Jan 31 2018

Robert’s Story

From Brave Boy to Male Athlete of the Year

Robert Burchell
Speed Skater

When you see the picture of speed skater, Robert Burchell, standing next to the car with his suitcase in hand ready to attend his first Special Olympics competition far away in Halifax you can’t help but feel like you are witnessing history. The smile on his face says it all. For a young boy growing up in a small town in Cape Breton, having an intellectual disability wasn’t easy. Special Olympics changed that.

Fast forward – Robert is now 53 years old. If you ever get the pleasure of meeting Robert, he will be sure to introduce himself right away and will keep you company for as long as you wish, he truly makes time for everyone. This was not always the case. Robert was very shy when he first started going to Special Olympics when he was 8 years old, but now, he makes friends with everyone he meets.

When it comes to National Games, Robert is a seasoned veteran. He has 4 Nationals with Team Nova Scotia, most recently the 2016 National Games in Cornerbrook, NL. His first National Games was in 1989 where he was a part of Nova Scotia’s Floor Hockey team, where he helped the team win gold. At the 2004 National Games in Prince Edward Island he won three gold and one bronze for the sport of Speed Skating. Robert then participated in the 2006 National Games in Brandon, Manitoba for swimming, where he won two silver and one bronze.  With a wall full of medals, Robert can certainly attest to the many #inspired moments he has had with Special Olympics.

Robert and his many ribbons and medals

Robert and his many ribbons and medals

National Games is the next evolution in the training cycle for those who compete locally at the Provincial Games. Setting a goal of sports excellence to represent your province is one of great accomplishments for any athlete. Achieving this goal when the obstacle seem larger than most, make that accomplishment even more rewarding.

Your support of the #Inspired Gala on February 1st helps us to offer these life-changing opportunities to our athletes.

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Posted December 14, 2016 in: News, Sport by SpecialONS Gala