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Margaret Baker

Special Olympics Hawke’s Bay is a flourishing and successful Club with excellent support from volunteers, parents, families and athletes. This is in large part due to tireless work of Margaret Baker.

Margaret has a brilliant mind for both sport and administration and has brought invaluable skills and insight to the Hawke’s Bay Club. She became involved with Special Olympics in 1985, initially as an assistant swimming coach. In the early 1990s she became the Club’s swimming Coach, a position she still holds, along with the Sports Coordinator role.
Margert introduced golf to Special Olympics Hawke’s Bay a decade ago and has nurtured athletes in the sport since then. In early 2011 she stepped into the Special Olympics New Zealand Head Golf Coach position at short notice and provided valuable training and guidance to athlete Nigel Old in his journey to the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. During the Games Margaret and Nigel were stationed at the Glyfada Golf Course, about 40 minutes away from the Games Village. She provided pastoral care and sports management during the trip, above and beyond her role as coach.
Her coaching role is but one string to her bow; it is in her administrative and managerial roles that the quality of her contribution to Special Olympics can really be measured. Margaret has a thorough knowledge of Special Olympics New Zealand’s policies and procedures and has implemented these to great effect in the Hawke’s Bay Club since she joined the committee in the early ’90s. She has successfully raised the profile of the Club, and has become an outstanding fundraiser ensuring as many of our athletes as possible are able to participate in their chosen sport without financial constraints.
Margaret takes a people-centric approach to her work. Special Olympics Hawke’s Bay’s athletes and wider community have benefited extensively from her work.
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