Special Olympics North Harbour athlete Daniel Casbolt is looking forward to using his new role as Global Messenger to brush up on his public speaking and help recruit more athletes and volunteers for his Club.
“I haven’t done too much public speaking and I’m really keen to learn more. I think I’d be really good at going out to universities, schools and other places and encouraging people with intellectual disabilities to join.”
Daniel, who takes part in swimming, basketball and athletics, joined Special Olympics Waikato about eight years ago, but his association with Special Olympics extends right through his school days, when he competed in Special Olympics schools events. In 2011 he moved to Auckland and joined the North Harbour club, but still values the friendships he made at Special Olympics Waikato.
“What I love most about Special Olympics is that I like to make a lot of friends, and through Special Olympics I’ve been able to meet lots of new people. I still keep in touch with some friends from Special Olympics Waikato even though I don’t live in Hamilton anymore.”
Outside of Special Olympics, Daniel works part time as an Activities Assistant for IDEA Services, assisting with their programmes and activities for people with intellectual disabilities, and trains with the Piha Surf Life Saving Club. He also has a creative streak, and takes art and drama classes weekly at Corbans Estate Arts Centre. His specialisation is acrylic paintings on canvas or on boards.
Daniel has competed at the 2009 and 2013 Special Olympics National Summer Games, and his sporting goal is to compete internationally for Special Olympics New Zealand.
“I was nominated for the World Summer Games in Los Angeles but I missed out on being selected. Hopefully with some hard training I can get some good results at the 2017 National Games and have another go at the next World Summer Games!”
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