Elaine Willcock

Elaine Willcock

SPORT:  Rhythmic Gymnastics

PROVINCE:  Ontario

How long have you been involved with Special Olympics?

Unofficially, with my daughter for about 18 years. Officially about 14 years.

How is your life different since joining Special Olympics?

I have found so many friends that I never would have met had I not been involved, both athletes and coaches. As I see it is only a matter of believing something can be done and putting the right people together, I have been helpful in ensuring we have more programs in Ottawa.

What do you like most about the sport you will be competing in at Special Olympics World Summer Games Berlin 2023?

Rhythmic Gymnastics is an individual sport. It is the athlete alone on the carpet with her music and apparatus. We get to make these 4 individuals into a team representing Canada!

What is your proudest moment with Special Olympics?

I was the team manager for team Ontario at the 2018 National Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. I think the proudest moment I had was coming home and leading the Ottawa area athletes off the plane and seeing them get a standing ovation from everyone at the airport. They straightened up and walked a lot taller!

What does Special Olympics and attending World Games mean to you?

There are very few people who have the opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage. I am so proud to be a small part of the Training Squad for the World Games.

What is your goal for Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023?

My goal is to ensure my team is not distracted by any outside happening which allows them to bring their best to the competition. That their dreams are realized!