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Special Olympian's Big Lift At World Summer Games

Special Olympian Provides Big Lift At World Summer Games

Power lifter Brett Sutherland (Invercargill) has won gold and three silvers, lifting 372.5kgs (combination of Bench, deadlift & squat) – over four times his own body weight, contributing four of New Zealand’s 11 medals won overnight.

Thanks to Brett’s effort and the rest of the winning athletes, New Zealand now holds 30 medals and six personal bests, with four more days of competition to go.

Special Olympics Executive Director and Head of Delegation for the Games, Chris Hooper says it’s hard to resist celebrating right now, but there are four intense more days to focus on.

“The team is having an absolute ball over here, the atmosphere amongst the team is electric at the moment. We’re meeting athletes and their family and friends from around the world including the Caribbean, France, Botswana and the Middle East,” he said.

Other medal winners from yesterday are bocce players Justin Ashton and George Taylor who both won bronze in their individual events, and equestrian athletes Maria Dixon – silver - and James Farrell, who received his second gold of The Games. The tenpin team kept up it’s winning streak with pairs Helen Coring & Anne Fairhurst receiving a silver in their competition and Steven James & Robert McElwee and Mandy Sandbrook & Lynley North scoring bronze each.

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Medals Table

Gold 10

Silver 12

Bronze 9

Total 19


Event Athlete(s) Results Medal Region

Ten Pin Bowling Women’s four: Anne Fairhust, Helen Coring, Lynley North, Mandy

SandbrookMen’s four:Robert McElwee, Steven Roberts, Steven James, Darren Gordon 10281706 GoldGold TaranakiAucklandWaikatoManawatuAucklandAucklandWaikatoAuckland
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

Equestrian James Farrell TBC Gold Hawkes Bay

Powerlifting (Benchpress) Brett Sutherland 90kg Gold Southland

Swimming(100m Breaststroke) Katrina Hewett 2:23.11 Gold North Otago

Track(400m Walk) William Hussey 02:26.62 Silver Nelson

Track (400 Walk) Murray Johns 02:03.96 Silver Waikato

Swimming(400m Freestyle) Kent Czepanski 6:23.13 Silver Waikato

Swimming(50m Backstroke) Timothy Faith 1.10.85 Silver Horowhenua

Bocce Lincoln Corrono TBC Silver Wairoa

Bocce Men’s pairs:Lincoln CoronnoJustin Ashton TBC Silver WairoaKapiti

Equestrian Nicola Harvey 100.00 Silver Marlborough

Equestrian Maria Dixon TBC Silver Nelson

Tenpin Women’s pairs:Helen CoringAnne Fairhurst 658 Silver TamakiNorth Taranaki

Powerlifting (Squat) Brett Suthlerland 120kg Silver Southland

Powerlifting (Deadlift) Brett Suthlerland 162.5 Silver Southland

Powerlifting (Combination-Bench, Deadlift & Squat) Brett Suthlerland 372.5 Silver Southland

Track (300m run) Duncan Campbell 12:25.04 Bronze Tauranga

Swimming(50 Backstroke) Tania Evans 1.02.42 Bronze Southland

Swimming(100m Freestyle) Chris Joseph 1:20.31 Bronze Wellington

Track(400m Walk) Kaye McMurray 2:54.27 Bronze Christchurch

Swimming - 100m Backstroke Kent Czepanski 1:47.74 Bronze Waikato
Bocce Justin Ashton TBC Bronze Kapiti
Bocce George Taylor TBC Bronze Otago

Tenpin Men’s pairs:Steven JamesRobert McElwee 745 Bronze WaikatoNorth Harbour

Tenpin Women’s pairs:Mandy SandbrookLynley North 531 Bronze ManawatuWaikato

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