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Our Athlete Leaders: Shonagh Clarke

14/03/2017

Shonagh-Clark.jpgDecades of leadership in Southland 

Southland ten pin bowling athlete Shonagh Clarke knows a thing or two about being an athlete leader – she’s been involved with Special Olympics Southland at a leadership level for around 30 years!

Fifty year-old Shonagh first joined the Southland Club around 1986, initially competing in indoor bowls, athletics and swimming, followed by rowing and skiing. She’s been involved with ten pin bowling since 1988 and now assists with scoring as well as helping out at the Club’s weekly training session.

A strong competitor, Shonagh attended the World Summer Games held at Saint Paul & Minneapolis in 1991 as member of the ten pin team, winning a silver medal in the team’s event and bronze in the singles. In 2013 she was also part of the team that attended the Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle, Australia, gaining silver in the team’s event, and has competed at several national and regional events.

Alongside her training Shonagh was the athlete representative on Special Olympics Southland Committee for around ten years from 1992-2002, and has been the ten pin representative on the athletes’ sub-committee since it was formed in 2010. She has helped write up minutes and often writes get well and sympathy cards on behalf of the Southland athletes. A ten pin ball that she was given at the St Paul & Minneapolis Games is now named the Shonagh Clarke Trophy and is awarded to Southland athletes for dedication and sportsmanship.

“I really enjoy Special Olympics because of the new people you meet and the new friends I have made,” Shonagh says. “The highlight has been travelling, attending World Games and representing New Zealand overseas.”

Outside of Special Olympics Shonagh enjoys embroidery and going out for meals, and has recently celebrated 20 years of employment as a Mail Clerk with SBS Bank!


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