It was an incredible evening of support and celebration as Special Olympics Saskatchewan hosted their fourth annual Celebration of Champions on April 7th. The Celebration of Champions is aimed at showing appreciation for sponsors and supporters of Special Olympics activities throughout Saskatchewan.
Tyler Piercy-Servant, one of Special Olympics Swift Current’s amazing swimmers recently completed his Athlete Speaker training and had the opportunity to co-emcee our Celebration of Champions event with Mike McGuire. Mike McGuire, is the morning show host for Big Dog 92.7 and is a valuable member of the Special Olympics Saskatchewan family. Both Tyler and Mike did a fantastic job with helping our event run smoothly, energetically, and professionally. We heard incredible words from Kim Davy the co-chair of the motionball Marathon of Sport. Kim shared her stories about the partnership between Motionball and Special Olympics Saskatchewan and the growth she has seen in the athletes over the years. Moose Jaw Chief of Police, Rick Bourassa, spoke about the partnership with Special Olympics Saskatchewan and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which is the largest grassroots fundraiser that aids in public awareness. Cheif Bourassa has been a huge support in the recent revitalization of LETR in Saskatchewan.
The evening’s theme, Connected to the World, captioned how the magic that happens here, in Saskatchewan, in our communities, every day, is so much more than just sport. Our athletes are blessed with so many talents, in and outside the sporting world. Some Special Olympics Saskatchewan athletes joined us to share their experiences competing in the World Winter Games in Austria and show off their medals. Lindsay Markwart a bowling and bocce athlete, led grace before supper and the entertainment. The evening’s entertainment featured Brayden McNeill and the Special Olympics Regina Rhythmic Gymnastics team. Brayden is a Special Olympics Regina athlete that shared his amazing musical talents on the guitar and the Special Olympics Regina Rhythmic Gymnastics showcased their talents through group and individual performances.
The true stars of the evening were, of course, our sponsors. Special Olympics Saskatchewan cannot put into words the gratitude and appreciation we have towards those who continue to support Special Olympics and help us grow. If it weren't for the sponsors who filled the chairs and those who couldn't make it, we wouldn't be where we are today.
Overall, the evening was fantastic and Special Olympics Saskatchewan would like to thank everyone that came, we look forward to seeing everyone next year.