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Young Athletes Weekend Programme: Wellington Region Term 2 

Following the successful return of the Young Athletes Programme in Term 1, we are pleased to offer, and open registrations for a 6-week programme in Term 2, in Tawa and the Hutt Valley.   Term 1 Highlights   Over Term 1, more than 30 Young Athletes participated in 15 sessions developing their fundamental movement, interpersonal, and communication […]

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University of Canterbury to Host 2025 National Summer Games Olympic Village

Special Olympics New Zealand Charitable Trust Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury for the University to host the Olympic Village when the 2025 National Summer Games take place in Ōtautahi Christchurch next December. With over 1,300 athletes and hundreds of other support staff set […]

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Young Athletes: Wellington Region Term 1 Weekend Programmes

Our Young Athletes Weekend Programmes are returning to the Wellington region for 2024. Join our free and inclusive 5-week programme tailored for children with intellectual disabilities, aged approximately 2-10 years old.   Young Athletes introduces children to fundamental motor and sports skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing. Young Athletes also focuses on social skills, helping children interact with each other and […]

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Our World Games Team In The Media

Our athletes weren’t just stars in the competition arena during the World Games with many also lighting up our TV screens as they shared their stories on national broadcasts. As well as being regular stars on Morning TV, the teams’ exploits also made it to prime time with Ryan Stewart, Aaron Campbell, Melissa Cash, Lynett […]

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World Summer Games Daily Wrap: Day 6

As a weather bomb tormented Berlin and threw the Special Olympics World Summer Games in turmoil, the indoor athletes on the bowling alleys, dressage rink and swimming pool continued to lead the way and claiming five more medal for New Zealand. Tenpin bowlers Kristie Sharp and Shanae Dean were the first to pick up their […]

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World Summer Games Daily Wrap: Day 2

Powerlifter Ryan Stewart from Dunedin was the first New Zealand athlete to claim a medal at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin. The 37-year-old overcame some initial wobbles at the powerlifting cauldron at the enormous Messe convention complex to perform near his best to claim not one, but four silver medals. The final […]

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World Summer Games: Acclimatisation Camp and Host Town Program

Last Wednesday our World Games team began their journey to Berlin to represent New Zealand at the 2023 World Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights from their trip so far: From there the team set flight to Munich, via Adelaide and Doha. On arrival they were hosted by the city of Garching and […]

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Summary of Meeting of SONZ Board of Trustees held 20th April 2023

The purpose of this summary is to provide transparency on Board matters and provide club members with an overview of our discussion, an update on progress on key initiatives and any other matters of interest to the SONZ community. For the first time the Senior Leadership Team members were invited to attend the Board meeting, […]

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Special Olympics 2025 National Summer Games

The 2025 National Summer Games will take place in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 December. With approximately 1350 athletes expected to compete across 11 different sports and 7 venues.  They will be joined by over 1000 coaches and other volunteers alongside whanau, friends and supporters the 2025 National Summer Games promises to be […]

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Want to Make or Leave a Long Term Gift to SONZ? Now You Can. 

Have you thought about making a gift in your Will for the benefit of SONZ? Or perhaps a gift to SONZ in memory of a loved one?   Maybe you have items of value such as paintings or jewellery you wish to give now or leave later? Until recently, the primary avenue for such giving […]

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