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4364 basketball players

are currently registered with Special Olympics. Basketball is one of the newest sports to be added to our roster.

12 floor hockey players

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

Team Canada

Sport Canada funding key to Special Olympics Team Canada’s success

Special Olympics Team Canada delivered exceptionally strong performances over the course of the 2013 World Winter Games, the largest sporting event in the world this year. Several Special Olympics Team Canada athletes medalled in multiple events, including triple gold medallists Stephen Graham of speed skating and Michael Gilbert of alpine skiing. In total, the team [...]

Special Olympics Team Canada delivered exceptionally strong performances over the course of the 2013 World Winter Games, the largest sporting event in the world this year. Several Special Olympics Team Canada athletes medalled in multiple events, including triple gold medallists Stephen Graham of speed skating and Michael Gilbert of alpine skiing. In total, the team returns to Canada with 109 medals – 44 gold, 44 silver, and 21 bronze – and innumerable personal bests.

In addition to the steadfast determination of Special Olympics Team Canada’s coaches, mission staff, and athletes, Jennifer Campbell, the team’s Chef de Mission, credited Special Olympics Canada’s National Team Program, funded by Sport Canada, for the team’s overall success.

“Special Olympics Team Canada is fortunate for the financial support of the Government Canada which covered key elements of the team’s performance preparation for the world games,” Campbell said. “We were able to hold two training camps per sport and to direct funds to each individual athlete for needs specific to their training.”

The Government of Canada provided $2.9 million in financial support to Special Olympics Canada for the 2012-2013 fiscal year through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program.

Untitled “I wish great success to all the Canadian Special Olympics athletes who will proudly represent our country at the PyeongChang 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “I would also like to thank the coaches, the mission staff, and the volunteers who support and encourage our athletes on this exceptional journey.”

“Our Government is proud to support our Special Olympics athletes, who are a source of pride and inspiration for all Canadians,” Gosal continued.

In addition to training camps and funding for individual training, these funds helped Special Olympics Canada develop a new web reporting tool to assist coaches in tracking and reporting on individual athlete’s training activities. This allowed team coaches and home coaches to work together more closely, as well as monitor progress and identify areas for increased focus for the athletes.

Results showed in our athletes’ performances – they experienced improved fitness, lost weight, and overall progress in making healthy lifestyle choices.