For a while there 2016 Paralympics golden girl Anna Grimaldi was counting her blessings she had tucked away that quantity surveying diploma, with another in construction management on the way. A rebuilding project on her career was beginning to look a distinct reality. But then along came the summer of 2020-21, a PB drought turned into a deluge for this outstanding long jumper and, before she knew it, she had taken the big leap back into the top echelon of her sport. Crisis averted – patience and perseverance winning the day. Now she is not only knocking on the door of the world record for her classification, and eyeing another gold medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo later this year (global pandemic permitting), but holding her own among the country's elite sandpit sprawlers of the able-bodied variety. The good times are rolling again for this 24-year-old Dunedin athlete, though she admits now that after spending two and a-half years working through a broken foot post-Rio, she had had her doubts. READ MORE: Anna Grimaldi sets NZ record in Christchurch as Jacko Gill beats Tom Walsh again Five medals for New Zealand at World Para Athletics Championships Paralympics gold medallist heads… Read full this story
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