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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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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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Autism Awareness

Around 80,000 New Zealanders have autism (source: Autism NZ). It’s a developmental disability that can affect people in different ways. But — if given the opportunity — everyone with autism is capable of leading a happy, fulfilling life. What is autism? Autism affects how people communicate with others and interact with the world. People on […]

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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 […]

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Special Olympics Asia Pacific Youth Summit

Singapore – 2 December, 2019: About 100 young people with and without intellectual disabilities from 14 Asian and Pacific countries will gather in Singapore to co-design strategies and solutions using technology for a more inclusive world. Organised by Special Olympics Asia Pacific and sponsored by The Lane Foundation, Kantar and Microsoft, Youth for Inclusion 2019 […]

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World Winter Games 2021 Management Team Confirmed

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the management team for the Special Olympics New Zealand 2021 World Winter Games in Sweden. “We were blown away by the standard of all applicants and it made it extremely difficult for the Sports sub-committee through the shortlisting and interview process. We had some challenging decisions […]

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NSG 2021 Logo Competition

Are you creative? Want the chance to create the logo for a national Special Olympics New Zealand event? Need something to direct your energy and love over the summer? We want you to design our next logo for the National Summer Games in 2021! Some guidelines: Your logo needs to feature the Special Olympics Logo. […]

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National Summer Games Host City Announced

(Left to right) Special Olympics New Zealand CEO Carolyn Young, Athlete Ambassador Alex Johnson and Hamilton’s Deputy Major Geoff Taylor. The last time this event was held in Hamilton was 1993. The Waikato is pleased to be hosting the largest national Special Olympics event, Hamilton Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor says: “I’d like to thank Special […]