New Zealand to send a 30-strong team to Beijing Paralympic Games
www.chinaview.cn 2008-05-07 07:58:31   Print

Special report: 2008 Olympic Games

    WELLINGTON, May 7 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand will send a 30-strongteam to the Paralympic Games in Beijing in September, Radio New Zealand reported on Wednesday.

    The team is headed by Athens gold medallists Tim Prendergast and Matt Slade in athletics, and shooter Michael Johnson.

    Tim Johnson, Dan Buckingham, Jai Waite, Curtis Palmer Gerry Tinker and Sholto Taylor - who were members of the gold medal-winning Wheel Blacks - will also be in Beijing to defend the title.

    Liam Sanders, Maurice Toon and Jeremy Morriss in boccia (a cross between indoor bowls and pentanque), along with swimmer Daniel Sharp, are other team members who won medals in Athens.

    Current world record holders, Wellington's Paula Tesoriero in cycling and Invercargill's Jessica Hamill in athletics, are expected to be strong medal contenders.

    The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games will be held in September and will use the same venues and village as the Olympic Games. A total of 4,000 athletes from 130 countries and regions are expected to compete.

 

Editor: Sun Yunlong
Related Stories
Home Beijing 2008 Olympics
Email Us Back to Top
Medal Tally Aug.  
Top Photos
Paralympic torch relay kicks off in Luoyang
Paralympic torch lands on Shanghai
Top Videos
Qingdao Paralympic village opens
Beijing Paralympic torch relay in Hohhot
Foreign leaders congratulate China on successful Olympics
Hu: Beijing Games promote Olympic spirit
Samaranch: Best Games of my life
Foreign leaders hail successful Games
IOC awards Olympic Order in Gold to BOCOG