Toyota Supports 25 Para Athletes from 12 Countries at PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games 2018, Including Six from Great Britain

8 March 2018

At the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 that begin on March 9, Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is supporting 25 Para athletes from 12 countries, including some that are Toyota employees, as “Team Toyota Athletes”. The Paralympic Winter Games will run from 9 to 18 March.

“We are all fighting a battle with something or other, and we all know that it is very difficult to keep trying when we feel defeated already,” said Akio Toyoda, President and Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation. “As such, we are touched by athletes who keep challenging their limits. I sincerely hope that all the athletes will be able to do and perform their best, and that smiles will spread from PyeongChang to rest of the world.”

The athletes selected from among Toyota group employees have all demonstrated commitment to the company’s core values. Toyota provides support for the athletes in one or more ways, including, but not limited to

  • Financial support, such as supplying vehicles, activity fees, sponsorships
  • Technology support, such as development of equipment
  • Direct employment, such as those Toyota employees competing this year

At the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, which closed on 25 February, 11 athletes supported by Toyota earned a total of eight gold medals, five silver medals, and five bronze medals for their respective National Olympic Teams. These included the multiple medals earned by Ireen Wust from the Netherlands as well as Johannes Hosflot Klæbo from Norway.

Aiming to “achieve a peaceful and non-discriminatory society through sports” and to “contribute to a sustainable society through mobility,” Toyota entered into an agreement with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2015 to become Worldwide Paralympic Partner. As the automotive industry faces a once-in-a-century revolutionary change, Toyota, encouraged by all of its stakeholders, starting from its own employees, aims to create an ever better mobility society that can offer all people the freedom to move.

Toyota also has agreements with the National Paralympic Committees (NPC) of 177 countries, a ground-breaking first for a Worldwide Paralympic Partner. In addition, Toyota has been asked by the IPC to help increase awareness and promote support for the Paralympics and its Para athletes through its local business operations in each country by supporting the activities of the local NPCs. Showing its commitment to the Paralympic Movement, the Toyota-IPC partnership is strengthening the capacity building with NPCs through the NPC Development Programme. Launched in 2017 by the development arm of the IPC, the Agitos Foundation, the programme seeks to enhance organization and management capacity of developing NPCs through sharing of knowledge and best practices, thereby increasing professionalism and enabling them to obtain more support from governments, corporates and developing agencies. It also offers sport technical training to athletes, coaches and officials, all of these with the ultimate aim of creating sustainable pathways for Para athletes of all levels.

Below is a list of “Team Toyota” that will be competing in the Paralympic Winter Games

Name Country Event
Menna Fitzpatrick Great Britain Para alpine skiing
James-Barnes Miller Great Britain Para snowboard
Millie Knight Great Britain Para alpine skiing
Brett Wild Great Britain Para alpine skiing
Scott Meenagh Great Britain Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing
Hugh Nibloe Great Britain Para wheelchair curling
Mitch Gourley Australia Para alpine skiing
Daniel Jorgensen Denmark Para snowboard
Matti Suur-Hamari Finland Para snowboard
Benjamin Daviet France Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing
Maxime Montaggioni France Para snowboard
Andrea Eskau Germany Para biathlon
Taiki Morii Japan Para alpine skiing
Alexandr Gerlits Kazakhstan Para cross-country skiing
Kairat Kanafin Kazakhstan Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing
Zhanyl Baltabayeva Kazakhstan Para cross-country skiing
Han Min Su Korea Para ice hockey
Arly Velasquez Mexico Para alpine skiing
Chris Vos Netherlands Para snowboard
Amy Purdy USA Para snowboard
Evan Strong USA Para snowboard
Danelle Umstead USA Para alpine skiing
Stephanie Jallen USA Para alpine skiing
Rico Roman USA Para ice hockey
Oksana Masters USA Para cross-country skiing, Para biathlon

In addition to the above, Toyota is also supporting the Italian Para ice hockey team “Tori Seduti”.


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