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Olwyn Humphreys - Head Coach Bocce


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Special Olympics Manawatu Bocce Head Coach Olwyn Humphreys first became involved with Special Olympics “accidentally” 20 years ago. She had moved to a new area and needed to get involved with “something.” A new friend, also recently moved to the area, suggested she might like to get involved with this organisation that Olwyn had not even heard of- and there it began.


 From there Olwyn helped form the Special Olympics Matamata club, then a couple of years later, obviously well and truly hooked, She joined the Manukau club for a few years and now am firmly ensconced in the Manawatu club.


Originally Olwyn helped coach basketball and athletics, but was then asked to consider looking at bocce for the Dunedin Nationals. Once again she became hooked!


Olwyn feels that she had the privilege of going to LA in 2015 as a unified partner at the last World Summer Games. “That was a jaw dropping, eye opening and humbling experience” Olwyn says.


Now she feels very honoured to be selected to go to Abu Dhabi as Head Coach for Bocce, along with Barb and Natasha, who will be paying Bocce as a Unified Pair (Natasha will also compete in the traditional Female Singles).


“Special Olympics enriches lives, not only for our many amazing athletes, but also for coaches/volunteers. We all get to meet so many wonderful people along the way and lifelong friendships are forged” according to Olwyn.


Many of her family and friends have been involved over the years. Olwyn and husband Pete, also an avid Bocce fan, have five daughters and the three that live in NZ have volunteered over the years. Olwyn’s sisters has been involved in various ways and over the last few years “even my husband has been roped in and now is also involved in bocce as an official”.


Now its time to get the grand kids involved!

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