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Class of 2014



It was all smiles at Parliament on 22 October 2014, when our Global Messengers Class of 2014 officially graduated, following a busy year of workshops and events.

Hosted by Special Olympics New Zealand Chair Ian McKelvie (MP for Rangitikei), the event was attended by Members of Parliament, Special Olympics New Zealand Trustees, key stakeholders, Special Olympics New Zealand co-founder Wendy Quinn and athletes’ family, friends and mentors. Athletes enjoyed an inspirational keynote address from the new Minister for Disability Issues, the Hon Nicky Wagner, and all athletes played key roles in running the event.

For the first time this year Special Olympics New Zealand partnered with external training provider The Training Practice, to deliver the four workshops the athletes took part in. New Zealand’s Athlete Leadership programme is the only programme in the Asia Pacific region to work with an external training partner.

The Class of 2014 now join Special Olympics New Zealand’s 42 existing Global Messengers. Congratulations!

  • Anthony is looking forward to expanding his skills, meeting new people and helping his peers.
  • Kyle is looking forward to extending his communication skills and sharing his experiences
  • Matthew wants to show people that anything is possible
  • Philip wants to spread the word about how good Special Olympics is
  • Ryan wants to inspire other people to follow their dreams
  • Scot hopes to encourage other people to join Special Olympics
  • Troy wants to encourage people to be the best they can be
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