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Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith is still recovering from being named a Global Messenger.

“I was in shock when my coach told me but I think it’s slowly sinking in now,” says the 45-year-old Christchurch athlete.
 
Raymond grew up in Dunedin and started participating in athletics and soccer for the Special Olympics Otago Club over 20 years ago. When he and his mother moved to Christchurch in 1990, he joined the Canterbury Club, keeping up his athletics and taking up tenpin bowling and floor hockey as well.
 
As a Global Messenger, Raymond plans to get the word out about Special Olympics to schools and local businesses. He’ll be advocating the wonderful help the coaches give and the great people you meet when you’re part of the organisation.
 
“I just love Special Olympics. I have loved it ever since I joined and I want to share it with others,” he says.
 
Raymond’s favourite sport is running and he has taken part in six half marathons. His personal best time is an incredibly speedy 1 hour and 50.5 seconds.
 
“I’m pretty fit and I’ve got long legs,” he says. Raymond plans to keep on running half marathons and would one day love to run a full marathon.
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