Ephraim Gudgeon

Ephraim Gudgeon - IFBB Pro Wheelchair

  • Name : Ephraim Gudgeon
  • Current Residence : Te Hapara, Gisborne - New Zealand
  • Birthday : December 26, 1992
  • Birthplace : Hamilton - New Zealand
  • Disability : Paraplegic
  • Injury Date : February 6, 2017
  • Type of Injury : Burst Fracture
  • Injury Level : Complete
  • Height : 5' 11" | 180.34 cm
  • Contest Weight : 154 lbs | 70 kg
  • Off-Season Weight : 165 lbs | 75 kg
  • Year Started Training : 2017
  • Favorite Exercise : Chest Flyes
  • Favorite Bodypart to Train : Chest
  • Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004196028165
  • Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ephgudge/
  • Snapchat : ephgudge58


Throughout my entire life i have been heavily involved in sports in particular swimming. I was ranked in the top 5 swimmers in New Zealand throughout all my teen years. I have always believed that with hard work comes the reward and since having my accident which put me in a wheelchair i have made goals that i am working to achieve. I have always enjoyed watching bodybuilding and training but never made a decision to compete until after my accident. I plan to become the first IFBB pro wheelchair athlete from New Zealand.


  • What happened? Why are you in the Wheelchair?

    Whilst swimming at a water fall with family i decided to jump from the waterfall. Upon hitting the water my T12 vertebra was compressed and i lost all feeling from waist down becoming paralyzed.

  • Why did you get started?

    I enjoy training and the feeling of achieving goals.

  • What made you want to compete?

    I wanted to see how far i can push my body

  • How did you go about doing it?

    Just the love of training and the feeling of normality, being in a wheelchair now things are different but when i train i feel normal.

  • What motivates you?

    My wife

  • What suggestions or tips do you have for others?

    Don't wait for the perfect day, you make the day perfect.

Contest history

• Amateur Contest History

2019 Toronto Pro SuperShow (Amateur) : 1st Place

2017 NZWBBF Nationals : 1st Place