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Amanda Trueman

It is from the young age of 13 that Amanda Trueman started volunteering to teach people with disabilities equestrian, sharing her own love of the sport with others.

“I have been involved with teaching people with disabilities to ride for 12 years. I have ridden all my life and when was 15 I got involved with Special Olympics through Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and am now the Head Coach for Marlborough.”

The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 will be Amanda’s second Summer World Games.

“After going to Greece in 2011 I knew I wanted to go again. Don’t get me wrong it was really hard work, but whenever I think back to it I remember the good times and not the tough ones! It is very rewarding knowing you are part of a life changing experience for someone.”

Amanda says her plans for this year are to focus on coaching and to realise her goal to help the riders achieve the best they can.

“Events such as the Games are really important for New Zealand to raise awareness for people with disabilities and Special Olympics. New Zealand is also a great sporting country and it is super for the athletes to be a part of showcasing our talent.”

While Amanda works full-time at Marlborough RDA, she also volunteers for the local dressage group, is on its committee, does the draw for competitions and takes the entries for shows.

Despite this busy schedule, Amanda says she will always find time for Special Olympics and the athletes.

“There have been many special moments but I really love it when the athletes win medals or make new friends – it makes it all worth it.”
What I love about New Zealand Special Olympics:

It is such a great opportunity for athletes and coaches alike! And a great place to make awesome new friends.

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