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Ella Sharples

Ella-Sharples-1.JPGFor Special Olympics Auckland athlete Ella Sharples, skiing is all about pushing herself to her limits.

“I always love doing very hard trainings and challenges,” Ella says. “That includes skiing on the advanced (black diamond) runs and expert (double black diamond) runs, to keep me very well focused.”

The central Auckland resident is no stranger to international competition, having represented New Zealand at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in New Haven USA in 1995 where she won gold in the 400m freestyle, as well as the Trans Tasman tournament in Cairns in 2012.

“I feel so pleased to be representing New Zealand in skiing now, and I'm really excited about going to Graz, Austria,” Ella says. “Plus I like meeting people from other countries.”

As well as hitting the slopes, Ella’s training for the Games involves going to the gym, playing soccer, swimming, jogging and walking.

“I'm really looking forward to doing lots of very hard trainings so I can compete my very best at the World Games.”

Thank you to Ella's sponsors:

Bob Macky
Dave Sharples
Meriane Brown
Paul Sharples
Margaret Bennett
Carmel & Paul McKeown
Jason O'Connell
Heather MacKeown
Danielle Warren
Adam Broadmore
Angela Harwood
Laurence Soffe
Phillipe Gianni
Tracey Moreau & friends
OSS Group
Joanna Donovan
David & Isolde Colver
Edith Hay
Tom & Kate Finlayson
Heather McKeown
Lorraine Sharples
Fenalla & Eric Gill

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