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Athletes head home from National Summer Games


More than 1250 athletes with intellectual disabilities are heading home from their pinnacle sporting event – the Special Olympics National Summer Games 2017, which finished in Wellington today.

The event concluded with a Closing Ceremony at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua, where athletes celebrated their achievements throughout the week. Over the course of the event (27 November to 1 December 2017) athletes competed in 11 sports - swimming, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, indoor bowls, powerlifting, table tennis and tenpin bowling, at venues in Wellington and surrounding areas.

“This has been the most amazing week in Wellington. Our athletes have achieved some outstanding results and the looks on their faces regarding their experiences in the capital say it all,” said Chief Executive for Special Olympics New Zealand, Kathy Gibson.

“We have been supported by the most incredible sponsors and we cannot thank them enough. From the Sport NZ, Datacom and FMG corporate volunteers through to the suppliers of our horses, Lions and Rotary members and our wonderful team of volunteer clinicians, the generosity of the support has been so much more than we expected.

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