4 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Tupou Neiufi

Name Tupou Neiufi
Sport Para swimming
Date of Birth
15 June 2001
Coach Sheldon Kemp
Resides Auckland
Occupation Student
Classification S9, SB8, SM9
Impairment (Disability)
Hypertonia (Left side hemiplegia)
Paralympian # 201 - Rio 2016


Major International Results
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 6th - Women's 100m Backstoke S9
2016 Rio Paralympic Games  7th – Women’s 100m Backstroke S9 
2016 Victorian Open Championships Silver - Women's 100m Backstroke S9
Bronze - Women's 50m Backstroke S9
2015 Victorian Open Championships Bronze - Women's 100m Backstroke S9
Bronze - Women's 50m Backstroke S9


World Rankings (as at 6 December 2017)
Women's 50m Backstroke S9 4
Women's 200m Backstroke S9 4
Women's 100m Backstroke S9 5


Tupou was first identified by Paralympics New Zealand in 2011 as part of our Para Swimming Talent Identification programme. She was then quickly selected by High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) to their ‘Pathway to Podium’ programme. This programme provides sport services and support to promising athletes, with a goal of having them ‘carded’ within 1-3 years.

2016 was a huge year for Tupou seeing her selected to the New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Team. At only 15 years of age she made her Paralympic debut in fantastic style placing 7th in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S9.

Tupou was a member of the New Zealand Paralympic team that won a stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in Rio 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).

Most recently Tupou competed at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games for the first time competing in front of huge audiences she placed 6th in the Women's 100m Backstroke S9.

Tupou trains at the Howick Pakuranga Swim Club under the guidance of her coach Sheldon Kemp.

Tupou was hit by a speeding car when she was just two years old, which has resulted in a left sided hemiplegia, meaning she has paralysis on the left side of her body. She is the eldest of seven children and she has always been driven and determined both in and out of the pool.

Favourite quote:

"BElieve in YOUrself" - Believe in yourself, but most importantly be you!


Key international events include:

Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships - 9 to 13 August 2018

About Tupou

Classification means…

Letter = represents the stroke i.e. SM is Individual Medley, S is Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle, SB is Breaststroke Number represents the athletes activity limitation. Athletes with physical impairment are numbered 1-10. A lower number indicates a more severe activity limitation than a higher number.


Major Partners

ToyatoHigh Performance Sport New Zealand

Official Partners

Adecco ACCHarvey NormanTVNZ

Community Partners

SanfordNew Zealand Chambers of Commerce
New Zealand Racing BoardPub CharityThe Lion FoundationNew Zealand Community Trust

Official Suppliers

Simpson Gierson Blue StarOceanbridge        


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