Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends

From a tennis champion to a skateboarding phenomenon, meet and celebrate the New Zealand sporting legends history has forgotten. Their stories may not be well known, but they are remarkable.

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    G In 1957, Ruia Morrison became the first New Zealand woman and first Māori to compete at Wimbledon, advancing to the quarterfinals. But while she was celebrated by the tennis world, at home in New Zealand Morrison remained largely unknown.

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      G One morning in 1978, 15-year-old Meda McKenzie got in the Cook Strait in Wellington and started swimming. Just over 12 hours later, she arrived in the South Island. It was just the first in a series of incredible long-distance swims.

      G At a US college track and field meet in 1974, New Zealand long jumper Tuariki Delamere did something that had never been done in competition before - a somersault.

      G The star of the 1990 Commonwealth Games was a young New Zealand gymnast who won gold. But Nikki Jenkins wasn't our only gymnastic champion that year - this is the story of Angela Walker, New Zealand's forgotten gold medallist.

      G From being barred from competing in apartheid-era South Africa to being embraced by his adopted country of New Zealand, Precious McKenzie's story is one of perseverance, and the importance of knowing your value.

      G New Zealand has only had a handful of double internationals, athletes who've represented the country in two different sports. But in the 1950s, Jane Tehira represented New Zealand in three - basketball, softball and hockey.

      G In the late 1980s, teenage skateboarder Lee Ralph had the world at his feet. But right when he seemed poised to start dominating the sport, he was kicked out of the US - and out of the limelight for good.