New Zealand Paralympics bronze medallist Rory McSweeney reveals battle with depression
New Zealand Paralympics star Rory McSweeney has revealed he battled depression during "a crazy journey" towards his Rio bronze medal.
McSweeney has been part of the Kiwi medal rush in Rio, taking third in the men's T42-44 javelin with a throw of 57.32m at his first Paralympics.
The Dunedin 31-year-old posted an emotional message on his Facebook page on Thursday, thanking fans for their support and revealing the mental struggles he had endured over the past 10 years.
"Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone for the amazing support that I have been receiving. It really has been incredibly touching and has made my moment of glory so very special," McSweeney said.