New Active Start Program Launches!

Special Olympics Burlington is proud to launch a brand new 8 week program for children with an intellectual disability aged 2-6!

The Active Start Program relies on the rationale that if children with intellectual disabilities are provided early instruction in the areas of basic motor skills and developmentally appropriate play, that there is an excellent opportunity for improvement in physical, social and cognitive abilities. By participating in weekly activities that focus on the basic motor skills of manipulation, transport, and balance, children will then gain perspective on their development skills.

Each child will be mentored 1:1 with a Special Olympic athlete – as well as Special Olympics coaches who will run the program.

If you are interested in registering your child or know someone who is, please contact Cate Hawkins callcoachcate@gmail.com.

Winter Sport Sign Up

As the summer season comes to a close, we are already thinking about which winter sports to sign up for!

Sign Up night will be Thursday September 14 at the Frank Haber Community Centre on Tim Dobbie Drive in Burlington, 6 to 8 pm.

If you’re a new athlete, visit our Register page to find out the steps to join – and who to contact.

If you are a returning athlete, you know the drill!  Fill out a Coach’s Page for each sport you would like to join (either beforehand or on the night) and bring your cheque book/cash payment ($25 – $100 per sport for the season).

All your coaches are looking forward to seeing some familiar and new faces!

Generous Local Community donates to the Eagles Golf Team

Just two requests to a Burlington and Oakville Facebook group, asking for donations for our golf team – that’s all it took to be swamped with equipment! Clubs, bags, shoes, towels, balls and tees were all donated by our amazing local community.

Our golfers are now more than ready for their second tournament opportunity this season, taking place in London Ontario.  The athletes were absolutely delighted to receive all the equipment and this means that everyone is now able to practice on their own, outside of the regular Tuesday night Special Olympic practices.

The overwhelming response to a simple request shows that we are incredibly lucky to be part of such a kind, giving community in Halton Region. Thank you to everyone who donated!

(Picture coming soon!)

Track Athletes Rock the Provincial Games

Zoe proudly receiving a Gold

Congratulations to our Track and Field Athletes Katie, Mert and Zoe for bringing home handfuls of medals from the Ontario Special Olympics Provincials Games at the weekend.

Not only did they each achieve multiple Gold medals, but they were fantastic representatives for Special Olympics Burlington and for the South Central team. You rocked the orange and blue team colours!

Mert bringing home more hardware

It was a hot three days of competing in more ways than one. The summer weather did not disappoint – and the competition did not disappoint. 1500 athletes from all over Ontario came together to run, jump and throw – and the pressure did not get to Mert, Zoe and Katie at all!

Katie receiving another medal

 

 

Results to date (more updates to come):
Zoe – Gold in 100m, 200m and Standing Long Jump
Mert – Gold in Shot Put , Silver in the 200 M, Bronze in the 400m and Long Jump
Katie – Gold in Standing Long Jump and Mini Javelin, and Bronze in the 200 and 400m

 

What Provincials REALLY Meant

Opening Ceremony at the SOO Provincial Games 2017

Of course, the Ontario Provincial Games were both exciting and an incredible opportunity! Our Softball and Track and Field athletes did exceptionally well to qualify and we were SO proud of them.

But it really hits home just how much taking part in the Provincials – and being a part of this organization – means to individuals, when we see their personal messages of appreciation.  Here are just a couple of examples of why we LOVE our Special Olympics Burlington community so much:

Softball athlete and Special Olympics Ambassador Amy sent this message…
“On the way home from a busy 4 days a little emotional saying goodbye to new friends. Reality hits when we getting back on the bus. I hope coach Kevin, coach Mary Ann and coach Carlo know how appreciative I am for helping us all season long. Especially when I’m down on myself they pick me up. To the Burlington Blues thanks for having my back and congrats guys we did it we should be very proud of ourselves.

Track and Field athlete Katie’s family sent this message:
“Thanks for your encouragement regarding Katie. We have been blown away by Special Olympics – the dedication of the coaches and volunteers, and the difference it makes in the lives of the athletes is amazing. Katie has a lot to work on, but her self-esteem has grown immeasurably because she now has medals and ribbons and a Provincial Games to match her siblings.  So thanks for welcoming us into the Burlington Club so generously.”

Making History with Women’s Soccer

The first ever All Female Comets Soccer Team!

The Burlington Comets Ladies Soccer Team were a part of making history at the Ontario Special Olympics Provincial Games.

What an amazing Honour – they were chosen as one of the teams to attend the very first all women soccer festival.  The girls and women played four games in the baking hot sun.

One parent commented that they had all ‘met some wonderful people and had an experience beyond words’.

Way to go ladies! We are so proud of you.

Bronze Medals for the Blues at Provincials

The Burlington Blues – What a Team!

Congratulations to the Burlington Blues who are bringing home Bronze in their division from the Summer Games!

The Region of Peel welcomed close to 800 athletes along with coaches, staff and spectators for the 2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games. Our athletes trained hard  to qualify – and the Games were truly their moment to shine.  The camaraderie and excitement among the team was something special – and a great time was had by all.

The Blues played four very tough teams, winning two and losing two to proudly take home their bronze medals. Coaches Carlo, Kevin and Mary Ann were incredibly proud – and so are all of us at Special Olympics Burlington!  Lots of family and friends turned out to cheer the team.

Congratulations Blues, what a team.