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Asia Pacific Games 2013

Special Olympics New Zealand's team that travelled to the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games.

Team New Zealand results

Full results from the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games

A team of Special Olympics New Zealand athletes travelled to Australia to represent New Zealand for the first time at the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. 

The Games were held from 30 November to 7 December and was the largest event for people with intellectual disabilities in Australasia with around 2000 athletes and coaches from across 32 countries in the Asia Pacific region attending.
The athletes competed across nine sports: aquatics, athletics, badminton, bocce, basketball, cricket, football, table tennis, and tenpin bowling.               
The Games kicked off with a two-hour Opening Ceremony spectacular of music, dance and fireworks at Hunter Stadium on Sunday 1 December 2013.
Special Olympics New Zealand sent a team of 21 athletes to the Games. Nine support staff accompanied the athletes, including Head of Delegation Shayne Crabtree, Assistant Head of Delegation Shona Hendra, six coaches, and team doctor Gill Harrington. The team was very successful winning a total of 40 medals!
Each athlete was responsible for raising an average of $2,500 to attend the Games. It is the first time many of the athletes have represented New Zealand on the international stage.

Visit the official Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games website for further information.

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