Dale Smit and Prime Minister John Key.
Dale Smit is a runner who has been involved in Special Olympics for more than 10 years. He has competed in two Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games, winning five gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Dale represented New Zealand at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai where he won a gold medal in the 10km event and a bronze medal in the half-marathon.
Dale also likes cycling and duathlons. In addition to running with Special Olympics, he runs with the local Harrier Club. Outside of sport, Dale likes to build model airplanes.
Dale works full time for Aotearoa Seafoods. He has also worked for Riding for the Disabled and has done role model visits to local schools.
Dale became a Global Messenger because he wants to help people understand more about Special Olympics. He wants to help change people’s attitudes to be more supportive towards people with intellectual disabilities and he would like to show others about the sportsmanship and the fun athletes have in Special Olympics.
He says the main reason he became a Global Messenger was to help people and to talk to people about Special Olympics.