Stories

Sharing the joy of sport

Special Olympics has received many incredible stories from people whose lives have been changed and enriched through sport, friendship, fun and mentorship. Some of those people have been kind enough to share their stories with you.

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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Special Olympics Quebec’s Gabriel Dupuy. An athlete for the past eight years, he participates in athletics and Powerlifting. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Special Olympics Ontario’s Monique Shah. She’s been with Special Olympics for 23-years, participating in bowling, bocce, curling, athletics and snowshoeing. She was named Special Olympics Canada’s 2020 Athlete of the Year. Read below for a Q&A as she reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet David Amber, Hockey Night in Canada and NHL host on Sportsnet, as well as a member of Special Olympics Canada’s Champions Network – a group of Olympians, professional athletes, celebrities and sports personalities who support the movement. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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Like many Canadians with an intellectual disability, the COVID-19 pandemic brought Special Olympics Ontario athlete Spring Ding’s busy schedule to a halt. The 17-year-old with Down syndrome is used to an agenda packed with Special Olympics programs like athletics, bocce and basketball as well as dance classes and swimming lessons. When programs were suspended in March 2020, Spring was at a loss without her regular activities and social network.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Rod Hill, former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and Los Angeles Raiders, as well as Winnipeg Blue Bombers alumni and Honorary Board Member of Special Olympics Manitoba. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.
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For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field. Meet Duane Brothers, Chair of Special Olympics Manitoba. He started his career as a high school history teacher and basketball coach and went on to serve as an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of multiple school divisions in Winnipeg. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month.
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It’s been a tough year for all of us with Special Olympics in-person programs shut down due to COVID-19. As always, Canadian athletes with an...
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Mallett, 46, has been selected as the next Special Olympics North America (SONA) representative on Special Olympics International’s Global Athlete Leadership Council (GALC). She is the first Canadian in this role since the Council was created in 2017.
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Three Special Olympics Canada Champions Network members have been appointed to the Order of Canada – one of the country’s highest honours.