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Congratulations for an amazing Summer Games

Grimsby-Lincoln Special Olympics sent five athletes to Vancouver July 8-13 to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics National Summer Games. The athletes were flown to Vancouver and housed on the campus of UBC, as the events took place on the UBC grounds. These are first rate facilities and the performances were first rate as well. Our five Grimsby-Lincoln athletes brought home eight medals and a lifetime of memories.

The weather was hotter than usual and the competition was stiff but they all worked hard. Some personal bests were achieved and everything was left on the playing field. They also had time for some fun, fantastic opening and closing ceremonies and the making of friends that they will keep forever. Grant Flagg of Wainfleet took home 3 medals, silver in the 200m, bronze in shotput, bronze in long jump and came 5th in the 100m. Chris Sharpe of Grimsby brought home 2 medals, gold in the 100m, silver in long jump and came 6th in shot put. Josie Guilbeault of Thorold won bronze in shotput and finished 6th in the 100m in spite of a knee injury that also kept her out of long jump. Christina Unger and Ian Macleod each brought home silver medals in the team 5 pin bowling competition and finished 6th and 5th respectively in the individual 5 pin bowling competition. 

Team Ontario had their biggest medal haul ever and finished 1st overall for the whole Games. The track & field athletes will now wait to hear if they have advanced to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Thank you to all the coaches and volunteers and to our great supporters who make all of this possible.

Volunteering Opportunity!

posted Jul 27, 2017, 7:18 PM by Special Olympics West Niagara

Special Olympics Ontario is looking for volunteers to get involved with the upcoming Mud Hero event in Caledon.  Mud Hero is Canada’s largest Obstacle Event Series.   Part of the proceeds raised through the event will be donated back to Special Olympics. 
Volunteers will also receive a FREE lunch, $50.00 gift card to the Mud Hero Shop, and are invited to visit the Mud Hero Beer Garden following their shifts. 
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering please see below for details.  Please feel free to pass this information along to any other interested volunteers.
Dates: Saturday August 26 and/or Sunday August 27
Location: Albion Hills – 16500 Peel Regional Road 50, L7E 3E7
Shift Times: 7:00 am-12:30 pm or 12:30 pm-5:00 pm
Volunteer Tasks: Collecting bag-check fees throughout the day via cash and/or POS machine
Please note: Volunteer positions will be filled on a first-come basis.

Space Balloon Launch Opportunity

posted Jul 27, 2017, 7:15 PM by Special Olympics West Niagara

AstroNuts Space Odyssey


In early October of this year, 100 children will have the opportunity to “launch into space” with the AstroNuts Kids Space Club. Special Olympics Ontario has been invited to participate in this fun event!


Interested participants must be registered with Special Olympics Ontario and be of elementary school age.


Participants will forever look back on this experience and know that they’ve “reached for the stars” and “dared to dream”. AstroNuts is “just” an amazing kids space club whose goal is to inspire and educate.


The plan is to launch a high altitude helium weather balloon from the launch site in Goderich Ontario to an altitude of 120,000 feet. The goal is to become the first kids space club in the world to launch "kids into space" by sending their DNA. “DNA Services of Canada” is a sponsor graciously donated 100 DNA swabbing kits.


Participation is FREE.


For more information please contact:

Ray Bielecki


AstroNuts Kids Space Club

AstroNuts Space Odyssey


All Star Athletics Shooting Stars Cheerleading

posted Sep 1, 2016, 9:01 PM by Special Olympics West Niagara

Flag Raising in Support of Special Olympics!

posted Mar 27, 2016, 6:59 PM by Special Olympics West Niagara

The Knights of Columbus of District 6 have been granted permission to hold a Flag Raising on Monday April 4 at 10:30 a.m. in support of Special Olympics.

The event will be held at Grimsby City Hall - 160 Livingston Avenue, Grimsby.

Mayor Bob Bentley will be in attendance and I hope that several Brother Knights, Sir Knights and representatives from Special Olympics will be able to attend as well.  The local media have agreed to cover the event.

Free Employment Program

posted Mar 9, 2016, 8:33 AM by Special Olympics West Niagara

SOC NCCP Competition Course in Kitchener

posted Jan 26, 2016, 2:37 PM by Special Olympics West Niagara

A two day SOC NCCP Competition Course is being held in Kitchener.

Date: February 20-21, 2015

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Cost: $85/person

Location: CrossFit Kitchener - 543 Mill St Unit 6, Kitchener, ON N2G 2Y5

More information is available on the Special Olympics Ontario Web Site here.

To go directly to the registration form, please click here.

An amazing young man with a great message!

posted Jan 15, 2016, 2:35 PM by Special Olympics West Niagara   [ updated Jan 15, 2016, 2:37 PM ]

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2016 Ontario Coaches Conference - Registration now OPEN!

posted Dec 15, 2015, 8:20 AM by Special Olympics West Niagara

Empower Your Athletes to Reach
Their Full Potential

Ontario's 10th Annual Coach Development Weekend is coming to Niagara Falls February 19-21, 2016



A 3-day Conference for Coaches of every sport.
Open to Coaches of every level. Learn, share and connect with coaches from across Ontario. Conference Weekend Package or Single Day options available.
Join the thousands of coaches who've attended over the years.

Keynotes and Speakers
Unlock Potential with NHL Super Dad Karl Subban (father of Montreal Canadiens' PK Subban). Other keynotes include:

  • Dr. Dean Kriellaars (Exercise Physiologist, Cirque du Soleil)
  • Chantal Vallée (Head Coach for Women's Basketball and 5x championship winner at the University of Windsor)
  • And 30 other coaching experts, top performing athletes and Canadian sport leaders

Plus Sport Demos, Workshops, Networking Socials, and more!

NCCP Competition Course in Grimsby

posted Oct 10, 2015, 9:25 AM by Special Olympics West Niagara

A two day NCCP Competition Course is coming to Grimsby!

Date: November 14-15, 2015

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

More information is available on the Special Olympics Ontario Web Site here.

To go directly to the registration form, please click here.

2016 Provincial Spring Games Coach & Volunteer Games Registration

posted Sep 12, 2015, 8:11 AM by Special Olympics West Niagara   [ updated Sep 12, 2015, 8:19 AM ]

Special Olympics Ontario is now accepting applications for Spring games positions.


Please go to 2016 Provincial Spring Games Coach & Volunteer Games Registration Form to complete an application form.


Even though the deadline for signup has passed, applications are still being accepted. This form is to be used by volunteers that would like to apply for the following positions:

  • 2016 Provincial Spring Games Sport Technical Consultant
  • 2016 Provincial Spring Games DTM
  • 2016 Provincial Spring Games Coach
  • 2018 National Summer Games Mission Staff
  • 2018 National Summer Games Coach

(summer provincial games coaches will also have a chance to apply for the 2018 National Summer games when they apply to the 2017 Provincial Summer games).


Please remember that  Games coaches are required to meet minimum Coaching Certification requirements prior to coaching at major games (see SOO policy 10.3.2 Certification Requirements for Higher Competition).  

If you are missing any of these certifications, please see the following information on how to obtain them. Please remember that courses may only be offered a limited number of timers per year in your area, avoid missing out and register in the earliest course possible.

1.      Special Olympics NCCP Community  (1 day) or Competition (2 day) Coaching course. Visit Training Calendar for a list of scheduled courses

2.      NCCP Multi-sport module (formerly Part A) Planning a Practice; Nutrition; Making Ethical Decisions.  A list of available courses can be found on the  Coaches Association of Ontario Course Calendar

3.      Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation can be completed once the Multi-sport course appears on your NCCP Transcript. Once you have completed the MED training, and it appears on your transcript, you will have unlimited attempts at the MED evaluation. If you opt to take the evaluation without first completing the MED module there will be an $85 fee associated with the evaluation.

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