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Thousands to gather in Wellington for Special Olympics National Games


New Zealand’s biggest event for athletes with intellectual disabilities is being staged in the greater Wellington region in November, bringing thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters to the region.

Around 1300 athletes will compete in swimming, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, indoor bowls, powerlifting, and tenpin bowling at venues in the greater Wellington region. They will be supported by thousands more coaches, management staff, volunteers and friends and family.

Special Olympics New Zealand’s 44 Clubs are all volunteer run and rely on donations and corporate support to provide their year-long training and competition programmes to athletes.

“It’s important to us that we can provide sports training and competition opportunities to athletes with intellectual disabilities at minimal cost,” says Kathy Gibson, Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics New Zealand.  

“We charge no entry fees for our events, and our Clubs fundraise and build partnerships with local business to meet their costs. The feedback we get from businesses involved with Special Olympics is that the partnerships are also beneficial to their businesses, improving staff morale and increasing the credibility of their organisation.”

Kathy said that as well as financial support, Special Olympics New Zealand is also always looking for corporate volunteers, for both individual events and ongoing involvement.

“At the National Summer Games alone we have more than 1000 local volunteers on the ground assisting our events team and ensuring our athletes have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

To find out more about getting involved with Special Olympics New Zealand contact Angela Day, 027 297 7006.

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