Michael Holdsworth and Prime Minister John Key.
Global Messenger Michael Holdsworth calls himself a sports fanatic. If he’s not active in his own swimming, basketball playing and skiing, chances are he’s watching sports or thinking about them.
Michael has been involved with Special Olympics Wellington for more than 20 years. During that time, he has attended six Special Olympics New Zealand National Games and the 1993 Special Olympics World Winter Games. He is the team captain in basketball and likes to support new athletes in Special Olympics sports.
Michael has an active life outside of playing sports, too. Michael served as the spokesman for the Asia Pacific Special Olympics Conference and attended the Downs World Congress in Ireland in 2009. He has played the piano for 29 years and often plays at award ceremonies, for example for the Down Syndrome Association. He has been a Library Assistant at the IHC National Office for 15 years. In his role there, he provides resources about disabilities.
Michael’s aims as a Global Messenger include being able to speak up for himself and show people what can be achieved by being involved with Special Olympics. He would like to use his computer skills to promote Special Olympics. On top of it all, he would like to return the time, effort and achievements he has received back to Special Olympics New Zealand.