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Paralympics Australia has taken an important step in preparation for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games with the PA Games Delivery team making its first site visit to the Host City earlier this month.

During the four-day visit, led by Chief Executive Catherine Clark and newly-appointed Australian Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin, saw PA representatives meet with the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for updates on sport delivery, transport, accommodation, logistics and construction of the Paralympic Village.

McLoughlin said the visit was an important opportunity to gain information to help PA try to gain an competitive edge in Paris when Games begin in just over two years time.

“It was fantastic to finally set foot in Paris to kick start our campaign planning,” McLoughlin said.

“We now have just under 800 days to ensure that the Australian Paralympic Team is provided with the best possible high-performance environment and tools for Paralympic Games success.”

PA’s delegation also met with stakeholders, including Australia’s Ambassador to France, Gillian Bird, at the Australian Embassy.

Other highlights included a tour of the Paralympic Village construction site and four of the competition venues, including the Stade de France (Para-athletics), Bercy Arena (wheelchair basketball venue), Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Vélodrome (Para-cycling) and Vaires-Sur-Marne Nautical Stadium (Para-canoe).

McLoughlin was impressed by the facilities and said she was pleased with the planning progress.

“It’s exciting to see the Village and venues coming together and we are grateful for the relationships we have formed with the Organising Committee and other key stakeholders on the ground in Paris, all of whom will be critical to our success at the 2024 Games,” she said.

The Paris Paralympic Games will take place from August 28 to September 8, 2024, with 4400 athletes expected to compete across 549 medal events in 22 sports.

By: Lucy Hunt, Paralympics Australia
Posted: 24 June 2022