First competition for the newly-formed snowshoe team
By: Stacey McKeown
Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport.
Over the past 49 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.
Special Olympics Ontario has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability.
We continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Ontario and those involved with us. As an organization, we work to ensure our volunteers are strongly committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Through these steps, we hope to continue to build upon the past success of the organization.
First competition for the newly formed snowshoe team and the athletes performed beyond expectations.
On February 3rd, six athletes from the Special Olympics Ontario Belleville & Quinte West Snowshoe Team travelled to Pembroke to compete in the East Conference Snowshoe Provincial Qualifier Tournament. The results from a provincial Qualifier are used to determine which athletes from the Eastern District will be eligble to advance to the Special Olympics Ontario 2019 Provincial Winter Games which will be held in Sault St. Marie. Athletes from Pembroke, Ottawa and Thunder Bay also competed at this qualifying event.
ATHLETE NAME RACE DIVISION PLACE
Blair Bastien 200m F1 3rd
Nicole Ferguson 100m F2 1st
200m F4 1st
Nicole Flynn 100m F3 2nd
200m F2 2nd
Gaerrisen Freeland 100m M1 1st
200m M3 1st
400m M2 1st
Kai Freeland 100m M2 4th
200m M5 4th
LeeAnn Hardy 100m F2 3rd
200m F4 2nd