Dunedinites urged to welcome Hall home

Otago skier Adam Hall at Auckland Airport yesterday with the gold and bronze medals he won at the Winter Paralympics in South Korea. Photo: Getty Images
Otago skier Adam Hall at Auckland Airport yesterday with the gold and bronze medals he won at the Winter Paralympics in South Korea. Photo: Getty Images
Dunedin residents are being encouraged to turn out and welcome home Paralympic gold and bronze medallist Adam Hall tonight.

Hall, who won gold in the men's slalom and bronze in the super combined at this month's Winter Paralympics in the South Korean city of PyeongChang is scheduled to arrive at Dunedin Airport at 6.45pm.

His victory in the men's slalom in PyeongChang came eight years after he won gold in the same event in Vancouver.

Hall spends much of his time in Wanaka, but also lives in in Dunedin periodically.

He was born and grew up in Dunedin and retains strong connections to the city.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said Dunedin and the wider Otago region was immensely proud of Hall's achievements, on and off the slopes.

''As well as the medals, Adam also received the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award in PyeongChang. The award is presented to one male and one female athlete at each Paralympics who best exemplify the spirit of the Games,'' Cull said.

''This shows that not only is Adam a remarkably talented athlete, he's a remarkable human being.''

A lone piper from the City of Dunedin Pipe Band will greet Hall off his flight, and Cr Christine Garey will deliver a congratulatory speech.

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