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On target .. Bocce player Vaughan Ford goes for gold.
On target .. Bocce player Vaughan Ford goes for gold.

North Otago’s representatives at a Special Olympics New Zealand regional event in Dunedin last Friday and Saturday produced some top results, winning an impressive 42 medals.

Events included athletics, swimming, basketball, tenpin bowling, football, golf, power lifting and bocce.

A 20-strong team made up of eight swimmers, four tenpin bowlers and eight bocce players – playing in two teams of four – flew the flag for North Otago.

The team won 10 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze medals at the two-day event.

North Otago Special Olympics manager Sue Rudduck, a Special Olympics New Zealand life member, said the athletes, who sported new uniforms at the games, were well prepared, which was reflected in their results.

“The athletes really enjoyed it and they all achieved well. Our swimmers did some personal bests, so I’m delighted.

“It was an absolutely great weekend. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, which is the main thing.”

Special Olympics New Zealand’s main national event, to be held in Wellington next November.

Rudduck said Dunedin was the ideal location for the games.

“It was a really good event. Dunedin certainly has great facilities and it was very well run.”

In action .. Katrina Hewett in the pool at the Special Olympics New Zealand regional event held in Dunedin last Friday and Saturday. PHOTOS: PHIL JANSSEN
In action .. Katrina Hewett in the pool at the Special Olympics New Zealand regional event held in Dunedin last Friday and Saturday. PHOTOS: PHIL JANSSEN