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Carla L’Huillier - Head Coach Swimming

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Helping swimmers with both physical and intellectual disabilities learn to swim became an 11 year obsession for the NZ Swim Coach Carla as she worked out the intricacies of how to make each individual “Click” and how to get them swimming to the best of their abilities. Keen to continue this Carla went along to Special Olympics training expecting to maybe volunteer an hour or so a week and she was instantly hooked.

She is proud to be part of the Special Olympics Manawatu team, and as head swim coach (a position she held since joining the programme 7 years ago). Her squad is consistently growing, and in her time with us she has attended numerous competitions including both the 2013 & 2017 National Games and the 2016 Trans-Tasman Tournament.

Carla says it was the genuine enthusiasm our athletes have for life and for learning new skills is one of the things that attracted her to Special Olympics – the great sportsmanship and wanting to always do their best is what has kept her with us.

Carla is excited by the challenge of getting to know her swimmers as well she can so she can make each swimmer’s workout tailored  specifically to their needs – increasing fitness and skills – working towards achieving their sporting best in Abu Dhabi, while also helping them make fabulous memories for life as they experience new cultures and make friends from around the world

According to Carla Special Olympics has motivated her to make myself the best coach that I can be so I can help my swimmers achieve their full potential and be proud of themselves – the look of joy when they achieve something they never thought possible is unforgettable – I now can’t imagine life without Special Olympics.

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