John da Silva
11 June 1934|
Pukekohe, New Zealand
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||John Walter da Silva
He represented New Zealand in wrestling at the 1956 Olympics and at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. In 1955 he held both the New Zealand Heavyweight Wrestling title and the Auckland Heavyweight Boxing title. His family was of a mixed race, being Portuguese, African, English and French Tahitian.
An amateur from 1953, he turned professional after the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. He wrestled throughout New Zealand and around the world. He retired in 1977, and subsequently worked with disadvantaged youth. He was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for community service in the 1994 New Year Honours.
Championships and accomplishments
- All Star Pro Wrestling
- "John da Silva". Wrestlingdata.com. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- www.yare.co.nz. "read the profile of NZ wrestling legend John Da Silva - Kiwi Pro Wrestling".
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 53528, 30 December 1993; retrieved 9 January 2013.
- Adams, Yvette (2005). More than meets the eye: a true story based on the life and times of the best blind wrestler the world has ever seen. Yvette Adams. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-9757770-0-8.
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