EDITOR’S NOTE: The following post is a guest blog post from Kelly Wren, a Health Ambassador for Special OlympicsAustralia.
I play an active role promoting healthy nutrition and lifestyle to Special Olympics Australia coaches and athletes. I started in Special Olympics in 1995. I am an athlete, my main sport is tennis. I’m a Junior Development tennis coach and coach people with a disability, both adults and young people. I volunteer at a young athlete program at my local club which I really enjoy, the participants have the opportunity to do different activities and I teach tennis. The kids have heaps of fun and it is good to be a part of the program.
I have been to three Special Olympics World Games and tennis has given me the opportunity to travel the world. I have made heaps of friends on my travels and in Australia as well. I have also been to three Inas Global Games representing my country in tennis. I also sit on the Global Sports Recourse team for tennis (SRT). I have a full-time job at a Sports Store working in the back of the house where I’m responsible for pricing and security of items. I have been in this role for 15 years.
I really enjoy participating as an athlete and coach in Special Olympics Australia. I was thrilled to be appointed as a Health Ambassador as I have always lead a healthy lifestyle and am keen for other athletes to do the same.
The Healthy Athlete program is a great program and it was wonderful to see so many athletes from all over the world take part in the program at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. I was very honoured to speak at the opening of the Healthy Athlete program the Games. I have done Fun Fitness as an athlete at my last World Games in 2011 in Athens. I like Fun Fitness because the activities allow you to test your strengths and flexibility. As an athlete it is good to know your strengths and weaknesses as it helps you focus on what you need to work on. I developed daily routines to increase my flexibility and strength which had a positive impact on my tennis.
The reason I wrote this guest post is that I want to encourage my fellow athletes to adopt a healthy lifestyle, eating wholesome foods and doing daily exercise. I’m here to help you!