Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is delighted to announce that Invacare New Zealand has become the latest partner to throw its support behind PNZ’s vision for Para-Sport. Invacare has signed up to become the Preferred Equipment Supplier of Paralympics New Zealand and the New Zealand Paralympic Team.
Fiona Allan, CEO, PNZ said: “New Year’s Eve will mark exactly 250 days to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. We also hope that it will mark the beginning of a new era for Para-Sport in this country. The New Zealand Paralympic Team finished number one in the world for medals per capita at London 2012 and we’re tracking to retain this title in Rio. To deliver this success yet again at Tokyo 2020 means we must find innovative ways to not only invest in Gold medal potential programmes and Para-Athletes but also find the future Paralympians of tomorrow through our community programmes.
“Invacare will be the sixth company to join our Paralympic Family of Partners since we launched our awareness and fundraising initiative, Spirit of Gold®, in September 2015. We have world class systems within our high performance programme, however to transfer these systems across to our community programmes, we need more partners that share our vision for the future of Para-Sport in New Zealand. We could not be more grateful for the tremendous wave of support from business.”
Invacare is the world’s leading manufacturer of home healthcare and mobility equipment, providing innovative solutions to promote recovery and active lifestyles. Invacare has a range of specialist sporting equipment under the Top End brand, such as Wheelchair Basketball, Tennis, track and road racing chairs and handcycles.
At the heart of the new Supporting Partnership is a shared passion for PNZ’s new community ACC Para-Open Days, launching in 2016. It is hoped that these events, currently in development by PNZ with its Major Partner, ACC, will see the success of our Paralympians on the world stage inspire disabled people to become involved in one of 22 Para-Sports. PNZ has invited Invacare to design the equipment strategy for the events and personally work with the potential Para-Athletes taking part.
Geoff Purtill, Managing Director Invacare Australia and New Zealand said: “Invacare’s brand promise is ‘Making Life’s Experiences Possible’. We seek to understand our customer needs and ensure they have the best equipment for an active lifestyle. There is no tougher customer than a Paralympian aiming for a gold medal! Our new partnership with Paralympics New Zealand will help us get right to the heart of these needs and ensure we exceed the expectations of all customers.”
Invacare joins a Paralympic Family of Partners headlined by Major Partners, ACC, Sanford and Cadbury. All partners have signed to support PNZ’s new Spirit of Gold® Initiative, which is designed to increase awareness and raise funds to help the teams heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games and to support the growth of Para-Sport across New Zealand.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will take place from the 7 - 18 September 2016. Taking place every four years, the Paralympic Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for disabled athletes. More than 4,350 athletes from 178 countries are expected to compete in 22 sports, with 526 medal events.
For more information or to donate to Paralympics New Zealand, visit: www.paralympics.org.nz