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Postponement of Games opens door for Kiwi Athletes

Friday, 3 September 2021, 10:36 am | Special Olympics NZ

The postponement of the Special Olympics World Winter Games to 2023 has opened the door for New Zealand winter sports athletes to be able to compete against the world’s best. More >>

Athletes in lockdown limbo 100 days out from National Games

Monday, 30 August 2021, 9:46 am | Special Olympics NZ

Anxiety is growing amongst thousands of athletes, coaches and volunteers as the Covid-19 lockdown is starting to affect their preparation for the Freemasons New Zealand Special Olympics National Summer Games. More >>

Special equestrian conquers challenges

Monday, 16 August 2021, 11:12 am | Special Olympics NZ

Equestrian rider Sarah Dalton personifies the spirit of the Special Olympics and will be chasing more medals at the Freemasons New Zealand National Summer Games in December. More >>

Special Olympics Celebrate 300th Volunteer Signing Up For National Summer Games

Friday, 6 August 2021, 9:39 am | Special Olympics NZ

Special Olympics New Zealand this week welcomed the 300th volunteer signing up to be part of the Freemasons New Zealand Special Olympics National Summer Games in Hamilton. Duncan Enersen and daughter Greer from Waikato were presented with the brand new ... More >>

Volunteers Flock From All Corners To Special Olympics National Summer Games

Monday, 21 June 2021, 10:22 am | Special Olympics NZ

Dianne and Blair Payne are excited to be among the 600 volunteers who will support nearly 2000 athletes and coaches to participate in the Freemasons New Zealand Special Olympics National Summer Games in Hamilton. The Queenstown couple both have a background ... More >>

Time-defying Special Olympics Team Set To Qualify For National Games

Monday, 24 May 2021, 1:30 pm | Special Olympics NZ

A time-defying team of Special Olympics footballers from Hawke’s Bay this weekend is set to qualify for an incredible eighth National Summer Games. The Hawke’s Bay Special Olympics football team with players ranging from 71 to 9 years of age. The ... More >>

National Winter Games wraps up

Monday, 23 September 2019, 12:37 pm | Special Olympics NZ

Cardrona Alpine Resort was the host last week to Special Olympics New Zealand 7th National Winter Games. Held over four days, 48 athletes with an intellectual disability took to the slopes to race in alpine skiing and snowboarding events - each competing ... More >>

Special Olympics athletes take to the slopes

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 1:52 pm | Special Olympics NZ

New Zealand’s finest Special Olympics snow sports athletes will strap on their skis and snowboards next week to compete at the Special Olympics National Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort. More >>

Special Olympics athletes compete for inclusion in Chch

Monday, 15 July 2019, 8:24 am | Special Olympics NZ

A group of Special Olympics athletes will compete in a one-off exhibition football match next week to celebrate the Special Olympics Global Day of Inclusion. More >>

NZ athletes claim first medals at Special Olympics

Sunday, 17 March 2019, 3:03 pm | Special Olympics NZ

The New Zealand team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi have claimed their first medals, in the second day of the week-long competition. More >>

Christchurch doctor up for international health award

Sunday, 22 July 2018, 12:03 pm | Special Olympics NZ

Christchurch audiologist Dr Jeanine Doherty is in the running for a global Special Olympics Golisano Health Leadership Award, for the Asia-Pacific region. This award would recognise her work with people with intellectual disabilities through Special ... More >>

Sky Tower set to light up for Special Olympics

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 1:38 pm | Special Olympics NZ

This Saturday 21 July Auckland’s Sky Tower is set to turn red in a global display of unity to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics. The Sky Tower will be one of 70 international landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, the London ... More >>

New CEO for Special Olympics New Zealand

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 1:25 pm | Special Olympics NZ

Newly appointed Special Olympics New Zealand CEO Carolyn Young has paid tribute to her predecessor Kathy Gibson. More >>

Athletes set to take on new leadership challenge

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 10:40 am | Special Olympics NZ

A group of athletes with intellectual disabilities are preparing to take on a new challenge, as they kick off their training to become athlete ambassadors for Special Olympics New Zealand, known as Global Messengers. The goal of the programme is to ... More >>

Athletes head home from National Summer Games

Friday, 1 December 2017, 4:19 pm | Special Olympics NZ

More than 1250 athletes with intellectual disabilities are heading home from their pinnacle sporting event – the Special Olympics National Summer Games 2017, which finished in Wellington today. More >>

Feilding woman mucks in to support Special Olympics

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 11:00 am | Special Olympics NZ

Yesterday was no ordinary day for Manawatu’s Arianna Ashworth. She traded her office job for the morning to join volunteers from across the district supporting the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games. More >>

Waikato athlete impresses in the pool

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 8:23 am | Special Olympics NZ

Waikato’s Melissa Donoghue has a goal, to reach the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and she is heading in the right direction. Melissa impressed in the pool today winning gold in the 100m Individual Medley and silver in the 50m Butterfly at the Special ... More >>

NZ Special Olympics Kicks Off

Monday, 27 November 2017, 12:48 pm | Special Olympics NZ

New Zealand’s biggest event for athletes with intellectual disabilities has kicked off at an Opening Ceremony at Te Rauparaha Area in Porirua, Wellington. More >>

Manawatu volunteers to help make Special Olympics a success

Monday, 27 November 2017, 12:40 pm | Special Olympics NZ

More than 60 FMG employees will pitch in as volunteers at the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games equestrian competition in Feilding this week. More >>

Special Olympics athletes set to compete in National Games

Monday, 20 November 2017, 9:17 am | Special Olympics NZ

More than 1250 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 42 Special Olympics Clubs and three schools are set to take part in the 2017 Special Olympics National Summer Games, which are happening from 26 November to 1 December 2017. More >>