Maia Amai from Whakatane has been honored with a Courage of Sport award apart of Attitude for her achievements in Rugby.

She’s part of the wheelchair rugby team that’s collaboration between women and men part taking and Amai will hope to join the NZ national squad one day.

Amai was only 18 months old when her family vehicle lit on fire but at 26 years of age now and strength throughout the years has helped her to become a tough competitor. Her tribes are Tuhoe and Ngati Awa.

Kei roto i te hui whakataetae tohutoa Attitude tetahi wahine tawhito o Whakatane a Maia Amai e whakanui ana i tona autaiatanga ki te takaro whutuporo. Otira he wahine hauaa a Maia Amai e takaro ana i te whutuporo mo nga wahine me nga tane hauaa i te kapa whutuporo waka turu o Aotearoa. Ko ia tetahi i haere ki Poihakena i tenei tau kia takaro whutuporo. Kei te hiahia a Maia Amai kia uru atu ki te kapa o Aotearoa e haere ana ki te whakataetae Paralympics no reira taana e whakangungu ana ki whai take maana. Mai ano i tana pepetanga i whara a Maia Amai na te murara o te waka whanau e pupuri ana i a ia i tona pakeke tekau ma waru marama. Hei kona nga momo mate i pa kino ki a Maia Amai i wera kino ona kiri i waho tonu i tona kaainga i Whakatane. No muri mai te ngau ngara ki tona tuara i hauaa ai te wahine nei rua tekau ma ono tau tona pakeke aianei. He tupono na Maia Amai ki tetahi tangata e takaro whutuporo ana aa ka rata rawa ia ki tenei hakinakina kua kore te mataku kiore i tenei wahine hauaa o Tuhoe me Ngati Awa.