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Published on 10-Sep-2015

Paralympics New Zealand and Sanford sign Major Partnership as New Zealand marks ‘1 year to go’ until Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) and New Zealand Seafood company, Sanford, are delighted to announce a new Major Partnership signed during this week’s festivities to mark exactly ‘1 Year To Go’ until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

On Monday, Sanford CEO, Volker Kuntzsch, took part in the unveiling of PNZ’s new awareness and fundraising initiative, Spirit of Gold®, at the AUT Millennium in Auckland. Spirit of Gold® is a new long-term campaign to increase awareness and raise funds to support the Para-Athletes currently on the Road to Rio 2016 and secondly, to invest in the development of Para-Sport across New Zealand. A series of events will be rolled out nationally in coming months to enable the community to get closer to Para-Sport, but in the meantime, PNZ is very hopeful that kiwis will donate now at paralympics.org.nz.

Volker Kuntzsch (CEO, Sanford) said, “Everyday, Sanford is competing globally to be the best seafood company in the world.  We’re proud to be backing Paralympics New Zealand to help Para-Athletes be the best they can and take on the world at Rio 2016 and beyond.”

He continued: “We see this new partnership with Paralympics New Zealand as a great way to get our people around New Zealand behind the amazing kiwi Para-Athletes.  We’re also looking to support athletes off the water through a nutrition initiative incorporating our beautiful New Zealand seafood as part of a high performance diet.”

Selwyn Maister (Chairman, PNZ) says, “We could not be more delighted to welcome Sanford to the Paralympic family! Their immediate enthusiasm and commitment to the vision we set for Para-Sport through the launch of Spirit of Gold® Initiative is very heartening indeed. We are very excited that Sanford has chosen Paralympics New Zealand as its partner as it significantly evolves its business.”

Nikita Howarth (Para-Swimmer and New Zealand’s youngest Paralympian, London 2012) says, “I was so excited to be a part of the ‘1 Year to Go’ celebrations on Monday. I was only 13 when I went to London 2012, but I definitely think that the support we have now compared to then is so much bigger! And with companies like Sanford getting involved and excited about us and what we can achieve, I think we will have so much greater support when we get to Rio 2016 in less than a year!”

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