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Paralympic swim squad named

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

Gold medallists Sophie Pascoe, Mary Fisher and Cameron Leslie headline the para-swimming squad for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games named in Auckland on Thursday.

The trio will be joined by fellow London 2012 Paralympians, Nikita Howarth and Rebecca Dubber, along with two rising stars in Bryall McPherson and Jesse Reynolds.

Between them, the para-swimming squad holds nine Paralympic titles, 22 world titles and 10 long-course world records.

Pascoe won six gold medals and four silver across two Paralympic Games in London and Beijing, while Fisher completed a breakthrough haul of one gold, two silver and a bronze, and a world record in London four years ago.

Leslie, a gold medallist and world record holder at Beijing 2008 and again in London 2012, will be competing at his third straight Paralympic Games.

The seven para-swimmers join a three-strong para-sailing squad named in March, comprising former America's Cup sailor and multiple world champion Rick Dodson, Chris Sharp and double Paralympian Andrew May in the three-person keelboat event (sonar).

The New Zealand team is aiming to win 18 medals, including 12 gold, across up to eight para-sports.

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