Paralympics to begin in PyeongChang

Posted on March 8, 2018 by in NSWIS News

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games will begin in South Korea tomorrow night and the stage is set for a huge Australian performance.

A total of 15 athletes will compete for the Australian Paralympic Team, with Co-Captain Joany Badenhorst a medal chance in the Snowboard Banked Slalom following her recent success on the World Cup circuit. Badenhorst won two Crystal Globes for the season and goes into the Games a strong favourite.

Para Alpine Skier Mel Perrine is also in with a shot at medalling at her third Paralympic Games. Perrine will compete in the visually impaired skiing events and won silver recently in her World Cup season.

Chef de Mission of the 2018 Australian Paralympic Team Nick Dean said he has no doubt that this group of athletes will only enhance Australia’s proud history at the Paralympic Winter Games.

“While PyeongChang is set to be the most competitive Paralympic Winter Games yet, we have had some incredible results from both our Para-alpine skiers and Para-snowboarders over the previous four seasons,” Dean said.

“And while it has never been harder to win a Paralympic medal, I am proud to say our athletes are primed and ready to push their limits and hopefully add to the total of 30 Paralympic medals we have won since our first back in 1992.”

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from 9 – 18 March and will be broadcast on the Seven Network.


Find our more on some of the Australian athletes competing in PyeongChang over the next couple of weeks:

Ben Tudhope
Para Snowboard

Joany Badenhorst
Para Snowboard

Mel Perrine
Para Alpine Skiing

Patrick Jensen
Para Alpine Skiing

Tori Pendergast
Para Alpine Skiing

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