Citi Unveils Its Roster of 41 Para Athletes One Year Out from Tokyo 2020
Team Citi will support Citi’s mission to foster a more inclusive society by shining a spotlight on the worldwide Paralympic Movement
New York September 10, 2019 – With less than one year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Citi today announced the roster of Para athletes who will comprise “Team Citi”—a diverse group of 41 Para athletes, from 20 countries and territories, competing in 13 sports.
These exceptional Para athletes will partner with Citi as ambassadors to support the company’s global efforts to foster a more diverse, inclusive society and help change perceptions of persons with disabilities.
“I think I speak for all of us on Team Citi when I say thank you to Citi for your commitment to the athletes and support of the Paralympic Movement more broadly. Together, we will grow the reach and impact of Para sport while changing mindsets about what disability means,” said Team Citi member Kadeena Cox, a British four-time Paralympic medalist in Para Athletics & Para Cycling.
“Citi has made a great effort to truly understand what the Paralympic Movement is about, and its commitment to spreading a positive message about diversity and inclusion across its global enterprise speaks volumes about its dedication to supporting people with disabilities, veterans and a more inclusive society,” said Team Citi member Brad Snyder, an American seven-time Paralympic medalist in Para Swimming.
Citi first began its involvement with the Paralympic Movement through its support of Team USA athletes in 2012. In December 2018, Citi announced its partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and 18 National Paralympic Committees. Since then, more than 12,000 Citi colleagues across 15 countries have attended events in support of Citi’s first global, mission-led partnership and spent time volunteering, with further events planned between now and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“We’re proud to support every member of Team Citi,” said Edward Skyler, Head of Global Public Affairs at Citi. “Each athlete has an incredible story of perseverance and accomplishment. We see our partnership with these remarkable Para athletes and the IPC as a way to create a more inclusive society. Each Team Citi member’s commitment to excellence, on and off the field, are examples of how we all can do more to serve communities around the world.”
“Since coming on board as an international partner in late 2018, Citi has displayed an immense commitment to supporting the Paralympic Movement at all levels and engaging its own workforce in the partnership,” said Craig Spence, the IPC’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. “The announcement of such a fantastic and diverse roster of Para athletes to Team Citi is the next step in engaging audiences and supporting the IPC’s vision of making for a more inclusive world through Para sport.”
Citi will be supporting members of Team Citi at upcoming Para sporting events, including the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London, the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, the 2020 ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines—and ultimately at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Team Citi Para athletes, 22 women and 19 men aged 17 – 50, represent 20 countries and territories. Two Team Citi members are also veterans—one from the United States and the other from Australia. Collectively, this highly accomplished group has made 85 Paralympic Games appearances and won 93 medals in total. At the Paralympic Games, they will compete in 13 sports. Team Citi’s activities will be promoted throughout the partnership on social media with the hashtag #TeamCiti.
The Team Citi roster, including athlete home country or territory, sport and Paralympic Games medal count, is listed below:
- Curtis McGrath, Australia, Para Canoe – 1 Gold
- Madison de Rozario, Australia, Para Athletics – 3 Silver
- Lee Kai-Lin, Chinese Taipei, Para Judo – 1 Silver
- Carlos Serrano, Colombia, Para Swimming – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Erica Castano, Colombia, Para Athletics – Rio 2016 Paralympian
- Camila Haase, Costa Rica, Para Swimming – Rio 2016 Paralympian
- Kadeena Cox, Great Britain, Para Athletics & Para Cycling – 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Lauren Steadman, Great Britain, Para Triathlon – 1 Silver
- Alice Tai, Great Britain, Para Swimming – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
- Alison Yu Chui Yee, Hong Kong, Wheelchair Fencing – 7 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Leung Yuk Wing, Hong Kong, Boccia – 3 Gold, 1 Silver
- Manasi Joshi, India, Para Badminton – Paralympic Hopeful
- Devendra Jhajharia, India, Para Athletics – 2 Gold
- Jendi Pangabean, Indonesia, Para Swimming – Rio 2016 Paralympian
- Ni Nengah Widiasih, Indonesia, Para Powerlifting – 1 Bronze
- Jason Smyth, Ireland, Para Athletics – 5 Gold
- Ellen Keane, Ireland, Para Swimming – 1 Bronze
- Atsushi Yamamoto, Japan, Para Athletics – 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Sae Shigemoto, Japan, Para Athletics – 1 Bronze
- Mohamad Ridzuan Puzi, Malaysia, Para Athletics – 1 Gold
- Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli, Malaysia, Para Swimming – Paralympic Hopeful
- Lenia Ruvalcaba, Mexico, Para Judo – 1 Gold, 1 Silver
- Gustavo Sanchez, Mexico, Para Swimming – 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Lucy Ejike, Nigeria, Para Powerlifting – 3 Gold, 2 Silver
- Paul Kehinde, Nigeria, Para Powerlifting – 1 Gold
- Maciej Lepiato, Poland, Para Athletics – 2 Gold
- Natalia Partyka, Poland, Para Table Tennis – 5 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Tay Wei Ming, Singapore, Para Badminton – Paralympic Hopeful
- Yip Pin Xiu, Singapore, Para Swimming – 3 Gold, 1 Silver
- Ntando Mahlangu, South Africa, Para Athletics – 1 Silver
- Anrune Liebenberg, South Africa, Para Athletics – 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Rawat Tana, Thailand, Para Athletics – 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Arawan Bootpo, Thailand, Para Powerlifting – Four-time Paralympian
- Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, The Philippines, Para Powerlifting – 1 Bronze
- Jerrold Mangliwan, The Philippines, Para Athletics – Rio 2016 Paralympian
- Sara Al Senaani, United Arab Emirates, Para Athletics – 1 Bronze
- Mohammed Khamis Khalaf, United Arab Emirates, Para Powerlifting – 2 Gold, 1 Silver
- Brad Snyder, United States, Two-Time Team Citi Athlete, Para Swimming – 5 Gold, 2 Silver
- Scout Bassett, United States, Two-Time Team Citi Athlete, Para Athletics – Rio 2016 Paralympian
- Trevon Jenifer, United States, Wheelchair Basketball – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
- Nicky Nieves, United States, Sitting Volleyball – 1 Gold
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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. It co-ordinates the organization of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for 10 sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC’s vision is to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.
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