Jim Savage OBE #14
|Date of Birth||1 July 1936|
Former Pongakawa School pupil, diagnosed with polio in his early 20s, Jim started wheelchair sport in 1966. Jim was a member of New Zealand’s very first Paralympic Games Team competing at the Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games. He went onto represent New Zealand again at 3 following Paralympic Games in Para archery, Para athletics and Para table tennis. He won 2 bronze medals in Men’s Shot Put in 1972 and 1976. Jim has also been a lifelong volunteer and community servant: he taught St John’s in Kawerau, raised money for cancer charities, served as a town councillor, he was the first life member of Parafed Bay of Plenty and founded the Kawerau Paraplegic Association and the Friendly Games. Jim was awarded a Paralympics New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 for his outstanding services to Paralympic sport. A feature story on Jim Savage can be found here.
Jim officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Tauranga in July 2019.
|1976||Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games||Bronze Men's Shot Put 3|
|1972||Heidelberg 1972 Paralympic Games||Bronze Men's Shot Put 3|