New Plymouth teacher in awe of brother-in-law
New Plymouth's Katie Fraser says she is incredibly proud of her brother-in-law and Paralympic snowboarder Carl Murphy.
Murphy, formerly of Taranaki, was considered a medal prospect in Friday night's snowboard cross despite a suffering a serious leg injury just before Christmas which sidelined the below-the-knee amputee for two months.
The 34-year-old, who is married to Miss Fraser's sister Aleisha, had two fast runs to start his campaign.
But needing a big run to secure a podium finish, Murphy crashed in his third run and finished fourth.
Miss Fraser described Murphy's efforts as inspirational, despite him finishing just outside the medals.
"I've got two arms and two legs and my achievements will never come close to what he's achieved," she told the Taranaki Daily News.
"He was already a legend in my eyes and we are all very proud of him."
Miss Fraser, a teacher at New Plymouth's Central School, said her whole class had got behind Wanaka-based Murphy's campaign and she hoped it would motivate the kids to set goals for themselves.
"I've been telling them it doesn't matter who you are, if you want to do something then go out and do it."
The 30-year-old got a group of family and friends together to watch the event live expecting a top result.
"I think he deserved it, he had worked so hard for it," she said.
"It was great to see him at the start gate before the race and we started waving our flags and yelling. We were all screaming and shouting, it was nuts actually."
Miss Fraser, who hates the cold, said Murphy had his biggest challenge waiting for him when he got home - teaching her to snowboard.
"I told him, since you are now a Paralympian you can take me up on the slopes and give me a lesson."
Taranaki Daily News