Hard work pays off for Special Olympians with huge medal haul




The weather in Sault Saint Marie may have been freezing, but Barrie Special Olympics Athletes were on fire!

On Feb. 1 and 2, 27 local Special Olympics athletes and 12 coaches attend the 2019 Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games. Athletes competed in snowshoeing, alpine and nordic skiing.

Their results were nothing but spectacular with every athlete in attendance returning with a medal. The athletes spent five months training for the games and the results reflected their hard work. Impressively, the 11 snowshoers in attendance accumulated 34 medals and the 10 nordic skiers had 28 medals.

Just as admirable, our five alpine athletes were awarded 11 medals, seven which were gold. A total list of results can be found at Special Olympics Ontario 2019 winter games.

Special Olympics competitions run in a five-year rotation, starting at the regional level and ending with the World Games. The top Provincial Special Athletes will be invited to attend next year’s Winter National Games in Thunder Bay. With this year’s remarkable performance, Special Olympics Barrie should be well represented in 2020.

Special Olympics is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport. In Barrie we offer programs in 14 different sports. For information how to join or volunteer with our organization, please go to our website at Special Olympics Barrie.