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were brought to Chicago by Harold Smith to represent Canada at the first International Special Olympics in 1968

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with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics programs.

Set to make waves in London

Set to make waves in London
Swimmer Michael Heath hopes to add the title Paralympian to his name when he competes in the Paralympic Games in London later this month. The pride of Woodstock, Ontario has been training extensively with Swim Canada, and will compete in the 100m breaststroke, the 100m backstroke and the 200m freestyle. He has participated in Special Olympics for seven years.

Athletes with an intellectual disability, like Michael, were re-instated into the Paralympic movement by the International Paralympic Committee in late 2009. A member of our own national team in 2011, Heath competed in Athens at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, earning two gold medals for Canada with victories in the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle. He has participated in Special Olympics for seven years.

“The Paralympic Games provide another great competitive opportunity for those athletes like Michael who wish to pursue and commit to additional competition outside of Special Olympics,” said Sharon Bollenbach, vice-president of sport at Special Olympics Canada. “Swim Canada is to be acknowledged for how it has fully supported athletes with an intellectual disability in their journey along the Paralympic pathway.”

We hope his time in London is very successful. Be sure to keep an eye out for Michael and the rest of Team Canada beginning August 29.