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PO Box 38344, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045

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Pelorus Trust Sports House, 93 Hutt Park Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt 5010
 

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Email: admin@specialolympics.org.nz

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Regular COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) update. Last updated 31 March 2020.

Updated: 7 days ago

To ensure we continue to do our part to stamp out COVID-19, all training and events are cancelled until further notice.


We haven't taken this decision lightly but feel it’s the best way to protect the wellbeing of our athletes, volunteers, coaches and staff. The world is fighting a very serious illness that has spread rapidly in other countries.


Our senior management team are meeting daily to discuss the current and changing situation and are consulting with Special Olympics International and Sport New Zealand to decide what's best for our organisation.


The latest Ministry of Health information and guidance can be found here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus


Upcoming club meeting


SONZ kapa (team) is still active and everyone is at “work” each day from their home office.

We are really mindful that people may have questions for us around what is going to happen when the rahui (lockdown) is lifted.


To support clubs, we're offering a video call with all clubs on Monday, 6 April 2020 at 5pm.


The meeting is available to all volunteers and coaches to attend. Please get in touch with your RSC for the zoom meeting link and send any questions to them prior to the meeting so we ensure we answer as many questions as possible.


We're planning a live Facebook session for our athletes in a couple of weeks.

We look forward to connecting with everyone next Monday. In the meantime, please stay safe and do reach out if there is anything we can do to help.


Your wellbeing


We hope you’re managing to stay well — both physically and mentally — during this tough time. We're continuing to add resources to the Healthy at Home page to help fuel your creativity!


We know our athletes will be struggling with the change in routine and lack of connection to their friends.


We encourage athletes, coaches and volunteers to stay connected with each other.

  • Athlete Leaders: please continue to connect with other athletes in your clubs and keep up your awesome work spreading positivity.

  • Get out of the house, go for a walk and do exercise at home or wherever you are! We’ll stay connected through social media with positive posts and fun ideas to stay happy and healthy while we can’t get to our training and events. We’re all in this together.

  • Our new health ambassadors are producing videos: we’ll post these on social media and our website so you can follow along with their tips wherever you are.

  • Check out the Fit5 guide for lots of exercises and health tips.

  • Reach out to us if you need help or support. We’re still all here for each other even when we aren’t in the same location.

  • Message us on social media or add the hasthags #SONZPositivity and/or #Fit5 with your health tips and positivity for us to share with our community!

  • To keep up to date on the latest developments about COVID-19, there is a website with good, clear information: covid19.govt.nz

It's more important than ever to stay connected. Call and text each other, and reach out to SONZ and the wider community on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram.


Kia kaha, kia manawanui. Stay strong and remain steadfast 💪💞

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