William was the youngest member of the Para-Athletics team to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at only 16 years of age. In his Paralympic debut he performed beyond expectations winning two bronze medals in the Men’s T36 400m and 800m. He has always loved sport and clearly remembers watching the London 2012 Paralympics. This is where his dream started. William was so inspired by watching the Paralympics he decided he was going to become a Para-Athlete.
He started training in middle to long distance and joined an athletics club when he returned home. Over the following 2 years he attended several Paralympics New Zealand Para-Athletics Development camps. At the second camp I was encocuraged to try long jump and with it sprinting instead of longer distance. At the start of 2015 William competed at his first international event, the IPC Grand Prix in Queensland.
This followed with competing at the Oceania Championships in Cairns, winning three gold medals and one silver medal. William was thrilled to be selected for the New Zealand and competed at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, achieving three top 10 finishes.