Jack is an 18-year-old from New Zealand and currently works full-time in preparation for University. Special Olympics has been a part of his life since he was a child as he tagged along for competitions and trainings with his mother, who was a coach.
From a young age, Jack enjoyed spending time with Special Olympics athletes and other volunteers who always made him feel included and welcomed. These experiences fostered Jack’s belief in the power of sports to promote inclusion, where every individual is able to participate in a sport or activity they enjoy. Following his mother’s footsteps, Jack is now an official Special Olympics coach for swimming and basketball since 2015.
In acknowledgement of his leadership potential that extends beyond sports, Jack was selected to represent Special Olympics New Zealand at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Youth for Inclusion Summit in 2019. The Summit has reinforced his firm desire to spread awareness on intellectual disability and inclusion.