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The Canadian Team Roster for the 2017 Austria World Games has been announced!

posted May 4, 2016, 1:08 PM by Jeff Gall   [ updated May 4, 2016, 1:09 PM ]

Congratulations to all who competed their hearts out in Corner Brook and to all athletes who have qualified to represent Canada at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria! Team Ontario has a strong representation among athletes, coaches, and mission staff alike. 

Athletes from the South West include: Sara Albers (speed skating), Matthew Cormier (snowshoeing), Chris Innes (apline skiing), and Valerie Nyhout (alpine skiing)! We are so proud of you!

Please see the press release announcing Team Canada and the full roster here:

Continue to train hard... we are cheering you on along the journey!

Major Games Cycle

posted Apr 25, 2016, 10:40 AM by Jeff Gall   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 11:20 AM ]

Wondering where we are on the major games cycle? Want to know when the next provincial, national, or World Games will take place? The attachment below provides an overview of all qualifying years for each sport season, as well as Provincial, National and World Games up to and including 2020. 

Stratford & Area Softball Invitational Announced

posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:30 AM by Jeff Gall   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

Stratford & Area has announced that they will be hosting a ‘C’ & ‘D’ Softball Invitational on Saturday, August 27, 2016 (rain date: Sunday, August 28, 2016) at Anne Hathaway Park in Stratford. Please register by August 12, 2016. More information - including how to register - is included in the document attached.

This is sure to be an exciting day for athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators alike. We are looking forward to this event, and we thank Stratford & Area Special Olympics for opening their doors to our Softball athletes!

Stratford & Area Golf Invitational Announced

posted Apr 25, 2016, 8:59 AM by Jeff Gall   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 11:22 AM ]

Stratford & Area have announced that they will be hosting the 2nd Annual Golf Invitational tournament at the Stratford Municipal Golf Course on July 7, 2016 (rain date: Thursday, July 14, 2016). This event it open to athletes of all skill levels and will be "Best Ball" format.   Please see the attached document for more information, including how to register. 

We are looking forward to another great event!  Thank you so much for hosting, Stratford & Area!

New Winter Sport Conferences Announced

posted Oct 29, 2013, 8:27 AM by Jarrod Copland

Recently Special Olympics Ontario introduced Sport Specific Conferencing (see Provincial News Update page 6) Sport Conferencing will promote high quality competition experiences and provide fair and equitable advancement opportunities for athletes. Sport Conferencing also ensures and a more equalized distribution of athletes/teams for each sport across the province

Included in this document you will find a breakdown per sport whereby all registered sports programs have been assigned to a designated conference. Each conference will host one Provincial Qualifier. The Provincial Qualifier must be approved by Special Olympics Ontario. Communities are encouraged to host invitational competitions in addition to the Provincial Qualifiers. Communities who host invitational competitions are encouraged to extend their competition invite outside of their own conference.

 To be eligible for advancement to Provincial Games athletes/teams/coaches must participate in their identified Provincial Qualifier Competition. Quota’s for Provincial Games will be based upon the number of athletes/teams that participated in the Provincial Qualifier in the year preceding the Provincial Games and will be proportionally divided amongst all conferences based on participation numbers at the Provincial Qualifier.  Please note that athletes registered in the adapt divisions are not eligible for advancement to Provincial Games and therefore will not be included in the calculations for quota.


Should you have any questions please contact your District Developer. 

Please see the attached PDF document for the specific sports conferencing. 

Woodstock 10 Pin Bowling Invitational

posted Sep 19, 2013, 7:47 AM by Jarrod Copland

Woodstock 10 Pin Bowling Invitation


Woodstock is holding their Annual 10 Pin Bowling Tournament.


          Date: Saturday, October 19/201

          Place: C & D Lanes, Woodstock, ON   

          Registration: 1:00 PM   

Start: 1:30PM


          Cost: $15.00 per athlete (includes shoes)


Please get back to me before October 10th 2013


Snack Bar in house.


Thank you and I hope to see in Woodstock


Ingrid Newbery

10 Pin Head Coach

284 Glastonbury Dr.

Stratford, ON.  N5A 6B7

Tel. # 519-271-8683

2014 National Summer Games Mission Staff and Coach Applications Posted

posted Sep 18, 2013, 8:48 AM by Jarrod Copland

Applications are now being received for Team Ontario Mission Staff and Coach Positions to attend the 2014 National Summer Games.


The Job Descriptions and Applications are now available by clicking on the following link:


2014 National Summer Games Mission Staff / Coach Application



Application Deadline is October 21st



Anyone applying for the Mission Staff (Sport) or Coach position will be required to upload your NCCP transcript into the online application.  

SOO- Stratford & Area Softball Invitational

posted Jun 18, 2013, 10:13 AM by Jarrod Copland   [ updated Jul 16, 2013, 1:47 PM ]


 ‘C’ & ‘D’ Softball Invitational


Date:              Saturday, August 24, 2013 (rain date: Sunday, August 25, 2013)


Where:           Anne Hathaway Park, corner of Downie and Simcoe Streets, Stratford, ON


Time:              Registration 8:15 am; Opening Ceremonies 8:45 am; Games begin at 9:00 am; (and will continue through until approximately 4:00 pm)


Cost:              $15 per athlete


Rosters:        Communities may register more than 15 athletes per team.  Game line-ups must include a minimum of 10 athletes and are limited to a maximum of 15 athletes.  Only athletes and coaches registered with SOO are permitted to participate.


Lunch:           Lunch will be provided for all registered athletes and coaches (and will be available for purchase (while quantities last!) by others attending the tournament).


Registration Deadline:  August 9, 2013


The following must be received by the Tournament Chair on or before August 9, 2013:


1.         Entry fee cheque (made payable to SOO - Stratford & Area).

2.         A copy of the current Sport Club Verification Report (for each team being registered) with all participating athletes and coaches indicated.

3.         Team contact information (i.e., names, phone numbers (home & cell), e-mail addresses).

Please forward registrations to Tournament Chair Helen Fulton at:


         158 Perth Street,

        Stratford, ON

         N5A 3Y4




           Team acceptance will be confirmed via e-mail.


Space is limited so register early to ensure acceptance!

SOO-Brampton Golf Invitational

posted Jun 18, 2013, 8:24 AM by Jarrod Copland




 REGISTRATION:  12:30 pm, SHOT GUN:  2:00 pm,

CLOSING: 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION FEE:  $10.00 / athlete

Sandwiches:  $5.00 provided at the end of the tournament, purchased in advance with registration




c/o SOO-Brampton 164 Vintage Gate, Brampton, ON L6X 5B3



TVDSB Track Meet a Huge Success

posted Jun 13, 2013, 10:54 AM by Jarrod Copland

Taken from London Community News.Com:

Big Special Olympics filled with bigger sportsmanship

Think the annual Thames Valley District School Board’s (TVDSB) Special Olympics is some small event? Think again.

Just less than 1,000 kids came out for the event at TD Waterhouse Stadium with about half of the number coming out Monday (June 3) for the high school portion of the event and the other half participating Tuesday and Wednesday (June 4 and 5) on the elementary school side of things. In total, 52 schools came out for the three-day event.

That’s a big chunk in the London area, considering 8,000 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered provincially in the school programs of the Special Olympics.

According to Brent Bamford, volunteer coordinator of the TVDSB Special Olympics, the local event is second in athlete with an intellectual disability attendance provincially behind the Ontario Special Olympic Games.

The TDVSB’s version is no small feat to put on with hundreds of volunteers coming out to help make the competition happen and 80 to 90 percent of the helpers returning from the previous year, said Bamford.

“They get so much satisfaction out of the day,” he added about volunteers coming back.

The event is big, but the spirit of sport is probably the biggest thing at the London school meet.

There aren’t too many competitions where the cheer is loudest for the last runner crossing the finishing line or all the long jumpers high-five each other after every try.

With 4,000 ribbons ordered everybody is a winner over the three-days at TD Waterhouse, ranging in your modified track events like the 50-metre dash or specialized challenges anyone could play like a mini-bowling test or a slam dunk contest.

The prize at the end of the challenge is almost secondary at the TDVSB Games.

Laura Gedies, co-chair TVDSB Special Olympics, has plenty of stories about athletes caring about other things then first-place. There’s the one about a girl who traded in her second-place blue ribbon for a pink sixth-place award because it’s her favourite colour. There’s another story about a boy who was way ahead of his friend in a race, but decided to turn around to run alongside his teammate to the finish line.

“You can tell from the feel it’s really positive,” Gedies said. “It really is all for them.”

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