The Bombers are getting behind Australia’s Paralympians as they prepare to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games from August 24.
As part of Paralympics Australia’s #ReadySetTokyo campaign, the club has bought 800 virtual seats to help Paralympics Australia raise $500,000 in support of this year’s Australian Paralympics Team and tomorrow’s Paralympians.
The 800 seats represent the Bombers’ players, football and admin staff, and their families.
Essendon has a proud partnership with Paralympics Australia, whose Victorian office has been based at the NEC Hangar with the Bombers since the facility’s development in 2013.
The partnership delivers significant benefits to current and aspiring Paralympians and their coaches across several Paralympics sports.
This includes the provision of training facilities, office and meeting spaces and high-performance resources for our national wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and para table tennis teams, who are based at the NEC Hangar.
This year, the stage two development of the NEC Hangar saw the introduction of purpose-built dormitory accommodation for Australia’s para-athletes, which has been used for training camps and quarantine hubs in the lead-up the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell wished the Australian Paralympic Team the best of luck in its Tokyo campaign.
“It has been a privilege for our staff and players to be surrounded by world-class para-athletes, whose commitment, perseverance, passion and patriotism inspire us every day,” Campbell said.
“On behalf of the entire Essendon family, we wish the Australian Paralympic Team the very best in Tokyo and look forward to welcoming some gold medals to the NEC Hangar trophy cabinets.”
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
August 24 – September 5
Live on Channel Seven and 7+ app