Congratulations to Paralympian Corbin Hart and Olympians Max Brown and Kurtis Imrie, who received their official Paralympic/Olympic pin and number at special presentations in October.
Corbin Hart was one of 5 debutant Paralympians to receive his pin at the Disability Sport Auckland Awards on Friday night, in front of family and friends.
Corbin reflected on the role his family played during his path to the Paralympic Games. “It was a really special occasion to share with my family, especially considering they could not be at Tokyo 2020. Their support means so much to me and I will wear this pin proudly”.
Corbin had a remarkable rise in the sport, securing his Paralympic spot only 10months after first sitting in a kayak. He finished an impressive 13th in Tokyo last September, and is now focused on the Paris Paralympics in 2024.
The mens K2 pair of Max Brown and Kurtis Imrie were recognised and awarded their Olympic pins at a special NZOC event in Auckland earlier in October, alongside 30 other Tokyo Olympians.
Their 5th place finish at the Tokyo Olympics last August was undoubtedly one of the most exciting races for kiwi kayak fans, as they challenged the best kayakers in the world at their debut Olympics. Kurtis acknowledged on an instagram post that it was his “greatest achievement so far”.
Alicia Hoskin was also a first time Olympian but was unable to attend the ceremony.
Congratulations to these athletes and we look forward to seeing their athletic journeys unfold.