Tupou Neiufi was hit by a car at two years old and left with a traumatic brain injury and hemiplegia, which results in one side of the body being bigger and stronger than the other side. The Spinoff spoke with the 20 year-old who grew up in Māngere East with Tongan parents. Earlier this month she was in the pool in Tokyo, competing in the 100m backstroke. She won her first Paralympic gold and the first in New Zealand’s 2020 campaign. Neiufi took up swimming at the suggestion of a doctor, who said it would be good for her physical rehabilitation.
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