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Wagner to Korea in support of NZ Paralympians

8 March 2018

Wagner to Korea in support of NZ Paralympians

National Party spokesperson for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner is today headed to Pyeongchang to support our Kiwi Paralympians at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.

“Our three athletes will do us proud in PyeongChang this week, and I am looking forward to any or all of the trio bringing home medals,” Ms Wagner says.

“The Paralympics is one of the highlights of the international sporting calendar and I am sure our athletes will rise to the challenge of the gruelling minus 17-degree temperatures.

“New Zealand has sent Paraskiers Adam Hall and Corey Peters and Parasnowboarder Carl Murphy who join 670 athletes from 45 countries in a programme that includes 80 events.

“Adam won gold in Vancouver in 2010, Corey achieved silver in Sochi in 2014 and Carl placed fourth in Sochi so with the vigorous training regime they have all completed so far, their prospects for bringing home medals are very high.

“These athletes have overcome so much to train successfully for this world event and they are each fine examples of how those with disabilities can gain more control and choice in their lives. The skills and courage that they show in their pursuit of excellence are incredibly inspiring.

“It’s disappointing that the Government haven’t sent a representative to the Paralympics. Our Paralympians overcome significant barriers to represent our country and are worthy of our support.”

TVNZ is screening every Kiwi moment from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on Duke from the 9th – 18th of March.

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