All Stars End of Season Celebration!

PC Chris from Halton Police
PC Chris from Halton Police

The All Stars Track and Field team finished off a fantastic year with an end of season family BBQ and awards night at our regular practice field. Athletes were treated to fun games, a visit from Halton Police with their Police Car, a face painter, magic tricks and even circus skills and juggling!

DJ Nate, one of our athletes, did a stellar job with music and announcements.

Coaches Gerry and Andy Man the BBQs!
Coaches Gerry and Andy Man the BBQs!

The delicious burgers and hot dogs were cooked by our very own Coach Andy and Coach Gerry.

Our Head Coach Rob announced that in the 3 track meets we attended this season, the All Stars won a whopping 225 top places (1st, 2nd and 3rd).  As the youngest track team in our area, only in our second year and with a lower average age than our competing teams, this is an incredible achievement! Each athlete received an award for their personal achievement this summer – and a beautiful medal inscribed on the back with Burlington All Stars 2016.

Coach Rob hands Mert his award.
Coach Rob hands Mert his award.

Our All Stars Athletes of the Year 2016 were announced – congratulations go to Mert Gulec and to Amanda Abraham for their great performances and their outstanding dedication and attitude to training and meets.

Picture time!
Picture time!

We finished off the night with some dancing and karaoke – and of course a final All Stars cheer.

Thank you to all our wonderful coaches and volunteers (Coaches Rob, Helen, Jan, Karen, Jenn, Lucy, Catherine, Mary-Ann, Linda, Gerry, Andy, Mehmet and Junior Coaches Scott and Matt).

See you all next year!

 

All Stars Track and Field Team at Provincial Qualifiers

All Stars March in the Opening Ceremony
All Stars March in the Opening Ceremony

Athletes and coaches who attended the July 2016 Brantford Track Meet and Provincial Qualifiers had an excellent day! Rocking their new bright yellow team shirts with the All Stars logo on the back, the team did Burlington proud.

Our All Stars athletes all worked so hard and it paid off – with 83 placements in the top three (1st, second or third place). We had enthusiastic competitors in the 100m, 200m and 400m track events – and in Javelin, Shot Put, Running Long Jump and Standing Long Jump for the field events.

Mert takes off at the Running Long Jump
Mert takes off at the Running Long Jump

Results from this meet will determine which athletes from the Wildebeest conference will move on to represent South Central division at the Provincials in 2017.

Did you know that In Special Olympics competitions, athletes of all ability levels are able to participate, and every athlete is recognized for his or her performance? Through a process called divisioning, Special Olympics competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar gender, age and ability in equitable divisions. This makes for exciting competitions!

Two All Stars friends watch the Town Crier
Two All Stars friends watch the Town Crier

The opening ceremony at Brantford was a wonderful celebration with a town crier officially getting things off to an exciting start – and athletes were even treated to a zumba group warm up!

Lunch – always one of the highlights of a track meet – was subs and treats as athletes, coaches and parents all happily chatted about the days events under the shade of our Burlington canopies.

Back to Monday night practices to prepare for the next meet!

All Stars athletes pose for a photo
All Stars athletes pose for a photo

Athletes of the Year, 2016!

Special Olympics Burlington would like to congratulate our Male and Female athletes of the year, Aiden Lee and Steffani Tobin!

Stefanni and Aiden with their awards!This year, Aiden participated in Martial Gymnastics, basketball and swimming and at the Spring Games last month, he brought home 3 golds and a bronze in Swimming. Aiden also participates in our fundraising events, enjoying greeting customers at Staples. With his family, he has also created calendars for two years, using his artwork as a way to support Special Olympics Burlington.

Steffani was a member of the silver medal floor hockey team at the Provincial Games last year. This year she is a member of the floor hockey team, the basketball teams and the soccer team.

Steffani has also supported fundraising activities at Staples and learned how to bag and help with cash.

Both these athletes are deserving of this award and their coaches are proud of their athletic growth, their hard work and their dedication to attending practices and trying their best.

Congratulations both of you!

Party Time! Annual Spring Fling

Knights of Columbus prepare the BBQ
Knights of Columbus prepare the BBQ

This years theme of wizards and fairies made for a magical night at the Special Olympics Burlington Annual Spring Fling.

With a delicious barbecue and all the food laid on by our incredible sponsors the Knights of Columbus, our athletes, volunteers and families were fed like kings!

Taylor dances the night away
Taylor dances the night away

The decorated hall was a beautiful scene for DJ Nate to get the music vibes started as everyone flooded the dance floor to bust some moves.  Our athletes achievements and involvement was celebrated with a wonderful slide show, showing all our community spirit in it’s true glory.

This is also the night where we recognize and say thanks to our huge and dedicated team of volunteers who commit so much time and energy to making Special Olympics Burlington the successful and all-embracing community it is.

Until next year!

DJ Nate dances with friend Sam
DJ Nate dances with friend Sam

 

Coach Cate shares a joke with Coach Patrick
Coach Cate shares a joke with Coach Patrick

 

Friends Lee and Steffani pose for a pic
Friends Lee and Steffani pose for a pic

Provincial Spring Games, Guelph, 2016

Our Burlington Rhythmic Gymnasts with South Centrals' Head Coach, our very own Cate Hawkins
Our Burlington Rhythmic Gymnasts with South Centrals’ Head Coach, our very own Cate Hawkins

The Guelph 2016 Special Olympics Spring Games took place this May.

Nine hundred athletes from across Ontario were selected to compete – and 12 of our Burlington athletes were privileged to be selected to take part in the South Central team, standing out in their incredible orange uniforms! Representing Burlington were: Adam, Laura C., Aiden, Susan and Katie V. in swimming; Mike and Tim in Five Pin Bowling; Trevor in Ten Pin Bowling and Candace, Rachel, Katie B. and Sierra in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Thank you to Special Olympics Ontario for making this an amazing experience for all of our athletes and their coaches.

 

Torch Parade through Burlington
Torch Parade through Burlington

We are so happy for each and every one of them. So much hard work and dedication with extra practices paid off! This amazing group set the bar high as we all watched on and they made us all so proud, earning multiple medals between them and putting forward a great performance every time. We could not have wished for a better team.

GO BURLINGTON!!!

 

Skylarks Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Rocked the Durham Competition in New Outfits!

The Skylarks ready to compete!
The Skylarks ready to compete!

On Saturday April 16, 2016, the Skylarks debuted their brand new Rhythmics costumes in style! Competing in Hoop, Ribbon, Rope and Ball routines, against 7 teams from across Southern Ontario, the gymnasts did Special Olympics Burlington proud, bringing home LOTS of ribbons.

Zoe Marshall proudly holds the Skylarks sign!
Zoe proudly holds the Skylarks sign!

 

Our Rhythmic Gymnasts all competed individually in front of eight judges in the invitational hosted by the Durham Special Olympics team, with a huge audience of family and friends.  We were absolutely amazed by their polished, professional performances, as this was the first time any of them had attempted this year’s brand new Special Olympics routines in a competition.  There was lots of well deserved cheering and clapping, as each athlete really rose to the occasion.

Special mention to Laura C and Laura S who were both awarded first place in their division for their Rope routines, Katie W and Sierra who won first in their Ball divisions, and Laura S who picked up another first in Ribbon.  Two of our gymnasts also moved up a division for the first time, with Candace making it into the A division and Katie B into the B division. The delight on the faces of all the team, each time one of their fellow athletes were awarded a ribbon, was wonderful to see.

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The girls’ hair looked beautiful in french braids, with matching bows and glitter.

It was a long day, with the competition starting at 8.15am and ending at 6pm, but everyone went home tired and very happy with their results and great day of performing and hanging with their Special Olympics friends!

At the awards ceremony
At the awards ceremony

Thank you to Coach Cate and Coach Sue who made this such a wonderful, successful day for all involved.

Want a taste of what it was like at the competition? Watch a very cool video (below) of Sierra performing, which shows a little from each of the routines!

S.O. Burlington wins Mayor’s Community Award 2016!

We were so proud to receive this award, which recognizes and promotes the social responsibility demonstrated by a not-for-profit organization! The Mayor’s Community Service Award in the not-for-profit category was presented during April’s Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala 2016.

Cate Hawkins and Katie Barnard
Cate Hawkins and Katie B

Cate Hawkins, our Community Co-ordinator, and Katie B, our Athlete of the Year 2015 (who is also a peer coach and dedicates a lot of her own time as a volunteer as well as being a Provincial level athlete), attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of Special Olympics Burlington.

Details of the Award
Details of the Award
The Trophy!
The Trophy!

2016 Spring/Summer Registration Announced

We are so happy to announce that REGISTRATION for Special Olympics Burlington Spring/Summer Sports will be THURSDAY APRIL 21, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Come meet us in the foyer of the HABER COMMUNITY CENTRE, 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr, Burlington, ON L7M 0M4.

The cost to sign up for each team is $25.


 

What sports are available?
Here are the sports, locations, start dates and times!

Track and Field
Mondays @ Wellington Track Central High School, 09 May 2016 06:00 PM 7:30 PM

Bocce Ball
Tuesdays @ LaSalle Park Bocce Ball Pit, 24 May 2016 06:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Soccer
Wednesdays @ Sherwood F6, 18 May 2016 06:00 PM 7:00 PM Possible indoor program running on another night from mid April to mid May – still needs to be confirmed.

Competitive Softball
Thursdays @ Brant Hills Community Centre 2 diamonds D2 and D3, May 19 at
6:30 to 8pm