Earlier today, the New Zealand team competing at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships left New Zealand on their way to California for the competition that officially gets underway on August 6.
The team at the airport included Gary Francis, Tayla Clement, Georgia Gray, Jesse Reynolds, Daniel Gaualofa, Ken Nixon, Rod Corban, Rebecca Dubber, Mary Fisher, Christopher Arbuthnott, Megan Munro, and Esther Price. Sophie Pascoe and Nikita Howarth, both currently competing at the Commonwealth Games, will join the team at a later date.
Four members of the team competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, including Pascoe, Fisher, Howarth and Dubber. Dubber is returning to the team after an absence from international competition following the Paralympic Games. Gray, Clement, Gaualofa and Arbuthnott are all set to make their international debut at the competition.
Every member of the team needed to qualify for the competition by meeting a minimum qualifying time at an IPC recognised swimming event, and meet all other IPC standards for participation.