remaining support staff have joined with their Village-mates Canada, in front of the big screen, to watch their compatriots represent New Zealand. The members of these teams will be heading to bed very soon after the New Zealand Paralympic Team enters the stadium, with Para-Cyclist Kate Horan first to take to the track tomorrow morning at 1.42am NZT in her qualifying round for the Women’s 3km Pursuit C4, followed in quick succession by her Para-Cycling team-mates and Para-Swimmers.

The New Zealand Paralympic Team will wear a uniform designed by BLK, with special bespoke silver fern branded wheelchairs supplied by Invacare. The uniform, which was designed over several months on consultation with several of New Zealand’s most high profile Para-Athletes, goes with a strikingly simple traditional look of black with white accents. The focus of the uniform was on comfort and usability, especially in Rio de Janeiro’s very hot and humid conditions. With some Para-Athletes unable to regulate their body temperature due to their disability, practicality was a key design guide.

Competition opens tomorrow with 6 Para-Athletes in competition. Follow all the action on DUKE and tune into watch ONE News coverage and a special highlights programme aired every night on TV ONE. Coverage will be online via TVNZ OnDemand and AttitudeLive.com.

Further details https://www.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz-paralympics-schedule

The full New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Team is:

PARA-ATHLETICS

 

 

 

Para-Athlete

Resides / Hometown

Classification

Impairment (Disability)

Caitlin Dore

Dunedin / Christchurch

F37 (field)

Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)

Anna Grimaldi

Dunedin / Dunedin

T47 (track & field)

Single limb deficiency

Jessica Hamill

Dunedin / Invercargill

F34 (field)

Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)

Liam Malone

Auckland / Nelson

T43 (track)

Double limb deficiency

Rory McSweeney

Dunedin / Wellington

F44 (field)

Single limb deficiency

Jacob Phillips

Dunedin / Hamilton

T35 (track)

Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)

Holly Robinson

Dunedin / Hokitika

F/T46 (field)

Single limb deficiency

William Stedman

Christchurch / Christchurch

T36 (track & field)

Ataxia (Cerebral Palsy)

PARA-CANOE

Scott Martlew

Christchurch / Christchurch

KL3

Single limb deficiency

PARA-CYCLING

Amanda Cameron

Wellington / Wellington

BVI

Visual impairment

Emma Foy

Cambridge / Dargaville

BVI

Visual impairment

Stephen Hills

New Plymouth / New Plymouth

T2

Right side hemiplegic (Paralysis)

Kate Horan

Wellington / Wellington

C4

Single limb deficiency

Byron Raubenheimer

Auckland / South Africa

C4

Single limb deficiency

Fraser Sharp

Tauranga / Tauranga

C3

Ataxia (Neurological)

Laura Thompson

Auckland / Christchurch

n/a (Sighted pilot)

n/a

Hannah van Kampen

Cambridge / Hawkes Bay

n/a (Sighted pilot)

n/a

PARA-SAILING

Richard Dodson

Auckland / Wellington

Sport Class 6

Loss of muscle power

(Multiple Sclerosis)

Andrew May

Auckland / Christchurch

Sport Class 4

Loss of muscle power (Paraplegia)

Chris Sharp

Auckland / Auckland

Sport Class 4

Loss of muscle power (Paraplegia)

PARA-SHOOTING

Jason Eales

Hamilton/Durban

 

SH2C

Loss of muscle power

(Spinal cord injury)

Michael Johnson

Auckland/Auckland

SH2C

Loss of muscle power (Tetraplegia)

Greg Reid

Wairarapa/Christchurch

SH1

Single limb deficiency

PARA-SWIMMING

Rebecca Dubber

Auckland / Auckland

S7, SB6, SM7

Loss of muscle power (Paraplegia)

Mary Fisher

Auckland / Wellington

S11, SB11, SM11

Visual impairment

Nikita Howarth

Cambridge / Cambridge

S7, SB8, SM7

Double limb deficiency

Cameron Leslie

Auckland / Whangarei

S5, SM4

Quadruple limb deficiency

Hamish McLean

Wanaka / Wanaka

S6, SB6, SM6

Short stature (Achondroplasia)

Tupou Neiufi

Auckland / Auckland

S9, SB8, SM9

Hypertonia (Left side hemiplegia)

Sophie Pascoe

Christchurch / Christchurch

S10, SB9, SM10

Single limb deficiency

Jesse Reynolds

Auckland / Hamilton

S9, SB9, SM9

Single limb deficiency

 

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