Karim Rostami
 
As an 18-year-old Karim Rostami fled from Afghanistan and the Taliban and sought asylum in New Zealand. He had no English, no friends, no money and also had to deal with polio which he had been inflicted with since infancy and had to learn to walk. He overcame those disadvantages and made a life for himself in Auckland. Karim swam the 2.9 kilometre Harbour Crossing State Ocean Swim series in Auckland without using his legs, which he ties together for the swim, and is planning other ocean swims. He is the General Manager of Delicious Holdings Ltd, with a café and catering business success story too!