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Rodney Wright #16

Rodney Wright, New Zealand Paralympian

Rodney competed in international Para sport events in the late 60s. Upon return from one of these events in Jamaica, he held a meeting at his house of participating athletes and team support staff. It was then decided that it would be advantageous to form a national Paralympic organisation.

This was the start of the New Zealand Paraplegic & Physically Disabled Federation, the original name of Paralympics New Zealand. A few months later, Rodney was selected to compete at the Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games in Para archery and Para swimming. Rodney is a retired manufacturing jeweller and now lives in Papamoa with his wife Jocelyn.

Rodney officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Tauranga in July 2019.

Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympc Games
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