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TUIMASEVE Ben
Sport Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthAuckland, NZL
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F37
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Logistics
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in late 2016.
Why this sport?
"[It was a] new adventure to learn something new, become healthier and see if I had potential to make it to the top."
Club / Team
Papakura Athletic and Harrier Club: Auckland, NZL
Name of coach
John Eden [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
Oceania Championships
Location
Townsville, QLD, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Benza ["After my cousin called me this, I performed under this alias a few times as a casual singer and rapper, and then it just stuck and everyone calls me it"]. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 26 Apr 2020)
Hobbies
Dancing, singing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected for the New Zealand national team. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Difference is the challenge but ultimately the blessing." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in Para rugby through the Physical Disability Rugby League New Zealand [PDRL] competition. He has also represented New Zealand in PDRL, and took part in the 2018 Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championships in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (canterburyrugbyleague.co.nz, 07 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was born with left-sided hemiplegia. (attitudelive.com, 25 Jun 2019)
Other information
PARA RUGBY
He has represented New Zealand in Para rugby, known as Physical Disability Rugby League [PDRL]. In 2017 he took part in an international 'All Star' tournament against an Australian team. "In Sydney, someone created and grew a [rugby] league competition for people with physical disabilities. They also made an All Stars game concept where once a year the New South Wales [Australian] All Stars play the Indigenous [New Zealand] All Stars and [I was] lucky enough to be invited to play in the Indigenous side. The experience was fulfilling on a lot of levels and what I felt I needed personally. I have always wanted to put on a league jersey like my old man [father] and family, to work alongside other people with disabilities and feel the physical pain after a game." (thecoconet.tv, 01 Jan 2018; canterburyrugbyleague.co.nz, 07 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2019 Shot Put F37 12.08