Ann Lilley is a passionate supporter of, and competitor for, Special Olympics with her involvement lasting nearly three decades.
When she first started competing, Ann played indoor bowls but then she switched to bocce about 26 years ago. Since then, the energetic 76-year-old athlete has never looked back.
Wellington-based Ann got involved in Special Olympics through her daughter Sharleen (46 years old), who has an intellectual disability.
“When you love something you just keep doing it.
“I find it so rewarding helping the Special Olympics athletes and watching them grow, and then going home and taking care of my girl.”
Ann is looking forward to this year’s event and is excited to be participating with such amazing athletes.
“It is a lot of work and can be quite tiring but we will get there – it is always worth it.”
While Ann has a busy life doing housekeeping work, tending to beautiful gardens, and caring for her daughter she says she also tries to make time for a more relaxing activity – knitting for charities, such as the Salvation Army.