From 25 June to 4 July 2011, 35 Special Olympics New Zealand athletes competed at the 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
They were part of a 7,500-strong contingent from 185 nations around the world taking part in the Games.
Special Olympics New Zealand was represented in seven sports: aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling (tenpin), equestrian, golf and powerlifting.
You can find all of our team stories and follow their journey at the World Summer Games on our Information and news page.
A sky full of fireworks lit up the sky as the ceremony came to a close. Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 lasted for the past 10 days, from 25 June to 4 July featuring more than 7,000 Special Olympics Athletes from nearly 180 countries around the world competing in the largest international multi-sport event of the year. Competition happened in 22 sports and a total of 12,000 medals were awarded to the athletes. The athletes will return to their home countries starting tomorrow 5 July where they will be celebrated by their governments, communities, schools and families.
Highlights of the Closing Ceremony - 4 July 2011
We had a delegation of more than 50 athletes and supporters led by Rob Torrance, Head of Delegation that headed to the World Games. Our athletes had been training furiously and fundraising up a storm to get to the games since their selection last October. Athletes range in age from 18 to 58 and are from throughout New Zealand.
See the full roster and read our press release announcing the team.
July 2011 - Final newsletter
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