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Gordon Llewellyn – Give me the Chance

Gordon Llewellyn was one of the first four athletes in Special Olympics New Zealand (SONZ) and became an icon for the organisation and an advocate for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in sport across New Zealand. His story is a remarkable one. Gordon was a swimmer in Hutt Valley, Wellington in 1982 when […]

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Meet the 2020 Attitude Awards Nominees

On Wednesday 2nd December the 2020 Attitude Awards will be celebrating the achievements and successes of New Zealanders living with disabilities, recognising athletes, young New Zealanders who are game-changers in the community. We’re thrilled to announce the four nominees for the prestigious Special Olympics Award, which honours a passionate Special Olympics athlete whose involvement in […]

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October 2020 Fanletter

From celebrating athlete awards to a new mascot there’s loads to get excited about 😍   Get stuck in with the latest news from the Special Olympics New Zealand community, including:  CEO Carolyn talks return of Young Athletes programme, Round the Bays and more  Paper cranes spark a global campaign for inclusion   A new SONZ mascot?! Learn the latest National Summer Games announcements  Nutritious and Delicious! Health Leader […]

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2021 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays Affiliated Charity

We’re very excited, for the second time, to be named one of the affiliated charities for the 2021 Wellington Brendan Foot Supersite (BFS) Round the Bays. The BFS Round the Bays is an iconic event in Wellington, well-loved by the city with many benefits for its participants. With live music, spot prizes, a focus on […]

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In Memory – John Holdsworth

Tēnā koutou It is with great sadness that we tell you that our patron John Holdsworth has passed away over the weekend. Many of you may have met John and Merrill Holdsworth at any number of the Special Olympics events they have attended over the years. As patrons of Special Olympics New Zealand (SONZ) John […]

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August 2020 Fanletter

Kia ora koutou katoa! 👋 It’s great to see everyone getting back to training! and Ka pai (well done) to all our clubs for following our Covid-19 protocols and working to keep us all stay safe and healthy! Check out the latest from the Special Olympics New Zealand community, including: CEO Carolyn Young talks health […]

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Special Olympics Selects Kazan, Russia to Host Landmark World Winter Games in 2022

Kazan, Russia will host the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2022 with a key aim of transforming the lives and prospects of people with intellectual disabilities across Russia. The selection of Kazan by the Special Olympics International Board of Directors was made based on the city’s proven reputation for hosting large international sporting events, […]

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June 2020 Fanletter

It’s nearly time to go back to training. There’s loads to get excited about 😍🙌 Get stuck in to the latest news from Special Olympics New Zealand’s community, including: Update from Carolyn: let’s get ready for training National Summer Games 2021: the website is ready! SONZ athletes at work during rāhui Spread the word about […]

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Special Olympics New Zealand wants lifelong equality for Kiwis with intellectual disabilities

Special Olympics New Zealand (SONZ) has launched a new campaign calling for help to reach out to every New Zealander with an intellectual disability who has ever been told, “You’ll never be able to do that…”  Special Olympics New Zealand offers sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability. With 44 grassroots clubs […]

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May 2020 Fanletter

Kia ora, kei te pēhea koe? Hooray! We made it to level 3! One step closer to level 1 Catch the latest from Special Olympics New Zealand’s community, including: When can we return to training? Our CEO, Carolyn answers the big question Graeme Porter completes two years on the Regional Athlete Input Council How Special […]