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Last updated 15:21 02/12/2013
Kyle Hodges
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Ten-year-old Kyle Hodges, of Invercargill, sets off in the 4x100m relay race on the last day of competition at the track and field stage of the Special Olympics New Zealand eighth National Summer Games in Dunedin.

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The eighth Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games finished in Dunedin at the weekend.

Hodges was one of the youngest competitors among almost 1200 athletes with intellectual disabilities who had travelled from around the country to compete at the games, which are held every four years. The event is the largest regular sports event for people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand.

Athletes selected from Special Olympics' 46 clubs around New Zealand are competing in Olympic-style sports including aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, indoor bowls, powerlifting, and tenpin bowling.

They were supported by about 400 volunteer coaches and managers, 100 health clinicians, 20 sports officials, and hundreds of family and friends.

The four-day event finished on Saturday at the Edger Centre in Dunedin.

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