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NZ team for Paralympics finalised at 29

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/07/2016

The New Zealand team to compete at the Rio Paralympics has been finalised following the late addition of two track and field athletes.

Javelin thrower Caitlin Dore and sprinter Jacob Phillips will both swell the para-athletics contingent to eight and the overall team size to 29 for the Games from September 7-18.

The team also includes eight para-swimmers, seven para-cyclists and three each in para-sailing and para-shooting.

Paralympics NZ has a stated goal of winning 18 medals in Rio, including 12 gold.

Phillips' selection is a reward for tenacity, having been forced to sit out much of last year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He bounced back to clock personal best times over 100m and 200m at this year's Australian championships in the T35 category.

Dore, who will also make her Paralympics debut, has reaped dividends from a shift to Dunedin last year to train under Raylene Bates. She finished eighth at the world championships.

The Games are expected to attract 4350 athletes from 178 countries in 22 sports.

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