On Saturday, The Northern Advocate reported that Daniel Gaualofa was one of sixteen young New Zealanders selected as a 2014 Variety Gold Heart Scholars. The honor comes with a NZ$5,000 scholarship to assist him in excelling in swimming.
The sixteen year old from Kerikeri on the North Island has been selected to for the New Zealand Rio Paralympics 2016 Development Squad. He made his international debut this year at the NSW Opens swimming meet in Sydney. He has also been named the Northland AWD Athlete of the year, and has been given honors by his high school.
His more immediate swimming goals including winning gold medals at the 2014 IPC Pan Pacific Championships and 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.
Attending Kerikeri High School, his principle Elizabeth Forgie is quoted by Variety – The Children’s Charity as saying, “Daniel has performed at the highest levels in the four cornerstones of balanced education at Keri Keri High School – academic, leadership with service, cultural and of course, sporting.”
Gaualofa has club feet. The scholarship money will be used to pay for his coaching, equipment, travel and accommodation costs associated with competing.