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.

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

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