We’d usually post a photo of our athlete we write about but this one is right above you on the Blog. You see her everytime you read our Blog.
When Denise Carriere joined Special Olympics she knew the organization would improve her life by making her more physically fit, however she did not realize the additional benefits she would experience by being an athlete. Although Denise enjoys training and competing in soccer her favorite sport is swimming. Her aquatic talents recently took her to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete in the 2010 Special Olympics National Games. Denise not only represented her local Andover Special Olympics Chapter, she was also a member to Team USA and one of 60 representatives from the Commonwealth.
Denise is driven to succeed as an athlete. Her incredible motivation also propels her to accomplish great things in other aspects of her life. Denise is an advocate for Special Olympics as a Global Messenger and has spoken to many companies, organizations and schools about how being an athlete has made her healthier and happier. Denise is also an athlete representative on SOMA’s Board of Directors where she lends her opinions and expertise from an athlete’s point of view.
In 2006 Denise was recognized for her hard work on and off the field when she was inducted into SOMA’s Hall of Fame. Although she has to overcome unique obstacles on a daily basis, Denise stays motivated to be an example of what those with intellectual disabilities can accomplish whether she is in the pool or in a board room.
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