Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Special Olympics South Taranaki at a cross-roads

Special Olympics South Taranaki at a cross-roads


The sports dreams of several South Taranaki athletes are being stymied by a lack of volunteers in the area.

Special Olympics South Taranaki has a waiting list of people with intellectual disabilities wanting to join its successful sports training programme but doesn’t have the ‘people power’ to get them on board.

“Quite simply, we need more volunteers to meet demand. We are a very successful Club with some talented athletes who train weekly in swimming and indoor bowls. But to date the organisation of the Club has fallen on a few, increasingly exhausted, volunteers. We are after some vibrant, enthusiastic volunteers to join the committee, and to help administrate sports training and events,” says Sharon Waller, Chairperson of the Club, who has resigned from the position, effective next month.

Sharon has led the Club for the past six years. Over that time it has grown from a few athletes coached by family members to a thriving team of 24 athletes who have competed around New Zealand. She says increasing work and personal commitments have forced her to step down from the Chairperson role.

“2013 is a very big year for Special Olympics South Taranaki with the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games in Dunedin at the end of the year. More than 1200 athletes from around the country with intellectual disabilities are expected to attend the event, and we will be sending a team. Given the opportunities abound, it was a difficult decision to resign,” she says.

“We have a small but very dedicated group of volunteers who help our athletes train and fundraise. One of our indoor bowling coaches has been volunteering with Special Olympics for 35 years, and is still today organising sausage sizzles, raffles etc to help our teams get to the National Games.

“Over the past six years Special Olympics South Taranaki has become much more professional in its approach and we need some volunteers to come on board who have computer and administration skills to continue its growth, and take it to the next level,” she says.

Special Olympics South Taranaki is looking for volunteers to fill the following roles: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, committee members, Assistant Coaches, and sports assistants.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Videos: Key's Flip-Flop Over Whale Oil Texts | Slater
Reaction: Greens | More
Dim-Post Link: The Very Odd Slightly Left Of Centre

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news