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Becoming NZ's first Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilder

Cause page created in the Sports category by Ephraim Gudgeon

  • $650.00 donated
  • 15 generous donors

I'm raising funds to help fly to Canada and compete on the world Wheelchair Bodybuilding stage against athletes from around the world.

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In early 2017 i had an accident which left me paralyzed from the waist down. I was swimming at a waterfall with family and decided to jump off the waterfall. Upon hitting the water, the impact fractured my T12 vertabrae and as a result i injured my spinal cord. I was hospitalized for 3 months and went to the Auckland NZ spinal unit where i underwent rehab for getting use to life in a wheelchair. With the help of my loving wife and family i was able to remain happy despite the change of circumstances.

Being involved in sports my entire life, competing at the Division 1 NZ swimming nationals, the NZ national hip hop dance competition and other sports competitions as a teenager, i still wanted to compete in at an elite level. I thought about getting back into swimming to compete at the Paralympics and even thought about Wheelchair Rugby. However, i have always followed bodybuilding and even thought about competing before my accident. I came across Wheelchair Bodybuilding whilst in the Spinal Unit and wondered if they had it in NZ. I done some research and found that they do.

Two years on since my accident and i won the New Zealand Wheelchair Bodybuilding Federation (NZWBBF) nationals at the end of 2017, just 9 months after my accident. And in 2018 i won the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association (NABBA) East Coast regional Champs. None of this would have been possible without the help of my wife who helps me train, prepare my meals, and everything else.

I have a goal of becoming the first Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilder from New Zealand. On May the 31st there is a competition in Toronto, Canada and the winner earns Pro status. My wife and i will both be flying over as i need help with all my needs that come with being in a wheelchair, but flights are not cheap from NZ to Canada so i need a helping hand. The whole trip including flights, accommodation etc will cost around 10,000. I am raising funds to help pay for these flights as well as accommodation whilst there in Toronto.

I'm currently training twice a day, dieting and working hard with the goal in mind of representing my country, winning this competition and becoming the first Wheelchair Bodybuilder from NZ with "Pro status". Any help from anyone would be hugely appreciated by both myself and my wife.

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All funds raised will go towards mine and my wife's flights to Canada for the competition as well accommodation whilst we are there as i need help with all my needs that come from being paralyzed.

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Ephraim Gudgeon


Kia ora my name is Ephraim Gudgeon. I am 24 years old, born and raised in Hamilton, NZ. Throughout my life i have been heavily involved in physical activity having competed at a national level in swimming, an international level in hip hop dance and even lived for 2 years in Ghana, West Africa sharing with other people my beliefs and inviting them to take part. In August 2016 i married my now wife who has been a constant support to me physically, mentally and spiritually. In February 2017 i jumped off a waterfall and lost the use of my legs from the waist down. I know this is only a trial in my life that i need to overcome and look forward to walking again.

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Ephraim Gudgeon.

“Keep doing amazing & inspiring work guys!! Much love V & S 👌🏽💪🏾✊🏽💫”
“Proud of yr achievements and will to move forward, love you Son”
“We'll tautoko that. Love your spirit Ephraim!”
“All the best. You're a true inspiration.”
“Best Wishes!!!”
“Smash it my bro. Proud of you and thank you for the inspiration”
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This cause page was created on 05 Mar 2019 and closes at 23:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 28 May 2019.

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