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Local athletes set to qualify for National Games

23/06/2017

Athletes with intellectual disabilities from Manawatu and surrounding regions will have their last chance to qualify for the Special Olympics National Summer Games 2017 this weekend, when Palmerston North plays host to two qualifier events.

Athletes from Special Olympics clubs will gather at the Central Energy Trust Arena to compete in basketball and indoor bowls. Around 120 athletes are expected to take part in the basketball event, and 40 players in indoor bowls.

Participating in the events will allow the athletes to qualify for the National Summer Games New Zealand’s, largest event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. 

The National Summer Games are being held in Wellington from 27 November to 1 December 2017. More than 1300 athletes from Special Olympics New Zealand’s 44 local Clubs will gather to compete in swimming, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, indoor bowls, powerlifting, and tenpin bowling, supported by over 1000 athletes.

Media are invited to attend this weekend’s events in Palmerston North.

DATES/TIMES:

Saturday 24 June

Basketball: 11am – 5pm

Indoor bowls: 10.30am – 2.30pm (Day 1 Prize giving at 2.30pm)

Sunday 25 June

            Basketball: 9.15am – 12.30pm (Prize giving at 12pm)

Indoor bowls: 9am – 12pm (Day 2 Prize giving at

LOCATION: Central Energy Trust Arena, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North 

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