Fraser Sharp #207
|Date of Birth||15 August 1976|
|Health condition||Traumatic brain injury|
The Tauranga resident considers sport as a lifeline and a therapy that keeps him positive. After a near-death accident caused by a motorist in 1993, Fraser was not expected to survive by doctors and others. However, by living with the motto of “everything is possible“, he keeps proving doubters wrong.
Fraser loves triathlon, cycling and many other sports. He has passionately participated in a number of international competitions at a high level.
It was December 2013 that first considered pursuing Para cycling in order to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
During the 2014 UCI Para Cycling Road World Cup in Cantimpalos, he finished an admirable 10th place in the Time Trial category.
In April 2015, he won the 16.6km Time Trial and was third in the 70.6km Road Race at the 2015 Cycling Australia Para cycling event in Adelaide. A week later, the Para cyclist won the 25km Time Trial in the Cycling National Championships in Napier.
At the 2015 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships Fraser joined the New Zealand Para Cycling team and finished 10th in Men’s C3 Time Trial and 11th Men’s C3 Road Race.
Fraser continued his journey as he was called up to the New Zealand Paralympic Team only two weeks prior to competition beginning. With the exclusion of all Russian Para athletes from Rio due to doping allegations a slot became available. In September 2016 Fraser made his Paralympic debut. He was part of a stand out team of 31 Paralympians. The Team secured a stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists – 9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze – beating its pre-Games target of 18 medals by 3 medals. The team finished 1st in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th). Fraser competed in the road racing with great passion and commitment placing 8th in the Men’s C3 Road Time Trial.
Fraser officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Hamilton in June 2019.
|2016||Rio Paralympic Games||8th – Men’s C3 Road Time Trial
11th - Men's Road Race C1-3