NZ Special Olympics Summer Games – Part 2

NZ Special Olympics Summer Games – Part 2


How often do you clean your teeth? Every day and night. That’s a good girl and do you have any pain
in your mouth at all? No. I’d like to have a look in your mouth, is
that OK? OK. Drew’s dental checks are part of the Healthy
Athletes Programme, a scheme that ensures all 1500 athletes here get specialist checks
of their sight, hearing and even their feet. It’s all done by volunteers from the medical
profession. I came up from Masterton from the Wairarapa
and we came on Wednesday with a girlfriend of mine from work and we thought we would
give our time and service. I’m a volunteer, I belong to the Rongotira
District Lions Club, we have many members in here that have given our time over the
last three to four days in doing this. We work in an early childhood centre and we’ve
always had a passion for children with special needs and thought it would be an extension
from that and just to come up and be a part of something that’s really really awesome. You’ve just got a wee bit of wax down there. The initiative was started in the US 13 years
ago. It’s been found that many children and adults with intellectual impairments aren’t
aware that they have medical problems. At this event 420 athletes were identified as
having hearing problems, 340 sets of glasses were prescribed. Today we had our eyes tested and my eyesight
is good so they gave me the clear. These are cool man, it’s like you get to
choose your sunglasses. When they get a pair of glasses for the first
time and they put them on and they can see or they have their ears checked and suddenly
they can hear so both on and off the sports field it’s about making improvements to
their lives. I had my feet, my hearing and my eyes checked. There’s probably no better reward than actually
being here and seeing the athletes and seeing what’s happening in their lives over these
last few days. Drew’s Hibiscus Coast mates are about to
compete. 26 year old Steven Just is the only bloke in the Hibiscus Coast team. Like the
others he’s determined to have a medal around his neck by the end of the event. He’s already earned silver, now it’s gold
in the long jump that has his standing proudly on the podium. Over at the Freyberg pool Jessica Wumack is
about to compete in her final race of the day – the 25 metre butterfly. She’s been training for about a year I think,
she’s done ribbon days and regional competitions and then we’ve gone to this. Take your marks!! I’m very proud of her, the fact that she
can even do butterfly I think is fantastic because it’s hard. With all the results in the focus turns to
Drew – has all the training paid off? Silver. This is the moment that can’t be
filmed. Well done. So all that performance about you
not wanting to ride and you’ve got gold and silver…. Well done. Gold, silver and fourth. And in first place, no second we have a tie
for first place so the winner of the gold medal Timothy Fitzsimmon from Christchurch
and Drew Laybourn from Hibiscus Coast. Drew I’m so absolutely proud of her, she’s
just stepped up to the mark on a different horse, different area, completely foreign
territory for her and she just took it all in her stride so it’s just amazing that
she’s managed to do it. And in first place winner of the gold medal
– Rebecca Wootten.

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