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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Emma Bittorf performs on the ice.
Athlete: Emma Bittorf Age: 16 From: Strathmore, Alberta Rock The Rink performance: October 19 at Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat, AlTA. 1. How long...
Special Olympics Ontario athlete Tim Goodacre skates on the ice.
Athlete: Tim Goodacre Age: 34 From: Dundas, Ont. Rock The Rink performance: November 2 at Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ont. 1. How long have you...
Special Olympics Alberta athlete Meg Ohsada poses on the ice
Athlete: Meg Ohsada Age: 25 From: Canmore, AB Rock The Rink performance: October 10 at Westerner Park Centrium in Red Deer, Alta. 1. How long have you...
Special Olympics Ontario athletes at The Peanut Butter Falcons creening
On August 22, more than 200 Special Olympics athletes, volunteers and family members packed a Cineplex theatre in Toronto for a private screening of critically acclaimed film The Peanut Butter Falcon.
The Pooran family stand for a p hoto at the Natalie Pooran Memorial Track Meet
Special Olympics Ontario athletes and sisters Natalie and Nerissa Pooran did everything together.
Heather Miller playing bocce
“I love leadership,” said Miller. “I’ve been doing speeches, I’ve been fundraising at events. I’m very busy and that’s what I like – to be busy.” Before joining Special Olympics in 2007, she had a lot of free time – too much.
Unified Bocce Team from Sault Ste Marie pose for a photo in Toronto
Unified brings together people with and without an intellectual disability on the same team with one simple principle in mind: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
2019 Special Olympics Dognut
Meet 26-year-old Tori Ranson, a longtime Special Olympics athlete and this year’s creator of the Special Olympics donut sold at participating Tim...
Tori and her dognut
Tori Ranson, 26, is a well-known and valued member of her Georgetown, Ontario community. The 26-year-old Special Olympics athlete can’t visit her...
Julia Kostecki performs.
Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, IGA, Urban Fresh and Foodland stores across Canada (excluding Quebec) raised a record $930,000 for Special Olympics...