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Nathan Symister

Nathan-Symister-2.jpgSpecial Olympics Otago athlete Nathan Symister has a long history with Special Olympics – he’s been competing with his local Club for 27 years! Nathan plays ten pin bowling and golf, and found his passion for skiing six years ago after having open heart surgery. Outside of Special Olympics he also does indoor rowing.

“Once I started skiing I never stopped,” Nathan says. “I will keep going back for more –I love it so much.”

Nathan is a seasoned competitor, having competed at the National Winter Games last year where he won a gold and silver medal, at two Australian competitions and at the National Summer Games in Dunedin in 2013. But the World Winter Games in Austria will be his first trip to the northern hemisphere.

“I’m looking forward to the World Games. I like meeting friends from other places.”

When he’s not training and competing with Special Olympics Nathan keeps himself busy at his job at Cargill Enterprises in Dunedin making pallets.

“I’ve had my job since I was 17 years old – I’m one of the most senior staff there now."

Thank you to Nathan's sponsors:

Lisa Rouvi
Trevor Hart
Dyan O'Malley
Liana Scarf
Wayne & Rosslyn Cannan
Jock, Pippa & Heidi
Peter & Miri Gillan
Stuart Timber Co Ltd
Nathan Cannan

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