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March 2022 Fanletter

Hear about our National Summer Games, sensational Young Athletes and more in our March Fanletter!

Message from the CEO

Carolyn shares her thoughts on the challenging Covid-19 situation, says farewell to departing staff members and welcomes new staff to our SONZ whānau.

Graeme Bain: 26 years with SONZ

Retiring after 26 years helping thousands of athletes discover the joy of sports, Graeme talks about the many highlights of his time with Special Olympics.

Tiah gains confidence through Young Athletes

After almost four months in lockdown, 4-year-old Tiah with Down syndrome is overcoming her shyness through sport and play.

Moxon family bowls for gold at National Summer Games

Three generations of the Moxon family aren’t letting any challenges stop them in their journey to compete together in ten-pin bowling this December.

Health Leaders: Return to training safely

James Wilson shares advice for how to stay safe if you’re returning to training and Scot Jackson talks about the importance of staying hydrated when it’s hot.

Balance is better coaches corner

Gary Peacham shares advice for coaches navigating training during omicron and talks about the importance of coaches looking after their wellbeing, as well as their athletes.


Message from the CEO

Carolyn Young CEO

Kia ora koutou, 

Is it too late to say Happy New Year?  I hope that the start of 2022 has been kind to you. While for all of us there are a lot of challenges and uncertainty presented by Covid, I hope we can apply our learnings from 2020 and 2021 as we progress through the new year. 

On 11 February we celebrated 300 days to go until the start of the Freemasons New Zealand Special Olympics National Summer Games (the Games).  The countdown is on (again)! I know with Covid impacting events and trainings it’s hard to get excited, but we are looking forward to the Games and crossing our fingers that the situation will be more stable in the second half of the year. Stay tuned as we will have some new and exciting announcements about the Games coming up later in 2022! 

The evolving Covid situation is challenging for us all to keep on top of and we’re continuing to update our website with the latest information for clubs, athletes and volunteers.  
You can visit our Covid Resouces page here 

We have updated our guidelines on the use of masks, so please ensure that you are up to date on the changes. If you have any questions please continue to reach out to your Regional Sports Co-ordinator or the Senior Management team. 

We have a number of staff changes this year. We will miss our departing staff and wish them all the best for the future and we are excited to welcome our new staff into our Special Olympics whānau. To learn more about our departing and new staff see below. 

Please join me in wishing our departing staff well and in welcoming our new staff to Special Olympics New Zealand. 

Ngā mihi nui, 

Carolyn Young 

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March 2022 Fanletter