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Temu Junior Mokotupu seeks future New Zealand wheelchair boxers

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Temu Junior Mokotupu is seeking future New Zealand wheelchair boxers.  They are encouraging any interested participants to get in touch with them about the NZ Wheeled Warriors Boxing Organisation, and are offering training in the sport.

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One of the first New Zealand wheelchair boxer to take part in an organized fight was heavyweight Temu Mokotupu, who has been active in the sport since 2013.  Mokotupu is a C7T1 Incomplete Paraplegic who weighs 120 kg / 264 lbs.

Wheelchair boxing started to really take off in the wheelchair sport community in the late 2000s and early 2010s in places like Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Philippines.  It originally started in gyms and clubs as a way for wheelchair users to get aerobic exercise, but has since advanced to exist as a sport in its own right.

There have been organized fights, and there has been movement to get the sport integrated in with national and regional boxing federations or to create wheelchair boxing specific organizations.  One of the most high-profile fights to date took place between Paul Robinson and Phil Bousfield in December 2015.  Fights are based on type and level of disability, gender and weight.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 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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