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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Molly performs on the ice
When my mom told me, I was so happy! I am so touched and honoured to have been chosen to skate with Olympic athletes!
Stephanie Lachance on the ice
Thank you Tessa and Scott for inviting me and thinking of us, the Special Olympics, and for allowing us to participate in this show alongside great skaters.
Emile on the ice
I practice every single day during the summer for four hours daily. I love solos and I love to perform at shows, I feel happy and proud.
"Alicia Smith smiles looking into the camera."
I am working on a new routine for Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay in February. I skate three days per week and take ballet lessons. I went and trained at Mariposa in Barrie over the summer.
Grace Morris skates on the ice
I'm practicing as much and as hard as I can until the show. I’m going to be keeping Sonny our skate sharpener in business!
Danielle Waters performs on the ice
I skate to “Up Where You Are” by Josh Groban as a tribute to my dad who died six years ago.
David and Nicole sit side by side looking into the camera.
I am very happy and honoured to skate with these great Olympic champions. I have met Scott and Tessa at Skate Canada before and also thought it would be great to be on the ice with them. Awesome!
Sarah Thomas on the ice
I was in the car when mom told me I got picked and mom says that her right ear is still ringing from me squealing so loud.
Nadia Bouillon performs on the ice
Special Olympics gave me the opportunity to experience participation at different levels from competition, while making a ton of new friends along the way.
Hailey Fulford
Athlete: Hailey Fulford Age: 33 From: London, Ont. Rock The Rink performance: October 30 at Budweiser Gardens 1. How long have you been figure skating...