Cheer on the Athletes!
Every week, 1,700 athletes, 500+ coaches and 150 officials from Amherst to Sydney to Yarmouth promote inclusion, dignity, respect and acceptance through sport. Read on about the exciting trip to Austria happening to these Special Olympic athletes:
Special Olympics Team Canada will consist of 110 athletes, 35 mission staff and coaches, 2 team managers and 1 Chef de Mission, and will be competing in 6 different sports in Austria. Team Canada athletes were selected based on their performance at the recent Special Olympics Cana
da 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Over 650 Special Olympics athletes from across Canada competed at those Games, vying for a spot on Special Olympics Team
The 2017 Games will host over 3,000 athletes and 1,100 coaches from 110 countries and 3,000 volunteers will help ensure the Games are a success. Athletes from across the globe will compete in 9 sport disciplines.
Congratulations to all members of Team Canada!
And congratulations to our Nova Scotian athletes:
Aimee Gordon hails from Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia and has been involved with Special Olympics for 30+ years. She credits Special Olympics for giving her lots of opportunities and allowing her to stay active and social. Being named to Team Canada for speed skating is a “big accomplishment” for Aimee. When she’s not speed skating, she can be found swimming, bowling, playing softball and participating in athletics.
Goal for Austria 2017: Speed skate and win a medal!
Cyril hails from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and has been involved with Special Olympics for over 7 years. He started coaching while in high school when he was 15, and has never turned back. Now, 22 years old, he is the Assistant Regional Coordinator for his region, as well as a curling coach, speed skating coach, bocce coach, chef de mission for Provincial Summer Games, and has coached on 2 National Games teams in Vancouver, BC, and Corner Brook, NFLD. He has immersed himself in Special Olympics, and Special Olympics has become a huge part of his life. Special Olympics has molded him as a person, and has made him into the person he is today. Being involved in Special Olympics means the World to Cyril. He has made lifelong friends from one side of the country to another, and soon, from one side of the World to the other. Austria will be his first World Games, and he is so excited to be part Team Canada, and to wear our Maple Leaf with pride. GO CANADA!!!
Goal for Austria 2017: To ensure my athletes have the most amazing, and positive games experience possible!
Brianna hails from Truro, Nova Scotia and has been a Special Olympics athlete for 9 years. In addition to snowshoeing, Brianna participates in swimming and athletics in her home region. Being named to Team Canada is one of Brianna’s greatest accomplishments so far. Special Olympics has helped change Brianna’s life by improving her self-confidence, allowing her to be less shy and learning about healthy eating and how to train better.
Goal for Austria 2017: To be faster than I was in Corner Brook, NL
Daniel Martin, hails from Pictou County, Nova Scotia and has been involved with Special Olympics for 6 years. Daniel is very proud to be named as a snowshoe athlete for Team Canada, as it’s the first time in 35 years an athlete from Pictou County has been named to Team Canada. Special Olympics has helped Daniel make new friends and stay in shape. In his free time, Daniel loves to play snooker, to run and to swim.
Goal for Austria 2017: To be fast!
Kailey has been participating in Special Olympics programs for 6 years. The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be her first time participating on the world stage. Kailey spent 16-years in a generic figure skating program before finding Special Olympics and she says since then, it Special Olympics has opened doors for her she didn’t realize existed. She loves giving back to the community and other skaters
and credits Special Olympics with giving her social skills, and allowing her to meet her coach, who has changed her life.
Goal for Austria 2017: To meet new friends!
Robert, has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 10- years and is excited to be figure skating at his first World Games. Robert is proud of his skating ability and to be named to Team Canada is a dream come true. Special Olympics has allowed Robert to make lots of new friends and travel to new places. In his free time, Robert enjoys to Latin and ballroom dance and play guitar and sing.
Goal for Austria 2017: To meet new friends and do excellent.