Team Citi athletes revealed ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Forty-one Para sport stars across 13 sports to foster more inclusive, diverse society 10 Sep 2019
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Kadeena Cox is one of 41 athletes named as part of Team Citi
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By Citi and IPC

With less than one year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Citi has 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 medallist in Para athletics & Para cycling.

Brad Snyder is a two-time Team Citi athlete

“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 seven-time Paralympic medallist in Para swimming from the USA.

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.

Five-time Paralympic champion Natalia Partyka is among the team

“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.”

Team Citi athlete Manasi Joshi is a newly-crowned Para badminton world champion

“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 Allianz 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.

Paralympic and Parapan champion Carlos Serrano is currently competing at the Para swimming Worlds

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.

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 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Erica Castano Colombia Para athletics 0
Camila Haase Costa Rica Para swimming 0
Kadeena Cox Great Britain Para athletics & Para cycling 4 (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Lauren Steadman Great Britain Para triathlon 1 silver
Alice Tai Great Britain Para swimming 2 (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Alison Yu Chui Yee Hong Kong Wheelchair fencing 11 (7 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
Leung Yuk Wing Hong Kong Boccia 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
Manasi Joshi India Para badminton 0
Devendra Jhajharia  India Para athletics 2 gold
Jendi Pangabean Indonesia Para swimming 0
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 3 (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 0
Lenia Ruvalcaba Mexico Para judo 2 (1 gold, 1 silver)
Gustavo Sanchez Mexico Para swimming 4 (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Lucy Ejike Nigeria Para powerlifting 5 (3 gold, 2 silver)
Paul Kehinde Nigeria Para powerlifting 1 gold
Maciej Lepiato Poland Para athletics 2 gold
Natalia Partyka Poland Para table tennis  8 (5 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
Tay Wei Ming Singapore Para badminton 0
Yip Pin Xiu Singapore Para swimming 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
Ntando Mahlangu South Africa  Para athletics 1 silver
Anrune Liebenberg South Africa Para athletics 3 (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Rawat Tana Thailand Para athletics 4 (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Arawan Bootpo Thailand Para powerlifting 0
Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta The Philippines Para powerlifting 1 bronze
Jerrold Mangliwan The Philippines Para athletics 0
Sara Al Senaani United Arab Emirates Para athletics 1 bronze
Mohammed Khamis Khalaf United Arab Emirates Para powerlifting 3 (2 gold, 1 silver)
Brad Snyder United States of America Para swimming 7 (5 gold, 2 silver)
Scout Bassett United States of America Para athletics 0
Trevon Jenifer United States of America Wheelchair basketball 2 (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Nicky Nieves United States of America Sitting volleyball 1 gold