Manawatu currently has 4 People who have completed the Athlete Leadership Programme (previously known as Global Messengers) – Hamish (2010), Stephanie (2013), Ryan (2014) and Conrad (2015).
Our Athlete Leaders assist at events, meet regularly to help plan and assist at fundraising events and are available to share their experiences in Special Olympics at Schools and Community Groups
If you would like someone to come and talk to your class or group please contact us
Athlete Leaders speak in their community and around New Zealand at seminars and conferences. They address functions and community groups about intellectual disability, Special Olympics and their experiences. Athlete Leaders influence the community and policy makers on issues of concern to the intellectual disability community and have the confidence and skills to respond positively and proactively around issues important to the intellectual disability community.
Athletes who have gone through Athlete Leadership training are qualified to apply to be an Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. Every four years, 10 athletes from around the world are selected to train and serve as International Global Messengers.