Fiona Strong and Prime Minister John Key.
For Fiona Strong, the most exciting thing so far about being a Global Messenger was meeting Prime Minister John Key. But she has also really loved meeting and making friends with lots of new people.
Fiona, who is a swimmer, has been involved with Special Olympics for more than five years. She has attended many Ribbon Days, Regional Games in Tauranga and the 2009 National Summer Games in Palmerston North. At the National Games, she won four gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
When Fiona isn’t swimming, she likes to work on her laptop and use her Play Station 2 Sing Star. She also likes knitting and cross stitch and loves to go horseback riding. Fiona is employed by a family to help run their household.
She is the athlete representative on the Special Olympics Counties Committee. She assists the club with obtaining donations for its yearly prize giving. Fiona has been a finalist in the annual Down Syndrome Awards.
Fiona became a Global Messenger because she wants to help get more people into and enjoying Special Olympics. She wants to show people how cool it is to be involved and how athletes meet great friends, have fun and develop fitness. "Basically," she says, "I want to say how good Special Olympics is."