Special Olympics North Harbour's Troy Rangi had only been back on the slopes for a short time before representing New Zealand in Alpine skiing at the 2013 World Winter Games.
The 25-year-old first experienced skiing as a teenager during the three years he attended Hogben School (now Halswell Residential College) in Christchurch. After a 10-year break he decided to try it again because his younger brother Ethan was having a great time learning snowboarding with Special Olympics at Snowplanet on Auckland's North Shore. The competitive streak between the brothers came out.
Troy joined Special Olympics North Harbour 10 years ago when he moved back to Auckland from Christchurch. Ethan, who is still at school, also belongs to the North Harbour Club. Along with their snow sports, both brothers participate in swimming, basketball, soccer and athletics.
Troy is an excellent swimmer and narrowly missed selection for the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens. Troy's training schedule for the Games included walking or running three times a week, and practising runs at Snowplanet whenever he can.
Troy manages to juggle all of his sports training with a full-time job at Pak 'n Save Albany where he has been a valued employee for more than size years.