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Thomas Loftus

Thomas-Loftus.JPGAt just twenty years old, Special Olympics Hutt Valley athlete Thomas Loftus will be the youngest New Zealand competitor at the World Winter Games. UK-born Thomas first joined Special Olympics Hutt Valley when he moved to New Zealand with his family in Year 9 at school, and competes in basketball and athletics as well as skiing.

Thomas is well used to breaking records with his age – in 2013 he became our youngest ever Global Messenger at the age of 16! As a Global Messenger he’s now taken on a leadership role with the Special Olympics Hutt Valley running warm-ups at athletics trainings and has even introduced music to the sessions to help inspire his fellow athletes.

“I really enjoy coaching and helping out,” Thomas says. “The music has brought a lot of happiness to training – and I’ve seen the athletes having more fun and improving as well.”

Despite his young age, Thomas has already competed at the Trans-Tasman Games twice, as well as the National Summer Games in 2013 and the National Winter Games in 2015. He’s now looking forward to the challenge of a World Games.

“It will be great to see people from other countries competing and also see how the other New Zealand athletes have improved.”

Between now and the Games Thomas is firmly focused on his training and his studies in film and animation at the Yoobee School of Design in Wellington. His training schedule will involve cross fit, going out for runs and going to snow camp with some of the other World Winter Games athletes. 

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