Eighteen-year-old Brittney McKenzie is one of two snowboarders who represented Special Olympics New Zealand at the 2013 World Winter Games.
“I am very determined—if I start something I finish it, and this is something I have been working towards for a very long time. Representing New Zealand is such a big opportunity for me. I felt very privileged to be able to go,” says Brittney, who has been snowboarding since she was 13. Hard work and determination are traits Brittney applies to everything she does in life. She is currently studying towards her Diploma in Arts and Media with an endorsement in Fashion Design at the Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru. She also works three times a week as a Checkout Operator at Countdown. And in between all of that she squeezes in her fitness training, which includes gym work three times a week and walking in the evenings when she can.
Brittney’s training for the World Winter Games mainly consisted of cardio work so she could be as fit as possible for the challenging conditions.
Brittney competed in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super Giant Slalom events with amazing results.