German prosthetics brand Ottobock has signed a sponsorship deal with the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organizing committee.
Ottobock has joined as the Official Prosthetic, Orthotic, and Wheelchair Repair Provider and will support the para-athletes with its free technical service for the duration of competition 4th to 15th April.
Just a month after the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang 2018, South Korea, Ottobock will continue to support para-athletes ahead of the Gold Coast 2018.
Ottobock will deploy over 25 technicians, many of whom speak multiple languages, to provide optimal support to para-athletes.
This year’s edition of the Games will have the largest integrated para-sports programme for any major event which will see up to 300 para-athletes compete in 38 medal events across seven para-sports.
Thomas Much, Managing Director of Ottobock said, “Our team of experts incorporating orthotics and prosthetics professionals, wheelchair technicians and welders will be available to repair and service prostheses, orthoses, and wheelchairs so the athletes can concentrate fully on their performance in the competition.”
“Our main workshop will be open daily in the Commonwealth Games Village with mobile workshops located at Games venues and training sites to provide help as soon as possible in case of technical problems.
“We’ll also provide round the clock support to ensure any devices athletes need for their everyday routine or to reach the competition can be repaired regardless of the manufacturer.”
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation General Manager, Commercial, Cameron Murray, said “GC2018 would provide a safe, independent and dignified experience for athletes, spectators, volunteers, sponsors and media. Inspiring inclusion is a key sustainability pillar for GC2018 and we’re focused on making these Games the most accessible and inclusive in history.
“Having an integrated sport program is a feature of the Commonwealth Games and I’m looking forward to seeing para-athletes from across the Commonwealth compete for Gold as part of the world class sport on offer during GC2018.”
Ottobock is the longest serving partner to the Paralympic Games, starting at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, and has been an official Worldwide Partner of the Paralympic Movement since 2005.