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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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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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Special Olympics Quebec’s Gabriel Dupuy. An athlete for the past eight years, he participates in athletics and Powerlifting. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Special Olympics Ontario’s Monique Shah. She’s been with Special Olympics for 23-years, participating in bowling, bocce, curling, athletics and snowshoeing. She was named Special Olympics Canada’s 2020 Athlete of the Year. Read below for a Q&A as she reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet David Amber, Hockey Night in Canada and NHL host on Sportsnet, as well as a member of Special Olympics Canada’s Champions Network – a group of Olympians, professional athletes, celebrities and sports personalities who support the movement. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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Like many Canadians with an intellectual disability, the COVID-19 pandemic brought Special Olympics Ontario athlete Spring Ding’s busy schedule to a halt. The 17-year-old with Down syndrome is used to an agenda packed with Special Olympics programs like athletics, bocce and basketball as well as dance classes and swimming lessons. When programs were suspended in March 2020, Spring was at a loss without her regular activities and social network.