Katrina Hewett knows what it feels like to win gold on the world stage. The Oamaru athlete won a gold medal for breaststroke at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland.
It’s a feeling Katrina’s aiming to repeat on the slopes of PyeongChang next year, when she vies for more medals in her other favourite sport — Alpine skiing. Along with winning medals at the 2013 World Winter Games, Katrina is looking forward to the exciting atmosphere that being at an international event brings, meeting new people, travelling and seeing a new country. Katrina has been skiing for 16 years.
She says that while she enjoys the competition aspect of the sport and is very motivated to improve her skiing, meeting up with friends is also a big incentive that keeps her hitting the slopes each year.
Katrina’s father, Stew, will also be joining her in South Korea as Special Olympics New Zealand’s representative in the Law Enforcement Torch Run leading up to the Games’ opening ceremony.