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Helen Johnson - Coach Football

                                        
Helen Johnson is an assistant coach for the Special Olympics NZ World Games football team.

She feels the strength that she brings to this position comes from coaching across sports disciplines and previous Special Olympics World Games.

Helen says “Special Olympics gives me opportunities to continually challenge myself. I have coached, team/event managed or played unified: golf, table tennis, snow sports, athletics, swimming, basketball, bocce, golf and indoor bowls. Football is new! Since being appointed to the Assistant Coach role Helen has completed a football referee course and taken her grandkids to a football skills development programme where she could learn some foundation football skills with them. “This season we have started football again in the Manawatu area and I am learning some skills from our expert coaching team and players. I am looking forward to getting to know the World Games team and learning more about football from Paul, the Games Head Coach and Allan my co-assistant, and all of the World Games players” Helen says.

Helen feels that Special Olympics has taught her the power of ‘we can do’ and the values of sport inclusion. She feels she has already been given the privilege to represent New Zealand as an Additional Support coach at two Special Olympics Worlds Games and Head Coach for Table tennis at the 2013 Asia Pacific Games. And so now she is using those experiences to give others opportunity is important to her.

“The Special Olympics World Games is an amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to sharing an action packed fun filled few weeks with the team”.            


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