Alice spreads Spe­cial Olympics mes­sage

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TIM O’CON­NELL

A Nel­son ath­lete is pre­par­ing to take on a new chal­lenge as part of a group of am­bas­sadors for Spe­cial Olympics New Zealand.

Alice Robb is one of six peo­ple cho­sen to take part in the move­ment’s Global Mes­sen­ger train­ing pro­gramme this year.

The goal of the pro­gramme is to equip ath­letes with the skills to take up the role of am­bas­sador for the or­gan­i­sa­tion within their com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try.

The class of 2018 started their lead­er­ship train­ing on Fe­bru­ary 14 in Welling­ton.

Fol­low­ing the train­ing Alice will join more than 70 Global Mes­sen­gers who pro­mote Spe­cial Olympics in New Zealand and sup­port and in­spire other ath­letes.

Robb com­petes in swim­ming has been in­volved with Spe­cial Olympics for about 11 years.

She said she was look­ing for­ward to learn­ing new skills, meet­ing other ath­letes and fly­ing on my own to the work­shops.

‘‘Spe­cial Olympics keeps me fit and I have made lots of friends – it has taught me that my de­ci­sions are im­por­tant and other peo­ple will lis­ten to me and talk about them.’’

She rep­re­sented her club at the Trans-Tas­man Games in Hamil­ton in 2016 where she won a gold medal, and has also been to two Na­tional Sum­mer Games.

Al­ready a mem­ber of Spe­cial Olympics Nel­son’s ath­letes’ com­mit­tee and a spokesper­son for the swim­ming ath­letes, Alice has am­bi­tions of be­ing recog­nised as a spokesper­son for Spe­cial Olympics, be­ing on a na­tional com­mit­tee and one day be­ing on an Asian-Pa­cific Com­mit­tee.

Alice also en­joys go­ing to the gym, spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily, and work­ing at WINZ as a sup­port of­fi­cer.

She is also ded­i­cated to her vol­un­teer work in­clud­ing at the Dress Up Box cos­tume hire store in Nel­son.

Re­gional team leader for Spe­cial Olympics New Zealand Ju­lia San­son said be­ing se­lected to be­come a Global Mes­sen­ger was a ma­jor achieve­ment and an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘Not only will they learn new and valuable lead­er­ship skills that will help them in their lives and ca­reers, but they will also be­come the face of Spe­cial Olympics in their com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘As an ath­lete driven or­gan­i­sa­tion it is im­por­tant that our ath­letes have a voice in rais­ing aware­ness and breaking down bar­ri­ers which they and their peers of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence. They share their ex­pe­ri­ences and achieve­ments gained through Spe­cial Olympics as a very strong and pow­er­ful voice of aware­ness and change.’’

Spe­cial Olympics New Zealand part­ners with The Train­ing Prac­tice and At­ti­tude Pic­tures to de­liver the four-work­shop pro­gramme, with work­shops in May, Au­gust and Oc­to­ber.


Spe­cial Olympics lo­cal ath­lete, Alice Robb, holds the Law En­force­ment Torch with Cathy Hayes, dur­ing the last seg­ment of the Na­tional Sum­mer Games’ in­au­gu­ral run in 2017. Robb has been se­lected as one of six NZ Global Mes­sen­gers trained to help spread the mes­sage and vi­sion of the move­ment.

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