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

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