"Kia Ora, my name is Jack Lovett-Hurst. I am 21 years of age and I live with my mum Debbie, my stepdad Greg, and my dog Spencer.
I have a disability called Muscular Dystrophy. I have been in a wheelchair since I was 2 years’ old and I have had 35 operations.
I attended Waihopai School and Southland Boys’ High School. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching sport on TV, and hanging out with people. I have three stepbrothers named Nathan, Nikora and Reihana.
Throughout my life I have competed in athletics for a club called St Paul's, competed in the Special Olympics against other people with disabilities, I have done Kapa Haka, played wheelchair basketball, and competed in the Southland Festival of Running. I have also been a teacher aide at Waverly Park Primary.
I have my own radio show called Jack’s Knowledge of Sport at Radio Southland, which airs every Wednesday.
In November last year my stepdad Greg and my mum Debbie and I competed in the New York Marathon. It was the toughest thing I have ever done in my life! There were 52,000 people that competed in the New York Marathon and only 2000 finished the race.
We went with an organisation Called Achilles NZ. I completed the marathon on my hand cycle. We went to San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles. We also went to Disneyland. We were overseas for 21 days - It was a trip of a lifetime