Paralympian silver medallist Corey Peters says his positive attitude has helped him excel in the demanding sport.
Peters, who won his medal in the giant slalom sitting event, at the Sochi games, was honoured with a special ceremony at Sport Taranaki yesterday.
Sport Taranaki chief executive Howie Tamati presented Peters with a greenstone adze, an ancient type of cutting and carving tool, and a framed photograph of him with his medal in Sochi, along with a montage of action shots.
"This was made for warriors, wear this with pride," Tamati said.
He said Peters winning the medal after only 2 years in the sport was an amazing achievement. "It speaks volumes of him as an athlete."
Peters, who was paralysed in a motocross accident in 2009, said he believed everything happened for a reason.
"At the time of the accident you don't see it that way, but it's all in the way you adapt to the challenges you face; you have got to make the most of a bad situation.
"It's what you do with it that makes the difference."
He was sponsored by the Taranaki Elite Athlete Foundation, made up of the New Plymouth District Council and TSB Community Trust, whose manager Maria Ramsay said it was a fantastic result considering Peters' limited time in the sport.
"Given that bit more time and experience I look forward to seeing what he can achieve in Korea," she said.
Peters had been made an honorary ambassador for the district by the NPDC before he left for Sochi.
Mayor Andrew Judd said it was humbling to be in Peters' presence.
"We are so proud of you, mate."
Peters said it was an expensive sport and he was grateful for the funding he had received.
"It was an honour to be able to represent the country and Taranaki and all of my friends and myself," he said. "There is more to come - this is only the beginning, hopefully we will bring home another couple from Korea."
Tamati said Peters would get a special spot on Sport Taranaki's Olympic wall.
- Taranaki Daily News
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