ParalympicsGB have held a team launch in Manchester prior to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics ©ParalympicsGB

ParalympicsGB have held an official team launch as they build towards Pyeongchang 2018. 

The event in Manchester brought together the 17-athlete squad for the first time, with the next time they all meet set to be at the Games, due to take place between March 9 and 18. 

The squad includes wheelchair curlers Gregor Ewan, Angie Malone, Robert McPherson, Aileen Neilson and Hugh Nibloe.

They were joined by para-skiers Christ Lloyd and James Whitley, along with Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild.

Menna Fitzpatrick and Kelly Gallagher will also compete at the Games, with their guides Jennifer Kehoe and Gary Smith, respectively.

The team is completed by snowboarders Owen Pick, Ben Moore and James Barnes-Miller and Nordic skier Scott Meenagh, who was confirmed on the squad earlier this week.

ParalympicsGB formal wear for Pyeongchang 2018 was unveiled at the event in Manchester ©ParalympicsGB
ParalympicsGB formal wear for Pyeongchang 2018 was unveiled at the event in Manchester ©ParalympicsGB

The launch event featured a gala dinner, hosted by Ade Adepitan, an Athens 2004 men’s wheelchair basketball bronze medallist and television presenter.

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham and Manchester Central Member of Parliament Lucy Powell were among the dignitiaries in attendance at the event.

Speakers included British Paralympic Association chair Nick Webborn, ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe and Olympic hockey gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh.

The launch event also saw the unveiling of this year’s ParalympicsGB formal wear designed by ASOS in a continuation of the partnership with the British Paralympic Association.

The partnership began prior to Rio 2016. 

The formal wear is one of three outfits in a range designed by ASOS, which also includes a number of premium heritage pieces with bespoke branding.

They have also created the team’s Opening and Closing Ceremony wear.