Being a swimming coach to Special Olympics athletes goes well beyond the physical boundaries of the pool for Maria Smith, who has been the Special Olympics Wellington Head Coach of Swimming for more than 16 years.
“This year, as the Aquatics Head Coach for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, I will concentrate on ways to support and help local clubs and coaches to prepare their athletes for competition in Los Angeles.
“This shouldn’t only happen in the pool, but should also prepare them as confident, independent individuals and a respected member of the New Zealand team.”
It is inspiring and strongly motivating.
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