Navy electronic technician Ihaka Matairangi walked away from the Invictus Games with a bronze medal, a meeting with Prince Harry and a greater appreciation for life.
The games is a parasport event for the wounded, sick and injured armed service personnel and their veterans and Mr Matairangi became eligible after battling cancer in 2007.
Since being in remission the former St Johns College student entered the archery event for the first time this year, competing in Toronto, Canada, after being in the Royal New Zealand Navy for 15 years.
Despite archery not being his first choice it shortly became his passion and he now considers himself an “archer for life”.
Photo: Ihaka Matairangi competes in archery at Fort York, Toronto during the 2017 Invictus Games
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Posted: 11 October 2017