Blasting onto the world stage at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Liam Malone took New Zealand sport by storm. A relative unknown, he excelled at the highest level and became a household name. Sophie Pascoe, already a well-known disabled athlete within Paralympian swimming, is now recognised as one of New Zealand’s best known and successful athletes.
So what has set them apart? The most obvious answer for many is that they are Paralympians, disabled, and therefore different.
However, it’s not that simple.
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