Allianz announces Australian ‘Steelers’ partnership

Allianz Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) have strengthened their partnership by announcing additional support for the Australian ‘Steelers’, the world number one wheelchair rugby team.

Allianz Australia Diversity and Inclusion Manager Charis Martin-Ross said the Steelers partnership was another example of Allianz’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, building on its seven-year partnership with the APC and sponsorship of the recent Commonwealth Games and of Para-athletes Madison de Rozario and Nic Beveridge as Allianz Ambassadors.

“The Steelers are great role models for all Australians and Allianz is proud to invest in partnerships that reflect inclusivity, inspiration and innovation,” Martin-Ross said.

“All of the players have overcome huge adversity in their lives and are now tackling one of the toughest sports in the world – and becoming the world champions in the process.

“The team is incredibly generous with their time in helping inspire other Australians with disabilities, especially in their early days in hospital. We’re proud to support them and wish them all the success at the upcoming Wheelchair Rugby World Championships.”

APC Chief Executive Officer Lynne Anderson said Allianz continues to hold a special and important place within the global Para-sport family.

“We are very proud of our enduring relationship with Allianz and we are excited about what the next phase of our partnership can deliver for Australian wheelchair rugby,” Anderson said. “As custodians of the Australian Steelers, we know that their stories resonate with Australian audiences and we are delighted that this announcement will provide a real boost just in time for this year’s World Championships and the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020.”

Allianz’s support will contribute to the APC’s delivery of training programs and facilities, medical equipment, marketing and travel needs in the lead up to the 2018 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships at Sydney Olympic Park from 5-10 August.

The six-day event will showcase one of the world’s toughest sports and see the Steelers compete with 11 other countries in an attempt to become the first host nation to win the championship.