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August 2022 Fanletter

Message from the CEO

Carolyn talks about exciting plans for the National Summer Games and Sport New Zealand’s Strengthen and Adapt project. 

100 days until the National Summer Games

With 100 days to go we’re on the hunt for 600 volunteers and starting preparations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. 

Every athlete wins in Healthy Athletes Programme

Hear Waikato nurse Janet’s story about volunteering at this National Summer Games’ Healthy Athletes programme to improve health outcomes for athletes with intellectual disabilities. 

Class of 2022 Athlete Leaders

Hear from this year’s Athlete Leaders about what they learnt at their third workshop in preparation for their graduation.

James Wilson’s tips for spring

To enjoy the summer months to their fullest Health Leader James Wilson has some great tips to stay fit and healthy! 

Balance is better coaches corner

Sports Director Gary Peacham talks about the successful club forums and the upcoming level 3 coaching course. 


Message from the CEO

Carolyn Young Chief Executive

Tēnā koutou katoa e te iwi 

The last couple of months have been quite challenging for everyone with a wide range of illnesses and storms throughout the country have resulted in cancellations and postponements of more activities.  I hope that you have come out the other side and are now starting to feel like the worst of both the weather and illnesses are behind us.  With Spring upon us let’s hope we get to see more of the ra (sun) in the coming weeks. 

With just 100 days to go until the National Summer Games I hope that your training and planning to attend the Games is going well.  We are immersed in planning ourselves to ensure that everyone has an amazing time and finishes the year with a bang.  Now that the registrations have been received the team are working on finalizing accommodation allocations, competition schedules and merchandise options.  The Games team will be in touch with your club with all of the relevant information. 

We are three months into our initial work on the Sport New Zealand Strengthen and Adapt project.  We have had lots of meetings with other National Sports and Disability Organisations, which has been incredibly informative.  We are in the process of framing up a piece of research to better understand what activities people with an intellectual disability, who are not currently engaged with Special Olympics, want to do.  This research will help shape our priorities and mahi in the future.  We will continue to keep clubs informed as we progress this work. 

E noho rā 

Carolyn Young

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August 2022 Fanletter