Since joining Special Olympics in 2007, Chelsea Thorn has learnt many things. She has learn how to set goals, she now knows what makes a good leader and a good sportsperson, she has learnt what it means to have fun, and she has also learnt to be brave. All of these traits will be put to great use now that Chelsea is a Global Messenger.
"I want to be part of a group that promotes awareness for disabilities, because even we have goals that we want to achieve in life," she says.
Chelsea joined Special Olympics initially as a tenpin bowler, and then started doing equestrian. She has participated in many ribbon days for both sports and in 2009 she represented her Manuaku Club in tenpin bowling at the National Summer Games in Palmerston North. Chelsea really enjoys going to the sporting events as there is always a "good vibe" with her team mates and says "it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's just about having fun".
Chelsea lives in Papakura with her parents and younger brother.