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Monique Irvine

Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga athlete Monique Irvine was first introduced to Special Olympics at the young age of six. More than 20 years later she has a long list of achievements to her name.

The very competitive swimmer has been to four National Summer Games events, and represented New Zealand at the World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015, where she won a silver medal in backstroke. In both 2015 and 2016 Monique was named Disabled Athlete of the Year at the Howick-Pakuranga Sports Awards.

“I love sports and Special Olympics gives me the opportunity to compete at my level and even win medals,” Monique says. “I have made so many new friends from around the world, had lots of new experiences and have had the chance to travel in New Zealand and overseas.”

When she’s not training and travelling with Special Olympics, Monique is kept busy with her part-time job at McDonalds and her volunteer work at Pakuranga Heights Primary School. She also enjoys taking long walks, doing puzzles, gardening and fishing.

Monique says being named a Global Messenger was a dream come true. She is looking forward to encouraging other people to be a part of the Special Olympics family, to try out different sports and make heaps of new friends.
“I want to encourage them to get fit and healthy. Special Olympics has a sport for every ability or interest. It helps us to become independent.”

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