Brian Jenkins knows all about motivation and achieving goals, having been a personal trainer and coach for more than 25 years to some talented Kiwi athletes.
“This is the first time I have been involved in a Special Olympics World Summer Games and it was because one of my athletes gained selection. Grant McKenzie specifically asked if I would go with him and I felt I wanted to support him to achieve his goals – he has come a long way and is very committed to his sport.”
While this may be the first time that Brian will attend a World Games, he is no stranger to major competition. Brian has served as the New Zealand Women’s Powerlifting Coach at the Powerlifting World Championships for the past 12 years.
“One of my personal highlights was seeing one of my athletes winning Gold and becoming a World Champion in 2012 and 2013. My athletes have also broken numerous World, Commonwealth and New Zealand records, while winning many international titles.”
“The goal for any of my athletes is to win and to try and continually improve and to learn and understand their sport.”
Brian adds, “I believe these games are important to show that athletes of all abilities can compete and enjoy their sport at the very highest level.”
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