German prosthetics company Ottobock have reached an agreement with Gold Coast 2018 to provide Para-athletes with equipment for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Ottobock, who will also provide equipment at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, has been named the official prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair repair provider for the Commonwealth Games, which will see 300 Para-athletes compete across seven sports.
The company, which is the longest serving partner to the Paralympic Games having started at Seoul 1988, has confirmed that there will be 25 technicians, who speak multiple languages, on-site in the Australian city.
Ottobock managing director Thomas Much 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."
Mark Peters, chief executive of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, added: "Inspiring inclusion is a key sustainability pillar for Gold Coast 2018 and we're focused on making these Games the most accessible and inclusive in history.
"Having an integrated sport programme 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 Gold Coast 2018.
"I welcome Ottobock to the Gold Coast 2018 sponsor family and know that, with their major event experience and high level of customer care, they will provide a terrific service for athletes during the Games."
The Games are scheduled to take place from April 4 to 15.