Hamilton-based Tremaine Hoeft went the extra mile in his bid to make the Special Olympics New Zealand LA2015 team.
In addition to his weekly basketball training session with Special Olympics Waikato, he joined the gym, changed his eating habits, and reduced his Coca-Cola intake dramatically. Gone are the days of a daily soft drink. Now water is Tremaine’s drink of choice and soft drinks are for special occasions only. It is hard for Tremaine to stay on track but he has a good team of staff that supports him to meet his needs.
Tremaine has been training with Special Olympics for the past three years.
“The best part about Special Olympics is being part of a team and making new friends. My Special Olympics Waikato basketball coaches are great,” he says.
For extra training and game time, Tremaine has been part of the Waikato Supported Basketball league, and plays for the CLT Panthers (which won the Waikato Supported Basketball league in 2014).
Outside of sport Tremaine works as a stablehand at Glamorgan Stables. For the past three years he has been part of ‘Te Oranga Hapori’ kappa haka group that performed at the launch of the Hamilton Disability Pride Film & Arts Festival, and at Hui Te Rangiora marae for the Matariki celebrations.
A keen basketball and rugby fan, Tremaine describes himself as “old school” and loves all kinds of music. Tremaine sports idols are Richie McCaw, Carl Hoeft and Michael Jordan.