Welcome to the Highlight Reel, a web series all about Special Olympics athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff from across Canada.
The Highlight Reel offers a behind the scenes look at the Special Olympics movement, which is so much more than sport. Through dozens of videos, you’ll experience the heart and soul of Special Olympics and how it fosters inclusion, friendship, health, leadership, strength, determination and confidence within thousands of Canadians with – and without – an intellectual disability.
Join us for this 30-episode series, featuring athletes of all ages, all abilities and all skill levels from Special Olympics programs in local communities, recreation centres, schools and clubs across the country – all of which are driven by extraordinary volunteers.
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At Special Olympics, everything starts at the grassroots level. Athletes and their families find a place within their local Special Olympics community program and learn skills to achieve their personal goals – whether that’s qualifying for competitions, staying active or meeting new people.
At Special Olympics, there’s a place for everyone. A place for athletes to learn, excel and make friends – as well as a place for parents and coaches to do the same. Welcome to Episode Two of The Highlight Reel, featuring Special Olympics Quebec figure skater Émilia Morin-Turcotte and her mother/coach Véronique Morin.
“We are truly changing lives.” Welcome to Episode Three of the Highlight Reel. Find out why coaches, volunteers, athletes and families get involved in their local Special Olympics program.
The Highlight Reel: LIVE
TSN broadcaster, Jennifer Hedger, will be joined by the filmmakers behind The Highlight Reel footage, Helgi Piccinin and Philippe Miquel, as well as Special Olympics Alberta athlete Emma Bittorf (who was featured in Episode One).
Maxime Clavette is a dedicated track and field athlete. When he joined Special Olympics Quebec 12 years ago, he could barely run 100-metres. Today, 3,000-metres is considered “very easy” to the accomplished athlete. This Canadian Down Syndrome Week – and every week – Maxime and his father Serge are asking you to #SeeTheAbility.
For Newfoundland & Labrador’s Michael Budden, Special Olympics is so much more than sport. Get to know this accomplished cross-country skier in Episode 5 of The Highlight Reel.
Ten years ago, Special Olympics Ontario’s Meghan Josling couldn’t walk across a parking lot without having a seizure. Today, she is an accomplished runner and competes in 5,000-metre races. Get to know this inspiring athlete in Episode 6 of The Highlight Reel.
The Highlight Reel: LIVE
Tune into The Highlight Reel: Live with BarDown’s Jesse Pollock! He’s chatting with Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador cross-country skier (from Episode 5 of The Highlight Reel) and his coach Rosemary Ryan.
Find out why these Special Olympics BC twin speed skaters say you should get involved with the movement in Episode 7 of the Highlight Reel.
If you’re involved with Special Olympics, you’ve likely heard the name Peter Snider before. Get to know the man – and family – behind the impressive athlete in Episode 8 of The Highlight Reel.
Special Olympics Ontario – Toronto grassroots programming has changed not only Deeshana’s life – but her whole family’s lives. Learn more in Episode 9 of the Highlight Reel.
Meet Brandon Gibbs, a Special Olympics Ontario coach. He fell into volunteering after university and can't imagine his life without it now. Find out his why in Episode 10 of The Highlight Reel.
Special Olympics welcomes all abilities and all ages. From two years old to 70-plus, there’s a place for you. But don’t take it from us, take it from Special Olympics Alberta's Spencer Stevens.
At Special Olympics Ontario, Ezekiel Liu has found a place where he can say, “I belong here and I matter.” Watch Episode 12 of The Highlight Reel to see how Ezekiel and his Coach/Dad have been keeping up his fitness levels during the pandemic.
Special Olympics Ontario’s Gordie Bilic is the perfect example of what happens every day in our grassroots programs. In episode 13 of the Highlight Reel, meet Gordie and discover the heart and soul of Special Olympics.
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The Highlight Reel wouldn’t be possible without documentary filmmakers Helgi Picinnin and Philippe Miquel. The majority of footage from the Highlight Reel was captured and recorded by Picinnin and Miquel over the past three years, during the making of their soon-to-be released documentary Champions - le film and while capturing other video projects for Special Olympics Canada.
Champions - le film follows Special Olympics Nova Scotia runner Stephane Picinnin (Picinnin’s brother) and Special Olympics Quebec’s Audrey Vincent on their journey from local community programs to the world stage.
Champions – le film is set to be released in select Cineplex theatres in Quebec (and for country-wide streaming) on October 30.
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