2 Feb 2024

First NZer named as Special Olympics Global Ambassador

From Afternoons, 1:15 pm on 2 February 2024

Grace Payne is a special Olympian. She was born with autism and has spent her childhood working hard as both an athlete and leader to get disabled people included in sport.

Every four years, only 10 athletes from the 5.6 million registered athletes with an intellectual disability are chosen to as spokespeople for the Special Olympics,

Grace has just been chosen as a Special Olympics Global Messenger and she is the FIRST New Zealander to be selected for the role.

Jesse speaks to Grace.

Grace Payne

Grace Payne Photo: supplied