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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The Pooran family stand for a p hoto at the Natalie Pooran Memorial Track Meet
Special Olympics Ontario athletes and sisters Natalie and Nerissa Pooran did everything together.
Heather Miller playing bocce
“I love leadership,” said Miller. “I’ve been doing speeches, I’ve been fundraising at events. I’m very busy and that’s what I like – to be busy.” Before joining Special Olympics in 2007, she had a lot of free time – too much.
Unified Bocce Team from Sault Ste Marie pose for a photo in Toronto
Unified brings together people with and without an intellectual disability on the same team with one simple principle in mind: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
2019 Special Olympics Dognut
Meet 26-year-old Tori Ranson, a longtime Special Olympics athlete and this year’s creator of the Special Olympics donut sold at participating Tim...
Tori and her dognut
Tori Ranson, 26, is a well-known and valued member of her Georgetown, Ontario community. The 26-year-old Special Olympics athlete can’t visit her...
Julia Kostecki performs.
Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, IGA, Urban Fresh and Foodland stores across Canada (excluding Quebec) raised a record $930,000 for Special Olympics...
Lenoka competing in Shotput
Growing up with an intellectual disability, Calgary’s Leonka Kaluha felt judged and bullied. Throughout high school, she was told she wasn’t fast...
ashley at the winter games
Campbell River’s Ashley Adie has been a Special Olympics athlete for 16 years and a Thrifty Foods employee since December 2018. At Special Olympics...
Brian McNab up to bat for Sobeys
Prince Edward Island’s Brian McNab, 47, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 15 years, competing in softball and floor hockey. He’s also one of...
Brandon and his fathers
In honour of all dads everywhere, we’re sharing Brandon Vansickle’s inspiring story about how his neighbours, turned Dads, turned Special Olympics...