Provincial Winter Games

Grand Falls-Windsor & Gander 2023

Special Olympics NL winter games Grand falls-Windsor & GANDER 2023 "RISE AGAIN"

Thursday, March 9 - Sunday, March 12


Our Winter Games logo and theme were created by Special Olympics Athletes and we couldn't be more proud! In 2022 a call out to all Special Olympics athletes went out asking them for logo and theme idea submissions in the form of words, drawings, and paintings, the possibilities were endless. All submissions were compiled and we reached out to athletes again to help vote on what the final product may be.


Submitted by CBS Brightstar's Athlete Leader, Leah McDonald "Rise Again"
"I thought "rise again" or maybe "we rise again" would be a good theme because this is the first provincial games since the covid shutdown. we have been without our sports for a long time, but are excited and ready to bounce back, rise to the occasion and compete." 

In total, we received 11 theme submission ideas, from 8 Special Olympics athletes.


Submissions chosen were created by CBS Brightstar's Athlete Leader, Leah McDonald, and Mt. Pearl Athlete Leader, Megan Martin

Leah submitted artwork suggesting the logo could be a phoenix, pairing it with the theme she suggested "Rise Again".

Phoenix drawing by athlete Leah McDonald
Original artwork submission by Special Olympics NL CBS Brightstar's Athlete Leah McDonald
"As a phoenix rises from the ashes, just like how we are rising up from the challenging pandemic."





Megan submitted artwork titled "The Overcomers".

The Overcomes by Athlete Leader Megan Martin
Original artwork submission by Special Olympics NL Mt. Pearl Athlete, Megan Martin.
"I drew a mountain-themed logo where the people pictured are mounting a flag after climbing a difficult terrain, representing overcoming challenges."





In total, we received 5 logo idea submissions from 5 Special Olympics athletes.

We worked with a graphic designer who combined the logo submission ideas from both Leah and Megan along with the theme and we are thrilled to share the results of our Special Olympics NL Winter Games, Grand Falls-Windsor 2023 Logo & Theme.











5-Pin Bowling - Exploits Lanes

Curling - Gander Curling Club

Cross Country Skiing (Nordic) - Exploits Nordic Ski Club

Floor Hockey - Exploits Valley Intermediate

Snowshoeing - Centennial Field Complex

Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating will take place at alternate locations and dates. 


Opening Ceremonies - Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® and Award Ceremonies - Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts

Award Ceremonies - The Classic Theatre

Athlete Victory Dance - Exploits Valley Intermediate











*For those inquiring about our Provincial Team Program (PTP) Please stay tuned as we are currently working through the athlete identification process for Team NL 2024 and will be contacting individuals directly. A full PTP Roster will be announced later this spring.





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