Manawanui is proud to have sponsored the Emerging Athletes category of this year’s attitude awards. Congratulations Tupou Seini Neiufi for winning the Emerging Athlete Award. You can get to know Tupou and the other finalists below.
Tupou Seini Neiufi
Tupou Seini Neiufi was hit by a speeding car at the age of two, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury and caused hemiplegia or paralysis to her left side. Her family was warned she may never regain any mobility. But Tupou has well and truly proven the doctors wrong. Tupou began swimming as a form of physiotherapy, but the sport has become a passion. She is now a world-class swimmer who made race finals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Since racing at the Games, her enthusiasm for the sport has grown and she plans to win medals next time.
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Swimmer Chris Arbuthnott is racking up personal achievements in the pool, including breaking the one minute mark in the 100m freestyle in last year’s NZ short-course champs, winning his first international medal in the Victoria open champs and personal bests at the Berlin para-swimming competition this year. Chris was born without his right arm below the elbow, and his ultimate aim is to make it to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Outside of sport Chris is a high achiever academically. Currently still at high school, he has plans to become a sports psychologist, hoping to eventually help the next generation of athletes who live with disability to achieve their dreams.
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Guy Harrison was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of 3. The first sport he got involved in was golf when he was just five-years-old as his doctor recommended it as the twisting movements would aid his mobility. He now has an impressive handicap of 11! He was invited to join the Hawke’s Bay Junior Golf Academy and now represents Hawke’s Bay at events. His ultimate sporting goal is to represent NZ at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in his other passion – middle distance running. Guy holds the NZ Men’s Open Para 1500m and 800m records, something he ranks as the highlights of his running career so far.
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