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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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.
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!