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Since 2007, JYSK has been running in-store campaigns to raise funds and increase awareness of Special Olympics so we can reach even more Canadians with an intellectual disability and their families. This year’s campaign, Champions Start at Home will launch on August 30th  and run through to September 30 with proceeds going to support the growth of Special Olympics in communities across Canada.

Please visit your local JYSK store to donate. Click on the link to find an Ontario store location near you:



Special Olympics Canada Announces Its
26th Annual 2014 National Award Recipients

Special Olympics Canada is honoured to announce the winners of this year’s Special Olympics Canada national awards to be presented at the Special Olympics Festival Gala in Toronto. The national awards program, currently in its 26th year, highlights the achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers, who have made a difference in the Special Olympics movement. Special Olympics Ontario is thrilled to recognize the honourees, especially the three award recipients from Ontario! Congratulations to Stephen Graham, Nicole Fergusan and Bob Nicholson on their accomplishments!


Special Olympics Canada national award winners:

Male Athlete of the Year – Stephen Graham, ON
Dr. Frank Hayden Award – Nicole Ferguson, ON
Harry “Red” Foster Award – Bob Nicholson, ON

Female Athlete of the Year – Samantha Currie, MB
Female Coach of the Year – Tanya Smith, NL
Male Coach of the Year – TBD
Team of the Year – D’Bears, MB
Jim Thompson Award – Darren Whitehead, SK
Festival Volunteer of the Year – Lorraine LeClair, NB
Rob Plunkett LETR – TBD
Dr. Frank Hayden Award – Joint winners Nicole Ferguson, ON and Brita Hall, MB
Harry “Red” Foster Award – Bob Nicholson, ON


Provincial Convenor Announcement 

Special Olympics Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of the Provincial Convenors.

The Provincial Convenors will be responsible for working with Special Olympics Ontario and the Conference Convenors to enhance the competition opportunities in their sport and to further the Sport Development and Strategic Plans.

Click here to read more and see list of convenors


2015 Special Olympics Ontario
Provincial Winter Games
District Training Squads

Special Olympics Ontario is proud to announce District Training Squads for the 2015 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games. The Provincial Games will be held in North Bay from January 29-February 1, and will host over 425 athletes, coaches and mission staff from across the province. It is a qualifying event for the 2016 National Winter Games which will be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Click HERE for detail.

Coaches are vital to the success of sports. Their dedication to the team and commitment to athletic improvement help all athletes thrive.It is time to show our appreciation to Coaches and thank them for their patience, devotion and hard work!  Nominate a  Coach to be recognized at the Coaching Excellence Awards, September 20th, 2014 as part of Ontario Coaching Week. The deadline to nominate has been extended to August 15, 2014. Click here to find out more and nominate your Coach today!

 Team Ontario Excels at
The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games were truly an inspirational and memorable sporting experience! All members of Team Ontario showed their personal best, both on and off the field.  Our province was well-represented by the athletes: Team Ontario won a total of 437 medals!  Not only did their athletic abilities shine, but their sportsmanship and positive attitudes attracted fans across the country.  We would like to thank all the coaches and mission staff, volunteers, friends, family members and supporters for helping Team Ontario #BringItON! To learn more about the past week, please go to:



Team Ontario athletes, coaches, mission staff and many family members have now arrived safely in Vancouver.  Opening Ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, July 8th at 7 p.m. at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

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Figure Skating Announcement 

We are pleased to announce the four Figure Skating athletes and coach that will be representing Special Olympics Ontario and Team Ontario at the 2015 Canada Winter Games that will take place in Prince George, BC from February 13 – March 1, 2015. 

Julia  Romualdi (Timmins Porcupine Figure Skating Club, Timmins)
Nadia Bouillon (Walden Figure Skating Club, Sudbury)
Jack Fan (Goulbourn Skating Club, Ottawa)
Thomas Babcock (Skate Kingston, Kingston)

Cathy Skinner  Goulbourn Figure Skating Club, Ottawa

The Canada Games is an amazing experience for any athlete. Special Olympics athletes at past Canada Games have produced some amazing results which provided huge point contributions to Team Ontario winning the Canada Games Flag.

We believe these four athletes will have the same contribution to Team Ontario and look forward to seeing them compete against other Special Olympic athletes from across Canada.

Congratulations to our Figure Skating Athletes and Coach.

For more information about the 2015 Canada Games:

For more information on Team Ontario:

It is with pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2014 Provincial Sports Awards. Thank you to the selection committee (made up of three board members and one past sport award recipient) for taking time from their busy schedules to help in the selection process. It is not always an easy task, but we are very fortunate to have the involvement of a great selection committee.

The recipients are all well-deserved and have been notified of their award. Please click here for the official announcement presenting the final recipients.  


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