Spirit Wear Launched!

Special Olympics Burlington is SO excited to launch our very own range of spirit wear, that athletes, families, coaches, volunteers – and any one who loves Special Olympics Burlington – can be proud to wear any time, any where!
All items are available to purchase online from now until September 30 and should be delivered by the end of October.  Depending on the success, we plan to do this once each year at the beginning of the fall/winter season, so don’t miss out!
Simply visit www.tategear.com/bso to order!  You will see our awesome range including t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweat pants, hoodie, shorts and baseball cap. Pay directly online.
Please note:
This site is designed for schools/colleges, so where it says student please enter your name – and rather than selecting a class/teacher, you will be able to select any Special Olympics Burlington team you belong to, then all of your spirit wear will be delivered straight to your coach to be distributed at practice.
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What sizes are available?
You can purchase all huge range of sizes, from x-small youth all the way to 4XL adult!
 
Worried about choosing the right sizing or how the item will feel?
We will have a limited amount of samples (no logo) at sign up night next week for you to f

eel the material or decide on the right size for you.

Want to purchase as a gift without someone knowing?
There is an option when your order to purchase these items as a gift (great for Christmas or birthdays!), in which case we will be able to discreetly give you items without your athlete knowing.
When can you wear the clothing?
These items do not replace any team uniforms you already have or are required to wear at competitions or meets. You can wear these to practices, to competitions/meets if your sport doesn’t require uniform – or any time you like!
Just remember to put your name in all your items so they don’t get lost.
When will you receive your order?
Orders should be ready around the end of October, and your coach (from the team you select when you place your order online) will bring your items to practice as soon as they arrive.
We can’t wait to see everyone kitted out in their brand new Special Olympics Burlingtonspirit wear. Check out www.tategear.com/bso to get yours!
Coach Helen

Winter Sports Sign Up

We’re ready for a brand new season – are you?!

REGISTRATION FOR ALL FALL AND WINTER SPORTS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS BURLINGTON WILL BE:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 FROM 6:30 to 8pm 
Haber Community Centre 
3040 Tim Dobbie Dr, Burlington, ON

Visit our Registration page to see how to register, for new and returning athletes.

See you there!

 

All our Sports:

Monday- Starting Sept. 24
10 Pin Bowling – Cost $20 (additional cost for bowling paid weekly to alley)
Splitsville Entertainment – 830 Laurentian Dr, 6:15 to 8:00pm
ages 10 and up (wheelchair accessible)

Monday – Starting Sept. 24
Rhythmic Gymnastics – $80 ( includes cost of Competitions)
Compass Point Bible Church- lower level 1500 Kerns Rd, Burlington 7 to 8:30pm
ages 10 and up female (wheelchair accessible)

Monday – Starting Oct. 15
Active Start / FUNdementals – $50
Compass Point Bible Church- lower level 1500 Kerns Rd, Burlington 6 to 6:50pm
ages 2 and 8 years old (wheelchair accessible)

Tuesday – Starting Sept. 25
Floor Hockey – $80 ( includes cost of tournaments)
Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School  5150 Upper Middle Rd, Burlington 7 to 8:30 pm
ages 12 and up Mixed league

Wednesday – Starting Sept. 26
5 Pin Bowling – $20 (additional cost for bowling paid to alley 1 game is $4.50, 2 games $8.00, 3 games $9.50
Burlington Bowl 4065 Harvester Rd, Burlington 4:15 to 6:00-6:30pm
ages 10 and up mixed league (wheelchair accessible)

Wednesday – Starting Sept. 26
Swimming – $150 (includes cost of swim meets)
Angela Coughlan Pool 2425 Upper Middle Rd,  7:20 to 8:30pm
ages 8 and up – must be able to swim a pool length (wheelchair accessible)

Thursday – Starting Oct. 04
Basketball – $80 ( includes cost of tournaments)
Haber Community Centre – 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.  7 to 9:00pm (Level D/Rec 7 – 8pm Level C 8 – 9pm)
ages 12 and up mixed league

Sunday – Starting mid October
Curling – $80 ( includes cost of tournaments) Burlington Golf and Country Club 422 North Shore Blvd E
6:30 to 8pm ages 12 – 35 mixed league ( limited to 16 players – lottery for open positions )

TO BE ANNOUNCED – SPEED SKATING – information to come.

Success for Our National Athletes!

Special Olympics Burlington was SO proud to have two of our athletes and Coach Cate attend the Special Olympics National Games in Antagonish, Nova Scotia, representing Team Ontario! An incredibly opportunity and wonderful memories made.

Zoe represented for Track and Field – and Sarah for Rhymthic Gymnastics.  Coach Cate brought her never ending enthusiasm, energy, mentoring and of course FUN to Ontario’s Rhythmic Gymnastics team.

Zoe brings home one of every colour!

Zoe achieved a big medal tally, with Bronze in Long Jump, Silver in Javelin and GOLD in the 400M.  Well done Zoe!

Sarah shows off her medal collection!

Congratulations also to Sarah – who returned with an incredible 6 medals, including a silver all around in the top division of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Wow!  Way to go Sarah, and her mom, Mary, who coached her with the Oakville Butterflies.

Our athletes at Special Olympics Burlington never cease to inspire. With this year being Provincial Qualifiers once again, we’re behind all our athletes rooting for them to shine!

Summer Sport Sign Up

Spring is in the air…and we are excited about summer sports starting soon!

The Special Olympics Burlington Summer Sports season will be starting in May. We are looking forward to an active season.  Registration for all summer sports will be on :
THURSDAY, APRIL 26 FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
At the HABER COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTRE, 1050 DOBBIE DRIVE, BURLINGTON
The cost for each sport is $50 for the season (except golf, see below).  Please bring cash or cheque on sign-up night.  The cost includes any/all competition registration costs.
SOCCER – Sherwood Forest soccer field, Wed. evenings from  6 to 7 pm beginning May 23 – indoor practice will be held at Burloak Indoor Site starting on Wednesday April 19for returning soccer players only. Outside practice for all players including new players will be May 23.  ( ages 12 and over )
COMPETITIVE SOFTBALL – Brant Hills Community Centre Diamonds, Thurs. evenings from 6:30 to 8pm starting May 17 ( weather permitting)  (ages 12 and over)
BOCCE – LaSalle Park Bocce Courts, Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 starting May 22 ( athletes will be split into two groups 6:30 to 7:30 and 7:30 to 8:30 ) (ages 10 and older)
TRACK AND FIELD – MM Robinson Track, Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm starting May 7 (Weather permitting) (ages 8 and older)
GOLF – Tuesday evenings – Burlington Springs Golf and Country Club.  Starting date TBA – there is no charge for golf registration as there is a weekly cost of $15 for driving range, cart use and green fees. ( ages 12 and older) New and possibly returning athletes will have to take a 4 week group lesson program (2 hours/session) – cost last year was $168 for the lesson program).
ALL NEW AND RETURNING ATHLETES must fill out a full athlete information/medical form.
The forms are attached so that you can complete and bring them with you on registration night. If you do not bring them, you will be required to complete them onsite before you can register.  A Coach’s page is required for EACH sport an athlete is joining. Only one CODE OF CONDUCT form needs to be completed for the season. This is for ALL ATHELETES BOTH OLD AND NEW. Even if you did these forms last year, you will be required to do them again.  An up to date email address will be required for all athletes for communication.

Generous Donation Blows Us Away

Special Olympics Burlington is incredibly thankful for the unbelievably generous donation from Compass Point Bible Church, announced in March, 2018.

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Athletes proud to accept the generous donation

We have a number of families who attend the church and last month, Laura, one of our rhythmic gymnasts and swimmers, nominated Special Olympics Burlington for the annual BIG GIVE . The BIG GIVE, in its third year at the church, is the donation of one Sunday’s collection in order to support a worthy cause in the community. This year, after a meeting with the selection committee, Special Olympics Burlington was successful.  Prior to selection our athletes Laura, John, Kyle and Rachel, along with Coach Stu White and Community Co-ordinator Cate Hawkins, made a presentation at Sunday service. They told the congregation about how Special Olympics Burlington has changed the lives of athletes and families in our community. The following week, donations for the BIG GIVE were collected.

Laura, John, Kyle and Rachel joined Cate Hawkins in receiving the donation from Compass Point Bible Church for $43, 922.50. Yes, you read that right….$43,922.50!

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

 
“Thanks to everyone at the Compass Point Bible Church for their amazing support and for making a difference in the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability. This will have an enormous impact on the continued growth of Special Olympics in Burlington.”

Special Olympics Ontario

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!