Wanaka pair off to Winter Olympics

CHE BAKER
Last updated 05:00 09/01/2013

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A Queenstown-based police officer and a Wanaka snowboarder will take off on the trip of a lifetime next week as they head to South Korea to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Special Olympics New Zealand representative Senior Constable Lynne Donaldson and snowboarder Morgan James, both of Wanaka, will leave on January 19 for Pyeongchang to compete at the 10th Special Olympics games.

Donaldson will coach the New Zealand snowboarding team while James will compete.

The World Winter Games New Zealand delegation comprises 10 athletes and six coaches, assistant coaches and volunteers, who will spend 10 days acclimatising to winter temperatures before the opening ceremony on January 29.

More than 2300 athletes from around the world will compete at the event, being held at the same site as the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Categories include alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, speed skating, figure skating and floor hockey.

It is the second time coaching stint for Donaldson, who attended the Winter Olympics in the United States in 2009.

"It's great being in a team atmosphere and seeing how everyone copes and responds to the trials and tribulations that come with these events," she said.

It will be the sixth time New Zealand has competed.

che.baker@stl.co.nz

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