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New Zealand swimming team departs for Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

People in a group at the airport The New Zealand team at the airport. Image credit: Paralympics New Zealand

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.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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