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Simone Kokaua - Coach Basketball


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Simone has been a volunteer from 2010-11 for Special Olympics Waikato starting from driving the van for her sister for the athletes before moving on coaching basketball, before becoming a committee member. 

She sees her role within Special Olympics Waikato as being involved with assisting athletes to bring positive change, increase their skill set, build self-confidence and the love for being active. Simone says that “they are part of my reason I chose to take up study at the Sport Science and Human Performance Centre at Wintec Rotokauri Campus in Hamilton. I am currently in my final year of my Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science”. 

The 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles was Simone’s first International event and she felt that it was amazing.

In August 2017, Simone says that she had the honour of becoming a mentor to our Special Olympics Waikato’s athlete Leader Kym O’Grady, who was appointed to the Special Olympics International Swimming Sport Resource Team (SRT) member as the Asia Pacific representative on this committee. Simone says she is enjoying watching Kym grow in this role.

“In 2017, Special Olympics Waikato basketball where growth was achieved, some athletes moved up a grade in teams, some lost weight and became more active and new coaches joined our ranks with the passion to help our athletes be the best they can be and at their different levels. I am blessed to share this journey with my sister Luci-Ana who is a huge influence in my life and my family who always keep me grounded” Simone says. 


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