Special Olympics Skating
Announcing - The Special Olympics Regional Competition will being held in Brampton, Ontario at Cassie Campbell Arena on Saturday, November 30, 2013. This is a qualifying competition and the beginning of the 4 year competitive cycle.
Congratulations to the Hamilton Special Olympics Skating Club Athletes
Following is a link to an excerpt from Hansard (Official Report of Debates in the Ontario Legislative Assembly) for March 5, 2013 when Monique Taylor, MPP (Hamilton Mountain), rose in the legislature to speak about the Hamilton Special Olympics Skating Club and the success of their athletes at the World Winter Games. We'd like to recognize athletes, Sara McKelvie, David Robertson, Tim Goodacre and Jessica Young who embarked on the trip of a lifetime to compete at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea with their dedicated coaches, Michelle Petullio, Kathy Sitak, Jenna Smith and Amanda Marazia.
Special Olympics Categories Offered
at the Following WO Competitions in 2012-2013
- Skate Canada - Western Ontario Special Olympic Regional & Invitational Competition, December 1, 2012 at the Galt Arena Gardens in Cambridge.
- John McKay Memorial Invitational, Nov 23-25, 2012 in Tillsonburg
- Charles Dover Memorial Invitational - Jan 11-13, 2013 in Grimsby
- All 3 WO Futures competitions - March 2-3, 2013
- Event announcements & entry form
Reminder Re Mandatory AODA Training
To all Coaches in WO working with Special Olympics athletes, please complete the MANDATORY AODA TRAINING.
Team Ontario - Special Olympics Canada Winter Games
Special Olympics Ontario is pleased to announce the list of athletes and coaches named to Team Ontario for the 2012 National Winter Games. The Games were held in St. Albert, Alberta from February 28 - March 3, 2012.
Team Ontario is comprised of 195 athletes, 58 coaches and 14 mission staff from all across the province. Athletes qualified for the Team Ontario squad at the Provincial Winter Games held in Thunder Bay earlier this year.
The National Winter Games are also a qualifying event for the 2013 World Winter Games to be held in South Korea. Congratulations to the athletes and coaches of the Team Ontario training squad.
Congratulations to Western Ontario Section’s Team Ontario skaters for the 2012 National Winter Games.
- David Robertson
- Nicole Vespa
- Tim Goodacre
- Sara McKelvie
- Jessica Young
- Kaitlyn Sullivan
Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Figure Skating Rules of Competition
These are available on the WO Technical
page (as of Sept. 2009). Also refer to 2 memos from SOO posted
there as well. These rules are in effect for this year's Regional
This event is for beginner skaters in the Special Olympics program.
It will consist of the element portion only. (This event is only
at the regional/invitational level.)
Special Olympics Programs in WO
The following Skating Clubs offer programs for Special Olympics
athletes, as per information received submitted from our clubs
through the WO Skating Programs Survey. (as of December 2012)
|Grand River Region
||Kitchener Waterloo SC
||Contact Glenna Osika email@example.com
|Grand River Region
||Contact Christine Aberle
||Betty Wainwright firstname.lastname@example.org
||Contact Alma Moir email@example.com
||Parkhill Silver Blades
|| Woodstock SC
||Niki Tschirhart firstname.lastname@example.org
|| Merritton FSC
||Contact Nancy Jo Gamache
|| Waterford Tricenturena SC
||Michelle Mason email@example.com
"Skate Canada is committed to providing special
needs athletes with program and competitive opportunities. Liaising
regularly with Special Olympics Canada as well as other sport
organizations for athletes with a disability, Skate Canada provides
updates and support to member clubs regarding strategies on how
to integrate Special Olympians and other special needs skaters
into regular club programming."
Come Be Part of Something Special
|| Special Olympics Ontario is a non-profit organization
that provides sport training and competition for individuals
with an intellectual disability. Figure skating coaches who
are interested in working with these figure skating athletes,
contact Jeannie Skeggs, Area Coordinator, Special
Olympics Ontario at (905) 304-5705 or e-mail Region1and2@osoinc.com
For information contact Special Olympics Ontario,
18 Wynford Dr., Suite 300, Toronto, ON M3C 3S2, toll free: 1-888-333-5515.
Special Olympics Figure Skating Competitions in WO Section
Official Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Sports Rules shall govern
all SOC Figure Skating competitions. As a national sports program,
SOC has created these rules based upon the International Skating
Union (ISU) and the Skate Canada rules for figure skating. ISU
or Skate Canada rules shall be employed except when they are in
conflict with official SOC Sports Rules. In such cases, official
SOC Figure Skating Rules shall apply.
Special Needs - Categories Offered
- Singles - there are 6 levels of Freeskate
categories, Level 1 - Level 6
- Pairs - there are 3 levels of Pair categories,
Level 1 - Level 3
- Dance - there are 4 levels of Dance categories,
Level 1 - Level 4
- The rotation of dances is determined and implemented by Special
- Please review the rules as issued by Canadian Special Olympics.
WO Special Olympics Contacts
Shannon Cotnam, WO Board Support, Special Olympics
Carol Moir, WO Skating Programs Coordinator
519-686-0431, ext. 23