Stories

Sharing the joy of sport

Special Olympics has received many incredible stories from people whose lives have been changed and enriched through sport, friendship, fun and mentorship. Some of those people have been kind enough to share their stories with you.

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I know first-hand what a difference your support makes to Special Olympics athletes – and to the people who love them. If you have a friend or family member who would like to find out more about Special Olympics, please encourage them to get involved. I can promise that it will change their lives like it did ours.
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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month and we are celebrating inclusion in the workplace by hearing from Special Olympics Ontario athlete, Catherine Partlow. Catherine has been an athlete since she was 14-years-old, just two years before she became an employee at Special Olympics Canada’s partner, JYSK.
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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, and we are celebrating inclusion in the workplace by hearing from Special Olympics Nova Scotia athlete, Erin Magee. Erin has been an athlete for more than 16 years and just celebrated her 10-year anniversary working for Sobeys, a proud partner of Special Olympics since 2016.
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My name is Heidi Mallett and I am an athlete from Special Olympics Prince Edward Island. I am excited to share that I have accepted the role of Chair of the Global Athlete Leadership Council. It is a huge honour and a big job to represent Canada and take on this leadership role.
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Dr. Martin Caouette is a Psychoeducator and professor at the Department of Psychoeducation at the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières. As the Self...
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Today marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, we recognize the painful history and impacts of the residential school system, particularly in light of the discoveries of unmarked grave sites at former residential school locations this year. It’s a time to forward our reconciliation efforts to build a better future for all Canadians.
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Record-breaking Powerlifter Jackie Barrett has made history once again as the first-ever Special Olympics athlete inducted in Canada’s Sports Hall of...
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When 17-year-old Eric Dunn took a summer job as a lifeguard in his community of West Island, Montreal, he had no idea it would lead to finding one of his greatest passions and purposes in life.
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In honour of Global Week of Inclusion, Special Olympics is celebrating Champions of Inclusion: individuals leading the charge for respecting and...
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“When I started this, it was all about a boy and his dream. Now, it’s about so much more,” says Special Olympics athlete and international Champion of Inclusion, Chris Nikic.