A proud Southlander, Nicola Hardy has trained athletes from Special Olympics Southland in aquatics, athletics, and basketball, for the past three years since returning to New Zealand from her OE.
Nicola was the Assistant Head of the Special Olympics Southland delegation and Head Coach of the basketball team that travelled to the Trans Tasman Tournament 2012 in Cairns, Australia (“The Southland basketball team won its division and took home the gold medal against some very tough competition,” she says). She was also the Assistant Head of the Southland Delegation throughout this international tournament.
Recently Nicola moved to Auckland to work for Sport Auckland as the Community Sport Coordinator based at Tamaki Primary School. Within this role she works closely with teachers and principals to provide curriculum support in physical education, organise the delivery of various KiwiSport projects and runs several sports competitions each term for 15 primary schools. She is now also volunteering with Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga, Tamaki and our other Auckland branches.