Hundreds of athletes with intellectual disabilities from throughout New Zealand and Australia are preparing to gather in Hamilton for next week’s (25-27 November) Special Olympics Trans Tasman Tournament.
The tournament, which includes the sports of athletics and swimming will see nearly 300 New Zealand and 120 Australian athletes of all ages and abilities competing against their peers. For many of the athletes it will be their first opportunity to compete in an international competition.
“The purpose of the Trans Tasman Tournament is to give our athletes more opportunity to compete, particulary for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to compete internationally, says Kathy Gibson, Chief Executive for Special Olympics New Zealand.
“This event is designed with the skills and abilities of all athletes top of mind, and is much shorter in duration than the Special Olympics World Games.”
The 2016 competition is the third Trans Tasman Tournament held between Special Olympics New Zealand and Australia. The inaugural Trans Tasman Tournament was held in Wellington in 2011 and included football and basketball. A subsequent event was held in Cairns in 2012 and featured athletics, basketball, ten pin bowling and football.
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