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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SOPEI Executive Director Charity Sheehan poses for a photo with two Special Olympics athletes.
Special Olympics PEI Executive Director Charity Sheehan (centre). Special Olympics Prince Edward Island Executive Director Charity Sheehan is a self...
Special Olympics BC athlete Marc Theriault performs on the ice.
I truly appreciate this opportunity which I will cherish for the rest of my life -- it is truly a great gesture on their part to have included Special Olympics as part of the programming and I look forward to showing everyone what I have achieved in figure skating over the years.
Special Olympics BC figure skater Alex Pang performs on the ice
What I like about Special Olympics is that it does not limit any disabilities, we are treated the same. All coaches, volunteers, and supporters have so much patience and always helps us to go beyond our greatest expectations. Skills we never expected to achieve is possible.
Ray Huson with Special Olympics BC athletes
Penticton’s Ray Huson is known around Special Olympics BC for his infectious smile. The experienced snowshoe, cross-country and bocce coach started volunteering with Special Olympics in 1995.
Ray Huson with Special Olympics BC athletes
Penticton’s Ray Huson is known around Special Olympics BC for his infectious smile. The experienced snowshoe, cross-country and bocce coach started volunteering with Special Olympics in 1995.
Coach Blake Fenwick poses for a photo at the baseball diamond.
Toronto’s Blake Fenwick was introduced to Special Olympics when he was just 15-years-old. Looking to complete his required community service hours for high school – he only had 10 hours left of the 40-hour requirement – he was connected with the Etobicoke Eagles softball team.
Emma Bittorf performs on the ice.
Athlete: Emma Bittorf Age: 16 From: Strathmore, Alberta Rock The Rink performance: October 19 at Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat, AlTA. 1. How long...
Special Olympics Ontario athlete Tim Goodacre skates on the ice.
Athlete: Tim Goodacre Age: 34 From: Dundas, Ont. Rock The Rink performance: November 2 at Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ont. 1. How long have you...
Special Olympics Alberta athlete Meg Ohsada poses on the ice
Athlete: Meg Ohsada Age: 25 From: Canmore, AB Rock The Rink performance: October 10 at Westerner Park Centrium in Red Deer, Alta. 1. How long have you...
Special Olympics Ontario athletes at The Peanut Butter Falcons creening
On August 22, more than 200 Special Olympics athletes, volunteers and family members packed a Cineplex theatre in Toronto for a private screening of critically acclaimed film The Peanut Butter Falcon.