Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is a charitable organisation that prepares and leads Kiwi teams to international competitions and the Paralympic Games. It encourages those living with disabilities to participate in sports at all levels. At the moment, it's launching the team's "One year to go" to the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics with a campaign to help raise funds and to increase interest in Parasport.
Because PNZ has supported me every step of the way, and made it possible for me to compete for and win Paralympic medals. I started my swimming career at the age of 11. To be able to do what you love every day and help inspire people to achieve their goals is a pretty incredible feeling.
Being confident in yourself and your actions. And a good smile!
I feel beautiful when I am around the people who love and support me. But I do love putting on a beautiful dress – I spend most of my time in sportswear, so it makes a nice change!
I'm inspired by seeing people achieve their goals. It motivates me to keep pushing myself and not give up.
First and foremost, my family and friends. I love spending as much time with them as I can with my busy schedule. Also, knowing that your work and dedication has paid off is an amazing feeling.
Acceptance. Everyone is different in this world and that's what makes it special. We should be celebrating that, instead of making judgments of others.
My mother and nana. I'm proud to be their daughter and granddaughter, and I hope when I have my own kids, they feel the same way about me.