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2017 National Summer Games

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Special Olympics New Zealand will host the 9th National Summer Games in our capital city, Wellington.

Special Olympics National Summer Games 2017 will be held from 27 November to 1 December and is New Zealand’s largest sports event for people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics New Zealand started in Lower Hutt in 1983, thanks to our founders, Grant and Wendy Quinn so we are thrilled to be returning to our home turf.

Wellington is a vibrant and beautiful city that offers our athletes quality venues where we can showcase how amazing athletes and how, through sport, Special Olympics can transform lives.

Fast Facts about our Games!

  • Event dates : 27 November to 01 December 2017
  • More than 2200 athletes, coaches and team management will attend the Games
  • Athletes will compete in 11 sports
  • Competition will be held at ten venues across Wellington
  • More than 1000 volunteers will be recruited to perform various roles
  • Over 2000 athletes and coaches will stay at the Halls of Residence at Victoria University and over 200 at the Silverstream Retreat
  • Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes Programme will run at the National Summer Games supported by over 70 voluntary clinicians

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