The list of 41 Para-athletes who will comprise "Team Citi" at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has been announced.
The diverse group will partner with leading global bank 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.
Fifteen are from the sport of athletics, including Australia's Madison de Rozario, Colombia's Erica Castano, Great Britain's Kadeena Cox, who is also a Para-cyclist, India's Devendra Jhajharia, Ireland's Jason Smyth, Japan's Atsushi Yamamoto and Sae Shigemoto, and Malaysia's Mohamad Ridzuan Puzi.
The list also features nine swimmers, comprising Colombia's Carlos Serrano, Costa Rica's Camila Haase, Britain's Alice Tai, Jendi Pangabean of Indonesia, Ellen Keane from Ireland, Malaysia's Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli, Mexico's Gustavo Sanchez, Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu and American Brad Snyder.
There are six powerlifters, including Indonesia's Ni Nengah Widiasih, Nigeria's Lucy Ejike and Paul Kehinde and Thailand's Arawan Bootpo.
The list is completed by two badminton players in India's Manasi Joshi and Singapore's Tay Wei Ming, two judoka in Chinese Taipei's Lee Kai-Lin and Mexico’s Lenia Ruvalcaba, wheelchair basketballer Trevon Jenifer of the US, boccia player Leung Yuk Wing of Hong Kong, canoeist Curtis McGrath of Australia, wheelchair fencer Alison Yu Chui Yee of Hong Kong, table tennis player Natalia Partyka of Poland, triathlete Lauren Steadman of Britain and sitting volleyball player Nicky Nieves of the US.
Citi will be supporting members of the team at a number of Para-events, including the ongoing World Para Swimming Championships in London, the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, the 2020 ASEAN Para Games in The Philippines and ultimately at Tokyo 2020.
Team Citi Para-athletes, 19 men and 22 women aged 17 to 50, represent 20 countries and territories.
Collectively, the group has 85 Paralympic Games appearances and a total of 93 medals.
At Tokyo 2020, they will compete in 13 sports.
Citi first began its involvement with the Paralympic Movement through its support of US 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 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 Tokyo 2020.
"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," Cox, a four-time Paralympic medallist, said.
"Together, we will grow the reach and impact of Para-sport while changing mindsets about what disability means."
Snyder, a seven-time Paralympic medallist, added: "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."
Team Citi's activities will be promoted throughout the partnership on social media with the hashtag #TeamCiti.
"We’re proud to support every member of Team Citi," Edward Skyler, head of global public affairs at Citi, said.
"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."