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Viv Gapes (Martin) #45

Viv Gapes, New Zealand Paralympian

Viv Gapes (nee Martin) is New Zealand’s first ever Paralympic Winter Games gold medallist. As a Para alpine skier she won a gold and 2 silver medals at the Innsbruck 1984 Paralympic Winter Games. The New Zealand Paralympic Team that competed at Innsbruck remains one of the largest winter Teams to date. 

Viv competed with her sighted guide, Mike Curzon, at the Paralympics. He was also the New Zealand team’s physiotherapist.

Viv would then repeat that triple medal haul two years later at the alpine skiing world championships in Sweden.

Today Viv is an avid walker, despite being born with ocular toxoplasmosis, an infection that caused scar tissue to cover her retinas, leaving her with very blurred vision.

Read her full story here.

Viv officially received her ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Auckland in May 2019.

Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Innsbruck 1984
  • Gold - Women's Giant Slalom B2

  • Silver - Women's Alpine Combination B2

  • Silver - Women's Downhill B2


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    Hometown: Auckland

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    Born: 17 June 1959

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    Eligible Impairment: Visually impaired

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    Games Year: Innsbruck 1984

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    Medals Won: 1 Gold, 2 Silver

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    Para Sport: Para alpine skiing

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