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Thomas Loftus

He’s just 16 but Hutt Valley athlete Thomas Loftus is already making a name for himself within Special Olympics New Zealand.

“It is quite amazing for me. When I went for my interview, there was someone there who had been with Special Olympics for a very long time and I was thinking, ‘man, I’ve really only done it for two years’,” says Thomas, who is the youngest Global Messenger to date.
 
Now that he has become a Global Messenger, Thomas is looking forward to “telling other people how great Special Olympics is,” and helping people with disabilities reach their potential. He’ll also be promoting the social aspect of Special Olympics, reflected by the number of friends Thomas has already made at his local Club and in the Greater Wellington region.
 
Thomas works hard on his fitness, participating in basketball, athletics and skiing. His short-term goal is to be selected for the basketball team going to the Trans Tasman Tournament in Australia later this year, and his long-term goal is to qualify for the athletics team going to the World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015.
 
Thomas is in Year 12 at Upper Hutt College. He plans to study at the New Zealand Institute of Sport in Wellington once he leaves school.
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