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New Zealand powerchair football player Tony Flutey dies

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Last Sunday, Auckland Powerchair Football Club Inc.  reported that New Zealand powerchair football player  Tony Flutey had died.

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Flutey was a member of Canterbury Powerchair Football that is affiliated with ParaFed Canterbury. He was selected as part of the 2013 New Zealand national team that competed at the Australian Powerchair Football Association Nationals.  That year, he was one of three nominees for the ParaFed Canterbury ParaFed Powerchair Football Club Award alongside teammates Melissa Counihan and  Luke Alderton.

 

Flutey was a tetraplegic as a result of an accident that broke his neck when was 26-years-old and working as a painter on scaffolding at Christchurch Hospital.  Outside of football, he was a painter who used his mouth to move his brush, and a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.  In 2010, he had his work shown as part of a traveling exhibition.  That year, he also had a scholarship from the  Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists that enabled him to seriously pursue his art.

 

Auckland Powerchair Football Club Inc. said of his passing, “those of you who were at the Training camp we had in 2013 will remember Tony he was a nice guy always joking around and a good player as well, our condolence’s go out to Tony,s family and of course to the Canterbury Powerchair Football Club who have lost a great player and team mate.”

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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