Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has unveiled the team uniform for New Zealand's London 2012 Paralympic Games team. The uniforms were launched on Saturday in Auckland at the pre London team camp. The uniforms were modelled by Paralympians Sophie Pascoe (swimmer), Chris Ross, Laura Thompson, Phillipa Gray and Fiona Southorn (all cyclists).
In partnership with 2XU designers, PNZ have developed a uniform for the athletes and team support staff. The 2XU clothing which is focused on technical performance was 'designed' for PNZ by 2XU specifically for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Leading New Zealand brand Icebreaker have also supported the travel and dress uniform with the inclusion of a merino hoodie jacket as part of the travel uniform, and a t-shirt and scarf as part of the formal uniform.
The New Zealand Paralympic team will have a selection of uniforms including:
Travel uniform - an Icebreaker merino wool hoodie, with a 2XU black polo and track pants. A large wheeled travel bag is included along with a back pack for everyday use including a built in pocket for laptops.
The Medal Ceremony uniform includes a jacket in black and white reflect New Zealand's national colours. This garment is worn with black 2XU track pants, and a 2XU black polo shirt. 2XU uses fabrics and construction technology to support the high standards required by elite athletes. These fabrics are designed to be light weight, breathable and comfortable to wear in all temperatures.
Village wear include the Elite Cruize jacket that is shower and windproof, with a zip off hood, with the white polo and black track pants.
The Dress uniform reflects New Zealands national colour - black. The black jackets and skirt or trousers are teamed with an Icebreaker merino t-shirt and scarf in the colour of royal blue and aqua. These colours not only represent the colours of the London 2012 Paralympic Games but also the seas and lakes of New Zealand.
The New Zealand team will be wearing this to the Opening Ceremony on 29 August.
New Zealand Paralympic Team Chef de Mission Duane Kale was thrilled to showcase the uniform to the team and supporters. He says, "The unveiling of our team uniform is a very exciting time and a key milestone for our athletes in their build up to London 2012," he continues, "from my experience as Chef de Misson with the Beijing 2008 team the uniform binds the team and further assists our athletes to perform."
The Paralympic Games open on 29 August and end on 9 September 2012.
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