Family finds way through disability
IT TOOK tragedy for Charmeyne Te NanaWilliams to realise her true calling in life.
Her husband, boxer Peter Williams, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a fight in 2002 which left him quadriplegic and non-verbal.
He won the fight and gained the title of New Zealand super heavyweight boxer but collapsed afterwards from a brain bleed.
The former ‘‘man’s man’’ is wheelchair bound and the pair now communicate by Williams wriggling his big toe through letters of the alphabet.
Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams Sticking together: Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams of Herne Bay and Peter Williams in 2011 with their twin daughters Leata and Safena, now 12.
Blessing in disguise: Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams, 43, was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for her work in the disability sector.