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Global Messengers

Hamish Taverner & Police Commissioner, Howard Broad

Global Messenger Hamish Taverner and Police Commissioner Howard Broad.

Only athletes can effectively relate the impact that Special Olympics has had on their lives and the lives of their families. Global Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who attend workshops and training sessions to learn skills and gain confidence so that they are ready to help spread the message and vision of the movement - as well as the benefits they have gained by participating in Special Olympics.

Global Messengers 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. Global Messengers 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 Global Messenger training are qualified to apply to be an International Global Messenger. Every two years, 12 athletes from around the world are selected to train and serve as International Global Messengers.

Invite a Special Olympics New Zealand Global Messenger to speak to your school, group, organisation or at other venues and events. To book a Global Messenger or to find out more about how to become either a Global Messenger or mentor please contact National Office.

For more information about Global Messengers, contact:

National Office

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