Ex-swimming champ left paralysed after daredevil jump

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A former Waikato swimming champ has been left paralysed after a daredevil jump from a waterfall went horrifically wrong.

Newlyweds Ephraim Gudgeon and his wife Arian were enjoying a road trip on Waitangi weekend, stopping at Omanawa Falls near Tauranga for a swim.

Ephraim decided to jump off the waterfall, a 35-metre plunge.

“As soon as I was in the water I couldn’t feel my legs at all, my back was real sore, it felt like my back had been bent, it was hard to breathe,” he says.

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