The following is excerpted from LDS Living. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

When Tupou Neiufi was just 2 years old, she was injured by a hit-and-run driver, leaving her with paralysis down the left side of her body and a traumatic brain injury that forced her to learn how to sit, walk and use her arms all over again. After years of therapy, one of her therapists suggested swimming as a way to strengthen her muscles and coordination.

That suggestion turned out to be a life changing one for Tupou. And now, at the age of 20, she is taking home a gold medal for her home country of New Zealand in the 100-meter S8 backstroke.

Tupou credits her family’s support for helping her succeed throughout her swimming career. “They just want to see me try my best,” she told Tearaway New Zealand

To read the full article, CLICK HERE.