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Ex-swimming champ left paralysed after daredevil jump | Newshub

Posted by | July 15, 2017 | Swimmers

Ephraim Gudgeon just wanted to for a swim. Credits: The HuiA 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.The Omanawa Falls Park was closed last year due to safety concerns, but continues to be a drawcard for visitors. Like countless others Mr Gudgeon ignored the signs, walking around barricades to swim in the idyllic falls made popular on YouTube.”I knew it was dangerous, yeah. I don’t know – you think you’re all-that and the man, something as simple as that can change your whole life.”

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