2013 Deaflympics athletes from New Zealand

At the 2013 Sofia Deaflympics in Bulgaria, New Zealand will be sending three representatives to compete in three separate sports. This will be one of New Zealand’s smallest teams ever at the Deaflympics, BUT it is not the size of the team that matters… it is the potential that we have in this team.

santanachapmanName: Santana Chapman

Age: 15
Hometown: Waikanae Beach, Kapiti Coast
  • Santana is a student at Kapiti College, and she loves snow skiing, horse riding, dancing and arts. She also loves the outdoors, and listening to R&B, and hip hop music
Swim Events Competing at 2013 Deaflympics:
  • 50 free
  • 50 fly
  • 50 breast
  • 100 free
  • 200 free
  • To develop my swimming at the highest level in representing NZ and the Deaf community
  • To be a role model to inspire other Deaf youth
You can view Santana’s Profile on: https://www.facebook.com/TeamSantanaChapman

Talor GilmerName: Talor Gilmer

Age: 19
Hometown: Wellington
  • Talor is a Commerce student at Victoria University Wellington. He has been running competitively for over 5 years now and this will be his first Deaflympics (hopefully the first of many). He has had various success in Track and Field in his career, with the best highlight coming 7th in the Mens U20 1500m title in the 2012 New Zealand Track and Field Championships. In his spare time he likes to dabble in more sports! Varying from soccer to tennis to mountain biking. Sport is in his blood. He is also a big coffee fan… his sign name is actually ‘Coffee’! So he is never found far from a cafe!
Athletic Events Competing at 2013 Deaflympics:
  • 800m run
  • 1500m run

DSC_06711-212x300Name: Daniel Carruthers

Hometown: Hangzhou, China

  • Daniel is originally from Dunedin, but is now living in Hangzhou, China. Since 1997, he has spent most of his time abroad living in various countries including Israel, St Helena, China and the United States. Returning to NZ from 2004 to 2008.
  • He has several degrees, all are from Otago University:  Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management/design (1995), Diploma of Tourism (1997), Bachelor of Arts in Chinese (2004), Master of Tourism (2007). Now enrolled in a PHD program at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China where he will be looking at sports tourism.

Cycling Events Competing at the 2013 Deaflympics:

  • 1000m sprint
  • Individual time trial
  • Individual road race
  • Points race

You can check out Daniel’s blog at: http://danielcarruthers.com


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