Good luck Special Olympic swim team!

Northern News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JENNY LING

Far North Special Olympics ath­letes are ex­cited to be head­ing off to the Special Olympics Na­tional Sum­mer Games later this month.

The Bay of Is­lands swim team have had their fi­nal full team prac­tice ses­sion at Kawakawa Pool. They have got a cou­ple more in­di­vid­ual ses­sions and then the swim team along with the eques­trian team, coaches and car­ers, fly to Welling­ton for the games which run from Novem­ber 27 to De­cem­ber 1.

Swim coach Karen Markin says they’re all re­ally ex­cited about the trip. A Bay of Is­lands Special Olympics Givealit­tle page has been set up to help them pay for in­ci­den­tal ex­penses.

In Oc­to­ber, the ath­letes, from Kerik­eri, Kaikohe and Kaitaia, joined with po­lice for a torch re­lay to raise aware­ness and funds for the trip.

The team have had some fund­ing and spon­sor­ship but there are still a lot of in­ci­den­tals for them to pay for,Markin says. ‘‘It’s a huge ex­pe­ri­ence for them, not only such a pres­ti­gious event, but also be­ing away from home for so long. Some of them have never flown any­where be­fore ei­ther, so the ex­cite­ment starts with the plane jour­ney.’’

The swim ath­letes [pic­tured] are: Jazzy Lawrence, Zad­keil Bea­z­ley-Tango, Kelsey Heta, Sarasin Ben, Te Ariki Beck­ham, Te Waipuke Tohu, Denise Cameron, Aroha Mor­gan, Adam Hors­fall, Rachel Harvie, Ge­orge King, Lani Wal­lace, Christo­pher Ne­w­house and Daniel Cas­bolt.

To do­nate visit Givealit­tle.co.nz

The Bay of Is­lands Special Olympics 2017 Na­tional Sum­mer Games Swim­ming Team.

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