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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:04 pm

LISTEN: Tauranga team ace it in the pool

Dec 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Latest News, Sport

Smiles, splashes and pride filled the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre as swimmers competed in the finals at the Special Olympics National Summer Games today.

The Tauranga team did well in the 200 metre freestyle event winning four gold medals including two in a row as well as silver and bronze medals.

Couch Coach Pat Wakeland says the competition excites the swimmers and pushes them to higher levels of performance.

The coach competition also helps the disabled athletes find confidence and identity in the face of hardship and discrimination.

The annual summer games were started in Lower Hutt in 1983 by Grant and Wendy Quinn and include over 3,000 athletes in 11 sports.

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