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Libby Sheppard

                                                
Originally starting with Special Olympics in North Otago moving to Palmerston North and the North Island has given Special Olympics Manawatu swimmer Libby Sheppard a chance to compete on the world stage in Abu Dhabi next March when she swims at 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games with the New Zealand team.

Libby enjoys cooking, knitting, arts & craft, fashion and hair design, listening to her favourite band One Direction, skiing, gardening or watching movies.

Her favourite movie “Soul Surfer” is about Libby’s role model, Bethany Hamilton.

According to Libby “Like me, Bethany has also overcome difficulties and is determined to achieve all she can”.

Representing New Zealand  and being a part of the team is what she is most looking forward to as she prepares for next year’s trip.

Libby trains twice a week in the gym and swims at her local pool two or three times a week, under the watchful eye of her World Games Swimming Head Coach Carla L’Hullier.

If she could change the world for a better place, Libby would like people to be more respectful and caring for others and our environment.

Since joining the Special Olympics programme back in 2009, Libby feels her life has changed as “I am now part of a team. I have a chance to do my best. I get awards for trying and I meet lots of great people”.

As any user of Facebook and Instagram will know Libby loves to keep up in social media so she can see what’s happening in New Zealand and around the world.

Libby believes that Special Olympics Healthy Athletes programme has given her peace of mind “when I get my checks and I get encouragement to take care of myself”

 
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