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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When Sosena Tezera first discovered that her son Emmanuel had a gross motor delay, it was extremely difficult for her to accept the differences and...
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This June 23 marks the first-ever Differences Day, a day of national recognition meant to celebrate our many differences, brought to you by Rise...
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Special Olympics athletes across the country have had a tough year being away from their regular in-person programming, but they are staying positive...
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When the pandemic put a pause on in-person programming, Special Olympics Alberta was quick to pivot to virtual support with the help of many dedicated volunteers. Together, they created the Provincial Exercise and Activity Knockout Program – known as PEAK – to help athletes stay engaged, connected, active and healthy. The program has now run two eight-week seasons challenging athletes to hit their selected fitness goals and attend virtual sessions to enhance their fitness, mind and health through a variety of activities.
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Crystal Williams has been a part of Special Olympics for the past 16 years. During that time, she’s competed in curling and bocce, volunteered at Provincial Games and even met her now husband, Matthew Williams, who just received recognition as Special Olympics Canada Athlete of the Year in 2020. Needless to say, Special Olympics has had a significant impact in Crystal’s life.
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Special Olympics Canada is thrilled to announce its partnership with The John Tavares Foundation. Through shared ideologies of inclusion, community...
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Crystal Williams est athlète d’Olympiques spéciaux depuis maintenant 16 ans. Pendant cette période, elle a participé aux programmes de curling et de boccia, a fait du bénévolat à des Jeux provinciaux et a même rencontré celui qui est devenu son mari, Matthew Williams, et qui a récemment été nommé Athlète de l’année 2020 d’Olympiques spéciaux Canada. Il va sans dire qu’Olympiques spéciaux a joué un rôle marquant dans la vie de Crystal.
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Special Olympics Canada has partnered with the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP) to produce A Blueprint for Building Quality...
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Special Olympics Canada encourages everyone who has access to the COVID-19 vaccine, to get vaccinated. The vaccine will help protect both you and the...
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Special Olympics Canada (SOC) is excited to announce its roster for the Special Olympics Team Canada (SOTC) 2022 Training Squad. “Naming the SOTC 2022 Training Squad is a beam of positivity and hope in a very uncertain and challenging time,” said Chef de Mission Charity Sheehan. “This opportunity is the pinnacle of years of dedication and hard work by our athletes. I am looking forward to supporting the team on the journey of a lifetime as they reach their full potential.”