Allianz Australia becomes sponsor of the Australian Paralympic Committee

Sydney, 7 July 2011

With a little over a year to go before the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Allianz Australia has become an Official Supporter of the Australian Paralympic Committee and Australia’s 2012 Paralympic Team in a two year sponsorship deal.

Terry Towell, Allianz Australia Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Australian Paralympic Committee and to be supporting Australia’s Paralympic athletes to achieve their competitive goals, while motivating and inspiring others.

“For Allianz, this is a significant partnership, bringing the combined forces of Allianz Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee and the global reach of the Allianz Group to support the international Paralympic movement as we head to the Games in London next year.”

The partnership reinforces Allianz Australia’s parent company Allianz SE’s renewal of its global support of the Paralympic movement. As a Gold Patron of the International Paralympic Committee since 2006, Allianz SE has this year become the organisation’s first “International Partner”.

Allianz Australia joins a growing number of Allianz companies in Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey in providing sponsorship support for their National Paralympic Committees.

Australian Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Jason Hellwig said: “The London 2012 Paralympic Games is going to be spectacular and the Australian Paralympic Committee plans to send the biggest ever team to an overseas Paralympic Games, with the valuable support of our corporate partners such as Allianz Australia.

“Allianz has a long history of involvement in the global Paralympic movement and the Australian Paralympic Committee is excited to now have Allianz Australia on board supporting our Australian athletes.”

Paralympic qualification and selection for the 2012 Australian Team is currently underway, with Australian athletes with a disability working hard to
qualify across 15 sports including athletics, boccia, cycling, equestrian, 7-a-side football, goalball, powerlifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

The 2012 London Paralympic Games will take place from 29 August to 9 September 2012.

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