August Landrebe has made Special Olympics New Zealand history in his selection to the Athlete Leadership Programme. He is the first athlete to be nominated by South Canterbury since the programme began back in 2010.
An avid Crusaders supporter, the Timaru-based athlete has been training with Special Olympics since 2011. At the time he was eager to get involved in sport so IDEA Services put him in touch with Special Olympics South Canterbury’s football team. He then turned his attention to aquatics and now trains twice a week in the pool.
“Once I’m in the water, you can’t get me out. I love the water,” he says.
“I really enjoy training with Special Olympics New Zealand. I love getting fit and being part of the team keeps me motivated. I’m pretty happy with being selected for the Athlete Leadership Programme. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and meeting other athletes.”
In addition to his sports training, August works at a local Mechanic Workshop cleaning vehicles and the workshop. During Super 15 season he is glued to the TV watching Crusaders games and travels to their home games (when his training time allows).
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