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Thirty-two medals for NZ athletes at Special Olympics World Games

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The New Zealand delegation to the Special Olympics World Summer Games is set to return home with a raft of medals after wrapping up their week-long campaign. The NZ team has won a total of 32 medals - five gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze.

The 38 strong delegation competed in swimming, athletics, bocce, equestrian, basketball, bowling, powerlifting and football from 14-21 March at the Abu Dhabi Games, which was the biggest sports and humanitarian event that will be staged anywhere in the world in 2019.

NZ Medal Winners


Dominic Faherty (Wellington) Gold 200m run

Holly Jones (Thames Valley) Bronze Mini Javelin

Silver 100m run

Janiece Pollock (Wellington) Gold 100m run

Gold Long Jump

Kyle Harpur (North Canterbury) Silver Shot Put

Bronze Mini Javelin


Barbara Duncan (Hawkes Bay) Bronze Unified Sports Doubles

Natasha Nicholson (Manawatu) Bronze Singles

Bronze Unified Sports Doubles


David Nixon (Waikato) Bronze Singles

Katie McMillan (Waitakere) Silver Singles

Richard Willmott (Canterbury) Bronze Singles


Alexander Goldsack (Bay of Islands) Bronze Dressage

Amy Batchelor (Canterbury) Silver English Equitation

Silver Dressage

Charlotte Aroa (Waikato) Bronze Dressage

Bronze English Working Trails


James Wilson (Howick-Pakuranga) Silver Squat

Silver Combined Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift

Silver Bench Press

Silver Deadlift


Deshan Walallavita (Te Awamutu) Silver 100m freestyle

Gold 50m butterfly

Liam Bartley (North Otago) Gold 50m butterfly

Bronze 100m freestyle

Libby Sheppard (Manawatu) Bronze 25m backstroke

Melissa Donoghue (Waikato Silver 50m butterfly

Bronze 100m freestyle

Portia Johnson (Te Awamutu) Bronze 50m freestyle

Unity Collins (Te Awamutu) Silver 50m freestyle

4 x 50m relay Silver

Photos are available on Special Olympics New Zealand’s Facebook page.

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