One of New Zealand's most successful tennis players has fallen through the cracks of sporting history. Madeleine Chapman tells the story of Ruia Morrison, Wimbledon quarter finalist.
Meda McKenzie's massive Cook Strait swim, Tuariki Delamere's somersault long jump, Lee Ralph's trailblazing ride to the top of the skateboarding world and more – all streaming now!
More than 30 years after he tore through the global skating world, people still remember the barefoot New Zealander with the wild red beard.
In the late 1980s, New Zealand skateboarder Lee Ralph had the world at his feet. Then he was kicked out of the US – and out of the limelight for good.
In the 1950s she was one of New Zealand's greatest athletes, representing the country in three different sports – but even then, few knew her name.
VIDEO | At the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand fell in love with English weightlifter Precious McKenzie – and vice versa. So much so that by the next games, he was lifting in a black singlet.
The Delamere Flip could have revolutionised the long jump – but unlike the high jump's Fosbury Flop, it never got off the ground.
VIDEO | Long jump is one of the oldest events in track and field, virtually the same since the first modern Olympics. Tuariki Delamere wanted to change that.
What compels someone to swim in open water for 12 hours, and what motivates them to turn around and swim the whole way back?
All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, when Scratched caught up with Joeli Vidiri.
5 million Covid vaccines on the way in major new agreement, new tourism minister confirms change in industry focus, and an outstanding outline of the current drug law mess.
In a classic case of better late than never, pioneering Māori tennis player Ruia Morrison was honoured at the 2020 ASB Classic in Auckland.
From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.
Catch up on Scratched, the Spinoff's video series celebrating New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.
The Spinoff produced four web series in 2019. Here is the cream of the crop, from a table tennis legend to on-air Brazilian wax (sorry Alex).
Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights. This month, matriarch of New Zealand football, Barbara Cox.