Justin Chippendale

Special Olympics Team BC 2020: Snowshoeing
Justin Chippendale

Special Olympics BC Local:




When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?

I was first introduced to Special Olympics in 2006 through my youth social worker. I did not find my true sport passion until 2012 when I tried track and field, followed by snowshoeing.  

Will these be your first Special Olympics Canada Games? If not, which other National Games did you compete in, and in what sports?

Yes! So exciting! 

What were your results in the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games? How did you feel about your performance?

I finished with silver in the 100m and gold in both the 200m and 400m races. I also ran the 4 x 100m relay on two separate teams finishing with silver and gold. I felt really proud of myself for accomplishing such big goals.  

What does it mean to you to be part of Special Olympics Team BC 2020?

Exciting! I feel like it's the perfect opportunity to show my true potential. 

What is your goal for these National Games?

To train hard, set new personal bests, and get to the World Games in 2021.  

What does competing at National Games mean to you?

It means the world to be a part of Team BC. There is nothing more I dream of than showing my friends and family that I can push myself to the absolute limit and run as fast as I can.

What do you like most about the sport you will compete in at National Games?

Snowshoeing was a new sport to me and I like trying new things. I like running and being outdoors in the fresh air and beautiful scenery.  

What is your favourite Special Olympics experience to date?

Being on the podium to receive my medals at the Provincial Winter Games in front of friends and family in Vernon.  

What would you tell someone about Special Olympics to encourage them to get involved?

Special Olympics is fun and exciting. It's not about winning or losing, but about challenging yourself and putting in your best effort and trying.  

What other Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Track and field as well as Club Fit. 

Please tell us a little bit more about yourself! What else would you like people to know about you?

That I'm a great guy and caring friend. I'm a hard worker, conscientious and diligent. Special Olympics has given me confidence, purpose, and balance in my life.  

What is one word you would use to describe yourself? :)