Special Olympics Otago's Craig Torrance is keen to get a buddy system up and running for younger athletes in the organisation now that he has become a Global Messenger.
"I would like the older athletes to be mentors for the younger athletes, so they can take them under their wing and show them 'this is how you act', 'these are the rules', and just try and be there for them," he says.
Craig has been with Special Olympics for 12 years, playing basketball and golf. A major highlight of this time was going to Shanghai, China for the 2007 World Summer Games where he was part of the basketball team that won Gold. "It's the best thing I've ever done," says Craig.
Craig's parents are also involved with Special Olympics, coaching the Otago Club's A and B basketball teams. When he's not playing with the A team, Craig helps his parents coach the B team as well. He also helped coach Otago's basketball team that won bronze at the 2011 Trans Tasman Tournament in Wellington.
Craig is keen to start playing more golf in the future, and is hoping to play golf at the 2013 National Summer Games being held in his home town Dunedin.