NZ Paralympians celebrate 100 day countdown to Rio

Te Papa was abuzz with a carnival atmosphere as New Zealand Paralympians marked 100 days until the Rio Paralympics.

Rio-bound New Zealand representatives Kate Horan, Chris Sharp, and Liam Malone made appearances, as well as Chef de Mission and former wheelchair racer Ben Lucas.

Te Papa was like a carnival atmosphere with NZ athletes marking 100 days until the Rio Paralympics. Source: 1 NEWS

After official speeches, 100 school children broke into a samba led by a Brazilian percussion and dance group.

The countdown is well underway for those heading to the games, and Chef de Mission Lucas says it's getting to the stage where every day counts.

"Today really means that the 2016 games are just around the corner," Lucas said.

Paralympics New Zealand chief executive Fiona Allan says their hope is to retain the title as number one in the world for medals per capita.

"Paralympics New Zealand has a target of 18 medals, including 12 gold medals," she said.

New Zealand has 24 representatives selected to date, with further selection still to take place.



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Multiple horses hit the deck at manic Hawera hurdles

A manic start to a hurdle meeting in Hawera saw multiple jockeys flying off their horses, remarkably none were seriously injured. 

A cluster of horses fell at the start of the maiden hurdle 2800m race at Egmont Race Course.

Race favourite Cheese Maker was among the group of horses that hit the deck, sending rider Shaun Fannin flying over the inside rail, Fairfax reported.

David Jensen was the only jockey hurt, with what Trackside TV reported as a "soft tissue injury".

When the remaining horses came to the hurdle which caused the chaos, officials steered them around the jump, as riders were still being tended to. 

This then caused another incident, as the narrow path proved a tight squeeze, causing two more horses, Cullister and Red Mafia, to crash to the ground.

The race continued despite the carnage, with Ngario taking the win ridden by Matthew Gillies.