Five years ago Nelson athlete Hamish Hurst was competing in the Fulton Hogan basketball league when his coach mentioned Special Olympics New Zealand. He was put in touch with Special Olympics Nelson and has trained and competed with the Club ever since.
Transferring to Special Olympics has opened up pathways Hamish never imagined. He now trains in aquatics, basketball, golf, and powerlifting, and also plays cricket with fellow Special Olympics athletes.
Upon leaving school Hamish studied at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology completing courses in horticulture, outdoor challenges, cookery, and tertiary preparation. He is now job hunting and attends Men’s Shed one day a week learning trade skills and carpentry.
“I’m learning a lot of practical skills at Men’s Shed though my perfect project would be something that doesn’t involve sanding. I’m not keen at all on sanding and it is not my forte,” he jokes.
“I’m looking forward to learning new skills within the Athlete Leadership Programme that will help me get a job. In the long-run my goal is to spread the good news about Special Olympics within the community.”
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