Sunday, June 23, 2024

Special Olympics squad head to Germany

Sport and Recreation Minister, Grant Robertson and Disability Issues Minister, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, have wished the 39-strong New Zealand Special Olympics squad heading to Berlin the very best of luck.

The New Zealand athletes departed for Germany today and will begin competing from next week.

“The athletes heading to the Special Olympics embody what inclusive sport is and the importance of participation,” Minister Robertson said.

“It is a chance to get behind our athletes and support them as they compete alongside 6,900 athletes from around 170 countries and show what they can achieve through their hard work and dedication.”

He said the Government’s Disability Inclusion Fund aims to improve the range and quality of physical activity on offer for disabled young people and make the sport sector more inclusive.

“The Special Olympics is the world’s largest inclusive supporting event, and our 39 athletes will compete across nine different sports. Sport should be something everyone can participate in,” said Minister Radhakrishnan.

“We’re committed to valuing disabled people and supporting them to have opportunities in sport. The New Zealand athletes competing in the Special Olympics 2023 will inspire a future generation of disabled athletes.

“I would like to congratulate all our athletes on their selection for the games. This is only possible because of Special Olympics New Zealand and the volunteers, coaches, whānau, supporters and friends of the athletes competing.

“Best of luck to all the athletes competing! We know you will do New Zealand proud,” she said.

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