With 500 days until the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Paralympics Australia today announced a partnership with global financial services firm Citi.
As part of Citi’s international partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Citi will provide support to the Australian Paralympic Team leading up to and during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
In addition to the sponsorship, Citi has recruited three-time Paralympian Madison de Rozario (Para-athletics) and Paralympic gold medallist Curt McGrath (Para-canoe) as Team Citi Ambassadors, as part of Citi’s strategy to promote the Paralympic movement worldwide.
Luke Randell, Chief Executive Officer of Citi Australia, said the partnership highlights Citi’s passion to foster a diverse and inclusive society.
“Citi’s mission is to enable growth and progress, and this is exactly what the Paralympics does,” Randell said. “It is an incredible platform to showcase the abilities of Para-athletes, and Citi couldn’t be prouder to be a sponsor of this event and support Madison and Curtis.”
“We are delighted that Citi has joined us on our road to Tokyo and we’re very gratified to have such a well-respected global brand join our Australian Paralympic family,” said Paralympics Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Lynne Anderson.
She added: “Citi has been involved in the Paralympic movement for quite some time now. They share with us a passion for cultivating an inclusive society through sport, as well as advocating strongly for social change and improving perceptions of disability. It’s a great feeling to know we have the support of such a committed and active partner to help us promote our incredible Paralympians, and we’re looking forward to sharing with them the highs and lows of our journey to Tokyo over the next 500 days.”
The international bank began its relationship with the Paralympic movement in 2012 with its sponsorship of the US Olympic and Paralympic Teams, and last year served as a partner for the 2018 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney, NSW, the 2018 Asian Para Games, and the 2018 World Para-swimming European Championships. As part of the international partnership with the IPC, Citi will partner with 18 National Paralympic Committees, including Paralympics Australia, to provide tailored support.
The Tokyo Paralympics will take place from 25 August – 6 September 2020.
By Paralympics Australia