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Lisa Donald


It was a float in Nelson’s Christmas Parade that inspired Lisa Donald to join Special Olympics Nelson more than eight years ago

“I saw a float in the Christmas Parade with some of my friends on it so I talked to them about how I could join. I started playing basketball, athletics and swimming and was then invited to be the school representative on Special Olympics Nelson’s Athletes Committee. I’m still on the Committee and am in charge of greeting people at the door when we have events.”

Lisa credits Special Olympics with helping her to get fitter, growing her confidence and helping her to meet new friends. She’s been able to meet athletes from all over the country thanks to her involvement at the 2009 National Summer Games in Palmerston North, and the 2013 National Summer Games in Dunedin.

Being nominated for the Global Messenger Programme was a bit of a surprise for Lisa, but she’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I didn’t know that the Club had nominated me at first but I’m very pleased to be selected. I’m looking forward to spreading the word about Special Olympics and attracting the younger generation.”

Outside of Special Olympics, Lisa volunteers as a teacher aide at Henley School and delivers the local Waimea Weekly paper. She also plays in the local Fulton Hogan basketball league.

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