Face of the day


Samuel Gibson. Source: Supplied to ONE News

Today’s face of the day Samuel Gibson, died yesterday after suffering an injury while competing in a half marathon. He was fundraising for a New Zealand child named Ryuki who shared his brittle bone disorder. Mr Gibson did not let his osteogenesis imperfecta stop him from becoming an entrepreneur, inventor, speaker, world traveler or from making a difference for others.

In a video he described himself as just an average Kiwi bloke and he certainly was living the Kiwi dream with a wife, kids, a mortgage, a great job and his own business as well. He was an inspiring Kiwi who didn’t think of himself as inspiring but who also didn’t think much about his disability. He focussed on controlling what he could control and said that you can always find a way to get what you want.


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  • Usaywot

    RIP Samuel. You were a true inspiration, a New Zealand hero , a legend. Deepest sympathy to your family.

  • Huia

    What an inspirational man.
    A man who’s life was not easy, but he never let that stop him. His wheelchair didn’t suit his needs, so he designed a new one and had that built, others in his position now benefit from that.
    What a positive, motivational man.
    Last night after seeing Samuel on TV, I couldn’t help comparing him to the people the Political left keep rolling out to whinge and whine via the media, I want, I blame, I demand, without any effort from themselves, the contrast to him making the most of what he had is incredible and make their demands look even more pathetic.
    Samuel lived a bigger life than most of us and the world is a better place because of people with his positivity and can do attitude .
    A good Kiwi bloke.
    Condolences to his beloved and loving family.

  • Quinton Hogg

    An inspring bloke.
    Didn’t let his health issues get in the way of giving things a go.
    Via con dios Samuel.

  • gerard

    Samuel to my mind was about 2 metres tall and had the heart of a lion. RIP.

  • Paul Marsden

    A brilliant example of a fine human being, from whom we could all learn so much. RIP

  • Oh Please

    Every day you hear of bludgers and entitlers, people who expect something for nothing, those who contribute nothing to society. Then you come across a giant of a man like this. His story should be compulsory reading at school. RIP, big fella.