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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Fae and Jeri Lee Hodgins pose for a photo at the bowling alley.
The road to the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 has been seven years in the making for Special Olympics Team BC five-pin bowler Jeri Lee Hodgins and her sister/head coach Fae.
Athletes high five and fist bump.
From fist bumps, to high fives and thumbs up, there’s no shortage of team spirit when you’re on a Special Olympics Canada curling team. Meet the Special Olympics Team Saskatchewan curlers from Melfort who are in Thunder Bay for the 2020 Winter Games.
Two Special Olympics Canada athletes attend their first National Games.
Meet Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador cross-country skier Michael Budden and Special Olympics Quebec alpine skier April Gaudain. For both athletes, Thunder Bay marks their first-ever National Games. Watch the above video and follow them in to their first Opening Ceremony experience.
Play video for Curling Day in Canada feature of Special Olympic athlete.
It’s been a long road to the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 for Adam Vriesendorp. The New Brunswick athlete underwent surgery...
Deb and Mike Sumner take a selfie together.
With Mike competing in figure skating and Deb a curling coach, the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 will be the mother-son duo’s third time travelling to a National Games as part of Special Olympics Team Yukon.
Adam and Brendon stand side by side with their heads shaved looking into the camera
Since the last Winter Games in 2016, Brendon, a 24-year-old speed skater with autism, has survived cancer and Adam, a 22-year-old curler with autism, has recovered from a surgery that removed 40 per cent of his lung.
Eric sits in a chair getting his eyes checked.
Special Olympics Team PEI five-pin bowler Eric Smith, 36, has had cataracts since a young age.
Matthew and Crystal hug on their wedding day while looking into the camera.
Langley B.C.’s Matthew and Crystal Williams are high school sweethearts who met through their special education class at Walnut Grove Secondary School...
Tracey Melesko cross country skis in front of a tree line.
Special Olympics Team British Columbia’s cross-country skiers are a tight-knit group bound for success with longtime Kelowna athlete Tracey Melesko at the helm.
Two male Special Olympics athlete smile looking into the camera in front of a basketball court
Special Olympics Canada is accepting applications for 2020 research grants. The organization is looking for Special Olympics-oriented research...