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Another 16 Medals Overnight

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Another 16 Medals Overnight

New Zealand has won 16 more medals at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, including six golds, taking their total to 19 in just three days of competition.

Special Olympics Executive Director and Head of Delegation for the Games, Chris Hooper, says the achievement is incredible.

“We feel like we really have struck gold! For the first week the team was having a lot of trouble with jetlag, but nothing’s holding us back now,” he said.

Bocce players Catherine Boyle and Julie Trail (both from Wanganui) won gold in their singles bocce divisions, Lance Dempsey (Horowhenua), Maria Dixon (Nelson) and James Farrell (Hawkes Bay) won gold in their working trail equestrian events, and Katrina Hewett (Oamaru) won her gold in the 100m women’s breaststroke.

The talented team now also boasts seven silver and four bronze medals in a variety of sports including bocce, athletics, aquatics and equestrian. Adding to the two golds and one bronze awarded on Monday, the team is certainly making its mark at the Games.

“Our motto: Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt, is something Special Olympians always stand by,” said Hooper.

“Even if the team had won no medals at the Games we would still be proud of them, but our success certainly is good news!”

For detailed information on the 2003 Special Olympic World Summer Games you can also visit –

Medals Table
Gold Silver Bronze Total
8 7 4 19

Event Athlete(s) Results Medal Region
Ten Pin Bowling Women’s:
Anne Fairhust, Helen Coring, Lynley North, Mandy Sandbrook

Robert McElwee, Steven Roberts, Steven James, Darren Gordon

1706 Gold


Bocce Catherine Boyle TBC Gold Wanganui
Bocce Julie Trail TBC Gold Wanganui
Equestrian Lance Dempsey 131.00 Gold Horowhenua
Equestrian Marion Dixon 148.00 Gold Nelson
Equestrian James Farrell 141.00 Gold Hawkes Bay
(100m Breaststroke) Katrina Hewett 2:23.11 Gold North Otago
(400m Walk) William Hussey 02:26.62 Silver Nelson
(400 Walk) Murray Johns 02:03.96 Silver Waikato
(400m Freestyle) Kent Czepanski 6:23.13 Silver Waikato
Bocce Lincoln Corrono TBC Silver Wairoa
(50m Backstroke) Timothy Faith 1.10.85 Silver Horowhenua
Equestrian Nicola Harvey 100.00 Silver Marlborough
Track Duncan Campbell 12:25.04 Silver Tauranga
(50 Backstroke) Tania Evans 1.02.42 Bronze Southland
(100m Freestyle) Chris Joseph 1:20.31 Bronze Wellington
(400m Walk) Kaye McMurray 2:54.27 Bronze Christchurch
Swimming - 100m Backstroke Kent Czepanski 1:47.74 Bronze Waikato

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