Now that she has been named a Global Messenger, Josie Noble plans to spread the Special Olympics message far and wide, and even has Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker on her radar.
"I want to get the Council and Central Government aware of Special Olympics, and will be trying to speak to Bob Parker if I can," says the determined Special Olympics Canterbury athlete.
"I'm planning to organise brochures and fliers, and work really hard to get more media coverage so we can get people's attention and make sure Special Olympics is accepted around the country and world."
Josie first started competing in swimming and skiing with Special Olympics Manawatu about eight years ago, aged 14. She moved to Christchurch just a few weeks before the 2011 February earthquake, and has competed with her Canterbury Club ever since.
When describing what she enjoys most about Special Olympics, she pinpoints "being able to compete, having a good time, and making friends".
Josie has many interests outside of Special Olympics, including dance, drama, and attending regular social groups and clubs with other people with disabilities. She also works part-time at Plant and Food Research.
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