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Just the one medal for day three but some good PBs.

NZ Total

Gold - 3

Sliver - 2

Bronze - 2

A great effort from an embarrassingly small and underfunded team. Still irks me when you see other nations now taking Paralympics as a serious event and worth funding programs.

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Day Eight...

GOLD:D

Liam Malone

Athletics Track Men's 400m T44

Absolutely brilliant race as he powered his way through the field and mowed everyone down...What a sweet way to hit New Zealand's medal target of 18!.

 

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Day Nine...bonus medal country...

Bronze:)

William Stedman, Athletics Track T36/400m. At only 16 years of age a great effort.

Still plenty of action in the last two and a half days of events. Hopefully something on the water as well.

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22 hours ago, Alexjc said:

Day Eight...

GOLD:D

Liam Malone

Athletics Track Men's 400m T44

Absolutely brilliant race as he powered his way through the field and mowed everyone down...What a sweet way to hit New Zealand's medal target of 18!.

 

Not literally I hope! :o;)

Liam seems to be becoming one of the poster boys of these Games. He is a big favourite on 'The Last Leg' (the light-hearted nightly Paralympic commentary show). :)

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/adam-hills-the-last-leg/

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:lol:

Oh yeah...Liam is cracking us up as well with his off the cuff comments that are just so hilariously funny. 

Very much the poster boy of the NZ Team...He's also great friends with Sophie Pascoe.

They have been playing his back story on TV and how he once was dissapointed that he had to compete with "disabled athletes".

Such was his mindset growing up.

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It's been a fantastic games for the New Zealand Paralympic Team. The team has exceeded their goal of 18 medals. 

I was interviewed a few days ago by Fairfax Media regarding whether or not Paralympians get enough recognition for their performance. 

You can read the article here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/84149177/are-new-zealands-paralympians-getting-due-recognition-for-their-athleticism

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8 hours ago, micheal_warren said:

It's been a fantastic games for the New Zealand Paralympic Team. The team has exceeded their goal of 18 medals. 

I was interviewed a few days ago by Fairfax Media regarding whether or not Paralympians get enough recognition for their performance. 

You can read the article here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/84149177/are-new-zealands-paralympians-getting-due-recognition-for-their-athleticism

:)

A really big thank you needs to go to TVNZ, ACC, and NZon Air. Such excellent "smother coverage". (It does help in the era of on line instant access). Medallists getting a mention at the front end of the news cycle and chunk of the sports section help.

Attitudes have changed as we have seen NZ starting to embrace any international event we participate in. Listening to people talking about the Paralympians success shows this. Getting over the "ickky" factor of melformed bodies is a big thing and TVNZ focusing on the swimming was/is a deliberate ploy. TVNZs 'Attitude' show producers wanted this. Its easier to accept Pascoes' missing lower leg but Nikita Haworth's undeveloped arms takes some getting use to on an otherwise hot athletic body.

Of course personality counts...Liam Malone and Sophie Pascoe attests to this.

With such positive attitudes they keep going when fully abled bodied athletes would give up. 

Funding - well its all about $$$. As Michael had mentioned, reasonable, but considering possible over funding of Olympic events, a little more could go towards the Paralympics team. This is not our biggest team, and there were potentially more medals out there...

Its now day 10 and the last full day of competition. Hoping for a couple more medals.

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