Edition One - August 2016
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Three months to go...

There is now just over three months to go until athletes from across New Zealand and Australia converge on Hamilton for the third Trans Tasman Tournament.

A total of 557 athletes have registered for the event, 393 from New Zealand and 164 from Australia.

The Tournament will officially open on Friday 25 November, 2016 with Opening Ceremonies at each of the competition venues. 8.30am for swimming (Waterworld) and 9.45am for athletics (Porritt Stadium). Tournament Headquarters will be the Distinction Hotel, which is where the Closing Ceremony will be held followed by the much awaited disco!

Important Competition Information

The competition schedule for both swimming and athletics has now been confirmed - download the schedule from our website.  As the order of events are now in place, coaches will be given “one opportunity only” to change their athletes events (for example because a runner/swimmer may have back to back events with little/no recovery time).

Any changes must be received by 15th September, after which time events will be locked in.
Coaches have until 1st October to update relevant Times/Distances, after which time heats will be divisioned based on the data submitted.

The exception to the above is the 800 and 1500 meter freestyle (swimming) and the 5,000 meter (athletics) where coaches have until 30 minutes before these races to make any changes, given these are straight finals. Coaches are reminded that we will be using Performance Improvement Declarations at this Trans Tasman event that should be submitted after the heats are run/swum.
Coaches should also note that to allow a break between a couple of the longer races, we will now swim the 200 Individual medley in the 50 meter pool.
Relay changes for both swimming and athletics can be made up to 30 minutes before the start of that relay, this enables coaches to make changes to the 'make up' of the relay team (including athlete positions), after this time no changes will be allowed.
 A “Tools & Tips” document for both sports will be circulated to all coaches in due course to provide assistance in their event preparations. Please direct any enquiries to Mike Ryan.

Introducing Jocelyn

Jocelyn Smith of Green Apple Event Management has joined our team working on plans for the Trans-Tasman Tournament, we are thrilled to have her on board!
Jocelyn describes herself as having a warm, outgoing personality coupled with a commitment to efficiency. She thrives on putting all the pieces in place to ensure a successful event, and loves seeing the smiles on people's faces when the event is happening.
She and her husband Murray live in a hillside suburb of Lower Hutt; she loves getting puffed walking up a steep track most days. She's on the team of her church's Mainly Music programme and makes time each week to catch up with her six grandchildren.
She spent four years working with CCS on the 'Kids up the Road' disability awareness programme and has worked as a teacher aide with a child with Down syndrome. Having a grandson who has an intellectual disability, she appreciates the joys and challenges of supporting him and his family on life's journey.

Have you contacted Jocelyn to let her know whether you have any special requirements for accommodation or catering? If not please contact her by 9am next Tuesday, 30 August. If you don’t have any special requirements, please still send an email to let her know so she can cross your team off her list. - thank you! Contact Joceylyn.

Share your stories! We would love to hear about your team, interesting stories about training, challenges faced, achievements...email Angela Day.
Porritt Stadium
College Hall Accommodation
No Healthy Athlete Programme at the Trans Tasman Tournament - due to funding only being available to NZ athletes it has been decided rather than 'separate out' teams HAPs won't be offered at this event, thank you for your understanding.
Families Programme

As a city, Hamilton is very excited to be hosting the third Trans Tasman Tournament and Special Olympics New Zealand are looking forward to friends and families travelling to the region to support their athletes. 

In order to help us provide you with the necessary information and resources we ask that family members and friends register with the Trans Tasman Tournament’s Organising Committee prior to the Games. 

Deadline for registering for the Families Programme is 24 September, 2016, visit our website for more information and to download the registration form.

Event Merchandise

What better way to remember an event than merchandise that you can take home with you! Special Olympics NZ are planning an exciting range of items that you will be able to pre-order in the next few weeks. Items will also be available at the event, however you will receive a discount for pre-ordering so make sure you get in early. More details to follow soon!

Spotlight on Australia

Our fellow athletes across the Tasman are training hard and are super excited about making the trip to Hamilton for this event! Meet some of their athletes...


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