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Game: Beijing 2008

  • Jai Waite, New Zealand Paralympian

    Jai Waite #156

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    19 years ago, Jai Waite dove into a wave in Greece and hit a sandbar, becoming paralysed from the chest…
  • Terry Faleva’ai, New Zealand Paralympian

    Terry Faleva’ai #143

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    Thrower Terry attended his first Paralympic Games in Athens 2004, with an eighth placing in shot put. Four years later,…
  • Geremy Tinker, New Zealand Paralympian in Wheelchair rugby game

    Geremy Tinker #112

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    Geremy broke his neck in an under-19 club rugby match in Christchurch. During his rehab at the Burwood Spinal Unit…
  • Sholto Taylor, New Zealand Paralympian

    Sholto Taylor #111

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    As a 20-year-old Sholto Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu) was a competent sportsman. After a car accident he was left tetraplegic. Soon…
  • Liam Sanders, New Zealand Paralympian

    Liam Sanders #152

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    Liam competed at his first Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004 in Boccia. He was New Zealand’s youngest ever international…
  • Curtis Palmer, New Zealand Paralympian

    Curtis Palmer #105

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    When Curtis Palmer was 15 years old he was injured during a junior representative rugby league game and became a…
  • Henk Dijkstra, New Zealand Paralympian

    Henk Dijkstra #92

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    Henk is New Zealand's longest-serving Boccia player. Being the first New Zealand representative to compete in Boccia (alongside Paralympian #108…
  • Matthew Slade, New Zealand Paralympian on racing track

    Matthew Slade #135

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    Sprinter Matthew Slade was a household name in Canterbury athletics during the early 2000s. He represented New Zealand at three…
  • Jayne Parson , New Zealand Paralympian

    Jayne Parsons #165

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    Jayne Parsons (Taranaki) wasn’t always a sportsperson, only becoming involved in cycling when she was 44 years old when her…
  • Annaliisa Farrell and Jayne Pearson, , New Zealand Paralympian on tandem bike

    Annaliisa Farrell #161

    Thursday 30th November, 2023
    Annaliisa made her Paralympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games as a sighted pilot in Para cycling. Annaliisa and…

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