Original Artwork: Fearless
Pastel on Paper | 2018
Size: 66cm x 45cm
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Winner: Joondalup Community Art Prize | People's Choice Award
For 20 years I watched on as Simon charged down sheets of ice at speeds more than 100km/h. The life of a professional skier is one of focus, drive, commitment, and talent. They have a near-insane desire to push through the accepted limits of endurance, strength and wage war against physics and her laws.
Simon represented New Zealand at 4 Olympic Games.
“I was a go-getter and a do-er, I knew what I wanted to do, as far as an athlete. An Olympian when I just turned 17. I had a mindset to compete at the highest level and do my personal best.”
In a 2017 interview, Simon recalls how his presence as a proud Maori athlete competing at the highest level made him an icon for Maori social change in New Zealand:
I was taught to ski by my nephew Simon.
He took me to the top of Mt. Ruapehu and said “meet you at the bottom” and disappeared over what looked to me like a cliff.
It took almost seven hours before I finally saw him again at the carpark at the bottom of the mountain.
Bruised, exhausted and cold, Simon looked and me, smiled and said: