Toyota Ambassador, Michael Milton, has officially been announced as part of
the Australian Paralympic Team competing at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Toyota Manager of Events and Promotions, Wayne Gabriel, said he is
delighted to see Michael officially announced as part of the team and said
that he was one of many Paralympic Athletes that embodied many of Toyota's
"Michael's passion for excellence and continuous improvement has made
Toyota and the rest of Australia very proud," Wayne said.
"He has been an excellent Ambassador for our brand, assisting us with the
promotion of a number of our sponsorships including National Tree Day and
the Australian Paralympic Committee and he has been an enthusiastic
motivational speaker for our staff," he said.
This is Michael's sixth Paralympic Games, but his first as a Summer
Athlete. He joins 169 other Paralympic Athletes in the quest for gold,
including 27 Athleteswho were discovered through the Toyota Paralympic
Talent Search Program.
A total of 992 people have participated in the Talent Search Program since
it was launched in March 2005, with its success underlined by those 27
athletes who have already earned selection in the 2008 Team.
"Toyota has been delighted to support the Toyota Paralympic Talent Search
Days, which have played an important role in uncovering talent for this
Paralympic Games and beyond," Wayne said.
"It's fantastic to reach out to potential athletes in their home towns -
many in rural and regional areas. Many of these athletes may have gone
undiscovered without this grassroots initiative," he said.
To-date, the Australian Paralympic Team has won 906 medals from previous
Paralympic competition. They are hoping to reach a total of 1,000 medals in
The Australian Paralympic Team will depart for Beijing on 1 September ahead
of the Beijing Paralympic Games opening ceremony on 6 September. In all,
there will be 472 medals on offer.
The Toyota Paralympic Talent Search Days are just one way that Toyota
supports its local communities.
Other initiatives include the Toyota Good for Footy program, which
supports grassroots football in Victoria and Southern New South Wales, and
the Toyota Community Spirit program which works with organisations
including Australia Business Arts Foundation and Conservation Volunteers
Australia and National Tree Day.
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