2012 Paralympics - What To Expect

2012 Paralympics - What To Expect

It's been a few weeks since the London Olympics drew to a close in sensational style and it's fair to say that arguably New Zealand's best ever performance left the nation extremely proud of our athletes heroics.

Getting back into a normal routine has been difficult too - and with the Paralympics of 2012 now open for business, chances are you're going to have to come up with a few more late-for-work excuses.

Our Paralympians have overcome huge barriers even getting to where they are today. Make sure you tune in and show your support to our talented countrymen. Of the 24 Paralympians competing at this years' games, we've chosen three athletes to keep you eyes on:

Sophie Pascoe
An absolute superstar in and out of the water, Sophie returns to the Paralympics having already medalled in four events, three of them at the top of the podium. She'll be a raging hot favourite to add to the collection, and competing in no less than six events, 2012 could be a bumper year for the Cantabrian.

Michael Johnson
The Waiuku shooter led the team at the opening ceremony and will be looking to lead NZ's gold medal charge early. A veteran of two Paralympics already, Michael will be competing in two air rifle events.

Nathan Smith
The 36 year old New Plymouth cyclist returns to the city that played an integral role in his rehab following his leg amputation. Whatsmore, if he's short on advice, all he needs to turn to is younger brother Snakey - All Black legend Conrad.

To follow the progress of the NZ Paralympic Team check out www.paralympics.org.nz

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