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SPORTS AND COMPETITION

Official Sports
There are currently 18 official sports offered by Special Olympics Ontario. Each sport is designated as Spring, Summer and Winter sports offerings.

 Spring

 Summer

Winter 

 5 Pin Bowling

 Athletics

 Alpine Skiing

 10 Pin Bowling

Bocce

 Curling

Basketball 

Golf

 Figure Skating

 Powerlifting

Soccer

Floor Hockey 

Rhythmic Gymnastics

 Softball

 Nordic Skiing

Swimming

 

 Snowshoeing

 

 

Speed Skating

ONTARIO SPECIAL OLYMPICS COMPETITION STRUCTURE

The fundamental difference which sets Special Olympics competitions apart is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate and every athlete is recognized for his or her performance. Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions.

Similar to other sports organizations, Special Olympics competitions are structured to provide opportunities for increasingly challenging competitions. This means that recreational and competitive athletes will have the opportunity to compete at a community level with the opportunity to advance to Regional, Provincial, National or even World competitions based on qualifying criteria.

Regional
Regional competitions are open to all athletes within their own region. Local competitions are hosted under the guidance of the Regional Competition Manager who is responsible for ensuring that the organization and quality of the competition meets the standards established by Special Olympics Ontario. Top athletes in each pool that participate in their Regional competition earn a chance to qualify for a Provincial competition.

Regional and Community Competitions include:

  • Friendlies
  • Invitationals
  • Virtual Competitions
  • Provincial Qualifiers

Provincial
Provincial Games are held on a rotating basis over a four-year period. Athletes based on age, gender, performance and regional endorsement are selected from Provincial Games to advance to National Games. Special Olympics athletes who compete in lower and middle skill levels have an equal opportunity to advance to a higher level of competition as those athletes who have participated in a more advanced skill level. To ensure that this is so, athlete advancement is determined by an individual's performance relative to his/her peers of equal skill level. Once Team Ontario members are announced, competitors will be registered in events according to their results achieved at the Provincial Games in the year preceding National Games.

National and World
National Games are held every two (2) years on a rotating basis (Summer & Winter). Athletes are selected from the National Competition to advance to World Games also held every two years on a rotating winter and summer basis as well. For more information on National or World games respectively, please visit Special Olympics Canada or Special Olympics International.






 
 
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