When it comes time for Special Olympics Manawatu athlete Conrad Ryan to share his experiences with community groups as a Global Messenger he will have a cache of anecdotes to call upon.
Special Olympics New Zealand has been an integral part of Conrad’s life. He joined the organisation at the tender age of eight years’ old and since then has trained in almost every sport Special Olympics offers. At present he is registered for Alpine skiing, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, and tenpin bowling. He also cycles for fitness and is training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and the Taranaki Cycle Challenge.
Conrad is one of only a few athletes who have represented Special Olympics New Zealand at both a World Summer and World Winter Games.
In 2003 Conrad won a gold medal in Dublin, Ireland at the 2003 World Summer Games and then he also represented New Zealand at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Alpine skiing in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2013. Later that year he went on to represent Special Olympics Manawatu at the National Summer Games in tenpin bowling and brought home a gold medal.
“Golf is my favourite of the sports, followed by bocce,” he says diplomatically (his mother Lyn Ryan is the Bocce Head Coach for the Special Olympics LA2015 World Summer Games team, and his father Mike Ryan is one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on the sport).
“My goal is to become a coach in golf or bocce. I assist mum coaching the Special Olympics Manawatu bocce team and hope that the Athlete Leadership Programme gives me some more skills to be able to step up to the next level,” he says.
+64 6 357 5349 ext 735
+64 27 299 4734