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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Logan Firmage smile and looks in the camera.
Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador’s Logan Firmage rarely bowls at a bowling alley – but that didn’t stop the 15-year-old from qualifying for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020.
Madalyn, left, stands atop the podium smiling at the camera next to another athlete
Saskatoon’s Madalyn Gramiak has spent many years cheering for her older sister on the soccer field. Now that she’s a Special Olympics Saskatchewan athlete, it’s Madalyn’s turn to be the “superstar” in the family.
Photos of Dereck Boutilier before and after weightloss
Special Olympics Nova Scotia’s Dereck Boutilier always wanted to play floor hockey, but at 302-pounds it just wasn’t possible.
Christine Hoffman's before and after weight loss pictures side by side.
Two years ago, Special Olympics Manitoba five-pin bowler Christine Hoffman weighed nearly 400-pounds and struggled with high cholesterol at just 26-years-old. When she qualified for the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Bowling Championships in Prince Edward Island, she and her coach decided to make some much-needed lifestyle changes.
Logan Wilson poses for a photo with his arms around Special Olympics athletes.
Logan Wilson is a 17-year-old Miramichi, New Brunswick high school student with a passion for Special Olympics. When the Special Olympics New...
Ezekiel in action on the ice
Richmond Hill’s Ezekiel Liu has grown up looking at a photo of his four-year-old self in a Team Canada costume, holding a toy medal from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. While the photo has sat framed in the family’s living room for the past 10 years, they never expected Ezekiel, who has autism, to become a competitive athlete and hold a real medal – until they discovered Special Olympics speed skating.
Maurice Bernier stands with his bowling team for a photo in front of the lanes.
At 74-years-old, the five-pin bowler from Port Alberni will be the oldest athlete competing at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020. At 74-years-old, the five-pin bowler from Port Alberni will be the oldest, most mature athlete competing at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020
Wyatt poses for a photo on the ski hill in an orange snow suit.
At just 13-years-old, Special Olympics Alberta’s Wyatt Oostendorp is the youngest athlete out of more than 800 competitors gearing up for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 in February. The alpine skier is also new to the sport – it’s only his second year on the slopes.
SO Team Canada 2019 golf coach Glenn Cundari hugs one of his athletes.
More than two dozen Special Olympics coaches from across Canada will receive Coaching Excellence Awards at the 2019 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership...
Melanie stands on the first place podium at Canada Games
This is a dream come true to be able to meet and skate with all of the people I watch on TV and inspire me to work hard and have fun skating.