Erin Thom holds up her silver medal.
Erin Thom holds up her silver medal on Wednesday.


  • Team Canada is bringing home more than 150 medals from the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
  • After four days on the course, SO Team Canada golfers earn seven medals.
  • SO Team Canada Powerlifters add seven to their impressive medal count.
  • All competitions concluded with Powerlifters, rhythmic gymnasts, golfers, bocce players, swimmers and track and field athletes competing in their final events.


Special Olympics Team Canada’s youngest athlete is heading home from the 2019 World Games with a silver medal in hand. Emma Bittorf already has her sights set on the next Special Olympics World Games in 2023.


March 20: 41 medals go to SO Team Canada:

  • Golfers bring home three gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
  • Swimmers earned two gold and three silver medals.
  • Track and field athletes are bringing home two gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
  • Bocce players – both men and women – added two more silver medals to their hardware count.
  • Powerlifters Christine Sullivan and Michael Bandler earn a combined seven medals.
  • Roy Paynter, aquatics: Gold, 100-metre backstroke
  • Bobbi-Lyn Cleland, aquatics: Silver, 50-metre backstroke
  • Aquatics, 4x50-metre freestyle, female: Gold
  • Aquatics, 4x50-metre individual medley relay, male: Silver
  • Maxime Duguay, athletics: Silver, 10K
  • Jessica Larrivee, athletics: Bronze, 10K
  • Audrey Vincent, athletics: Gold, 800-metre
  • Athletics, 4 x100-metre relay, ladies: Gold
  • Athletics, 4 x 100-metre relay, men’s: Silver
  • Emma Bittorf, golf: Silver
  • Kyle Grummet, golf: Bronze
  • Richard Buck, golf: Silver
  • Krista Stockman, golf: Silver
  • Erin Thom, golf: Silver
  • Tess Trojan, golf: Gold
  • Kyle Koopman, golf: Gold
  • Neil MacDonald & Philip Bialk, bocce: Silver, men’s doubles
  • Ava (Nikita Williams) & Kerry Lane, bocce: Silver, women’s doubles
  • Michael Bandler, Powerlifting: Two gold, two silver
  • Christine Sullivan, Powerlifting: Two silver, one bronze

Schedule for Thursday, March 21:

  • Athletes rest and gear up for the Closing Ceremony Thursday night!
  • SO Team Canada flies home Saturday, March 23.