Dunedin man Christopher Tavite holds aloft the trophy he
received in Wellington this week. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Winning a gold medal in the Special Olympics and selling
one of his paintings are among the achievements of Dunedin man
Christopher Tavite, who has received a national award.
The 24-year-old was one of three people to receive a New
Zealand Down Syndrome Association national achievement award
this week, in Wellington, from Disability Issues Minister
His mother, Vivienne, said Mr Tavite competed in
power-lifting in the Special Olympics last November in
He won a gold medal and two bronze medals for individual
events, as well as an overall bronze.
He also qualified for the games in swimming, but had to
choose one event.
He is also active in karate, and his week is filled with
sport and other activities.
Mrs Tavite said the Special Olympics were held just two weeks
after the death of his father, Koni Tavite, and to take part
in them showed her son's positivity and spirit.
A keen artist, he sold a self-portrait painting last year for
He received the award on Tuesday at Parliament. Today is
World Down Syndrome Day.