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Matthew Mokoroa ( Auckland)

My name is Matthew Mokoroa. I live with my Mum, Dad and my 4 brothers aged 11, 10, 7, 6 and my little sister aged 2. I am the oldest child . I had a liver transplant when I was 9 years old. I have also had hepatitis and meningitis's.

I started running when I was in Rarotonga at preschool. I usually always came 2nd place in my races at that time. I did manage to come 1st in the Rarotonga School Sporting event which included 6 schools. I came to New Zealand to have my transplant and have continued my schooling in Auckland.

I love athletics and especially enjoy running. I was selected to attend the Transplant games in Brisbane in September 2009 competing in running. My dream is to win a gold medal for myself, my family, my coach and for New Zealand. I would also like to get a gold medal for my surgeon and the nurses that have given me a 2nd chance with life. I want to show everyone that I was worth it!!!

Post script:

Matthew achieved his goal ! he attended the 2009 transplant games and won his Gold medal, plus two silver medals for good measure ...well done Matthew!!