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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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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 […]

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10 years with Special Olympics New Zealand

By Grace Payne, Special Olympics New Zealand Athlete This year marks me being with Special Olympics for 10 years!! 😊🎉 Who would’ve knew 10 years can go so fast? 🤷‍♀️ You know what they say…. time flies when you are having fun, and I definitely wouldn’t have it any other way 😁🙌 These pics only […]

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April 2020 Fanletter

Kia mau ki te tokanga nui a noho (there’s no place like home) 🏡 The past few weeks have been a challenge for us all. It’s times like this when we realise how lucky we are to have such an amazing Special Olympics community around us 💪💞 Check out the latest from our Special Olympics […]

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A little reminder from our Special Olympics NZ community

Watch the video 💞 Kia ora 👋 This is a little reminder… (if you’re feeling like you’re alone) Shanae Dean (Special Olympics New Zealand Athlete) and Hamish, cute dog. ….that we are all still here. Chrissa Pearce (Special Olympics New Zealand Athlete) exercising using the Wii. Michelle Carney (Special Olympics Great Britain CEO) and Carolyn […]

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March 2020 Fanletter

Kia ora It’s so exciting that another year of Special Olympics events are already underway. There’s so much to look forward to in 2020. This month’s Fanletter covers just some of the awesome things happening in the world of Special Olympics New Zealand: The Young Athletes Programme, which we hope to run all over NZ […]

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Back issues of the Special Olympics New Zealand Fanletter

Back issues of the Special Olympics New Zealand Fanletter Fanletter is the newsletter published by Special Olympics New Zealand. We now send a compact version out via email and you can read a longer version on our website. Subscribe now here. In the past, we emailed out the full version, so you can read those […]

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Logo Winner National Summer Games 2021

Last year, we announced a competition to create a logo for the upcoming National Summer Games (NSG). The NSG will be held in Hamilton in 2021. We were so happy to get all your creative and artistic entries for this competition. You all showed great effort, imagination and enthusiasm. Ka pai (well done) everyone! Of […]

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A new memorandum of understanding

A new memorandum of understanding between the New Zealand Powerlifting Federation and SONZ We’re excited to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Special Olympics New Zealand (SONZ) and the New Zealand Powerlifting Federation (NZPF). “This agreement will play a pivotal part in SONZ running high quality sports programmes for Tamariki (5 […]