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Gary McMurray #103

Gary McMurray, New Zealand Paralympian in Wheelchair rugby game

Gary was a member of the highly successful Wheel Blacks wheelchair rugby team winning bronze and gold over two Paralympic Games. Gary has competed at 3 Paralympic Games – Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. When asked about the Paralympic Games Gary says “It’s the ultimate in the New Zealand Spirit…to see people creating solutions to their lives…we can focus on what can happen to a person but what is more important is how they can adapt to it…“ Gary started out in the sport of Wheelchair rugby in 1991 with a bunch of mates learning a new game. It led to Gary setting up the New Zealand wheelchair rugby structure for the domestic competition which is still used today. In his professional life Gary was part of the Laura Ferguson Trust executive team for five years taking the organisation from a team of 70 to 270 employees. Gary is now hand cycling and kept busy with 5 acres of fencing, gorse and sheep that requires his constant attention.

Gary officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Whangarei in May 2019.

Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games
  • Gold

Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
  • Bronze

Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games
  • Bronze


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