By Gary Anderson

Sportswear firm 2XU will partner the APC up to the end of 2016 ©Getty Images The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) has announced that 2XU will continue as its exclusive uniform partner up until Rio 2016 and beyond.

The Melbourne-based firm has been supplying the APC since 2011, covering London 2012 and Sochi 2014, and the new deal will see the company continue to supply technical, casual and compression apparel until the end of 2016.

"This is a wonderful demonstration of 2XU's belief in the values of the APC and our teams, and the ongoing growth of the Paralympic movement in Australia," said APC chief executive Jason Hellwig.

"Since our partnership began in early 2011, 2XU has become an integral part of the Australian Paralympic family and we are delighted that our partnership continues to flourish.

"With Rio 2016 set to lift Paralympic sport to unprecedented heights, the APC has challenged itself to go above and beyond what has been achieved previously.

"It is a challenge we have also issued our partners, and we are not only excited that 2XU has passionately accepted, but we are confident the challenge will be met."

In addition to supporting the 2016 Australian Paralympic team in Rio de Janeiro, 2XU will provide sportswear for the programmes managed by the APC, including wheelchair rugby, boccia, goalball and winter sport.

Australian Parathletes Carlee Beattie, Jack Swift, Melissa Tapper and Kelly Cartwright model the 2XU apparel outside Sydney Opera House ©APCAustralian Parathletes Carlee Beattie, Jack Swift, Melissa Tapper and Kelly Cartwright model the 2XU apparel outside Sydney Opera House ©APC

Speaking about the deal, 2XU co-founder and director of sales and marketing, Aidan Clarke, claimed 2XU was proud to grow its relationship with the APC's Paralympic athletes and team.

"2XU strives for excellence at every step; from our research and development to product engineering, right through to supporting best in class athletes and institutes," he said.

"We were honoured to see our apparel on the dais in London, and look forward to supporting APC athletes with the finest performance and recovery garments required to achieve equal success in Rio."

Australia sent eight athletes to Sochi 2014 with Alpine skiers Jessica Gallagher and Toby Kane coming away with a bronze medal each.

At London 2012, Australia came fifth overall with 30 gold, 23 silver and 30 bronze medals.

The APC is aiming to send more than 170 athletes to Rio 2016.

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