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Stephen Waite

083-SO-01-02-17-LR.jpgStephen Waite has been competing with Special Olympics Whangarei for around 25 years! Over that time he has tried his hand at several sports, and is now a committed ten pin bowler. He has competed at both Tier 1 and 2 events and went to the 2013 National Summer Games in Dunedin for ten pin bowling.

In recent years Stephen has taken on more of a leadership and governance role with Special Olympics Whangarei. He sits on Special Olympics Whangarei’s Executive Committee and presents the athletes’ report to the Executive. He is also a part of the newly established sports committee. At the Club’s last two annual prize giving ceremonies he has assisted with presenting awards and trophies, and he also assists at local events and helps with fundraising.

“Special Olympics has given me a purpose in life, confidence in myself and the opportunity to make new friends,” Stephen says. “It’s also taught me about planning, being punctual and conscientious and about playing as a team member.”

As a Global Messenger Stephen is hoping to learn more about Special Olympics, inspire others to give it a go, and let the wider community know about Special Olympics and what it offers. He’s also hoping to work towards his goal of becoming a junior coach.

“I know and understand the challenges of having a disability in a mainstream society and I’m aware of the prejudices that can be shown. I want to share my experiences and the training I’ve been fortunate to receive with others like myself.”

When he’s not busy with his Club commitments, Stephen volunteers his time helping with catering at events, including the Northland Business Excellence Awards, the Northland Maori Sports Awards dinner, Relay for Life, Northland Badminton, and the Whangarei District Council Youth Awards.

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