Welcome to the Central Ontario District Site! 
We provide quality sport training programs and competitions for athletes living with an intellectual disability in the district of Central Ontario.

If you're an athlete, a coach, or a volunteer, or thinking of becoming one, check us out and learn about the exciting opportunities that we have to offer.

If you like to hang out on Twitter, follow District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg: @HellainaR

News Flash

  • THREE Provincial competitions, THREE lists! (click on post to open page with attachments) The third, Sept. 6 announcement of District Team lists for athletes heading to the 2019 Provincial Winter Games has just been made! "Stars Meet" from January 31st to February 3rd. Visit the Games website here: http://ssm2019games.com/. Sault Ste. Marie, here we come! Also at this point, announcements have been made for the Provincial Floor Hockey Championships in May and the Provincial 5-pin Bowling Championships in June. Congratulations to all athletes! Please direct any questions to District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg: hellainar@specialolympicsontario.com. 
    Posted Sep 8, 2018, 6:12 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • Click here for Friends & Family info for Nationals! More information can be found in the files that you can access by clicking below. GO TEAM ONTARIO!
    Posted Feb 27, 2018, 1:03 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • The Fall PNU is here! (please click on the link to be taken to the post with the document) Welcome to fall! Special Olympics Ontario hopes that you enjoy flipping through this season's Provincial News Update (click on the file below), which holds all sorts of information from almost every aspect of Special Olympics: competition, coaching, finance, marketing, LETR, awards... the list goes on! As ever, please don't hesitate to reach out to District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg with any questions you have about programs in your community, what goes on at the District level, or provincial initiatives: hellainar@specialolympicsontario.com. 
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:28 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
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Congratulations 2018 Award Winners: 
Central Ontario should be proud!

In reviewing the list of 2018 Provincial Award Winners found at http://www1.specialolympicsontario.com/blog/2018-provincial-awards-announcment/, let's take pride in the accomplishments of those in communities across the district:

Athlete Lifetime Achievement Award: Wayne Morton, Central Bruce
Female Coach of the Year: Kathy McCarroll, Barrie
Volunteer of the Year: Barb King, Owen Sound
Educator of the Year: Ernie Ellement, Peterborough
School Athlete of the Year: Jake Nelson, Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes S.S.

A Special Year for Special Olympics: our 50th Anniversary!

Who knew fifty years ago that a one-day sports festival for athletes with an intellectual disability would become a global movement for inclusion? Well, more than a few people that day in 1968 at Soldier's Field in Chicago certainly must have! Canada was represented by a Floor Hockey team from Toronto, and the vision came from a young researcher in Ontario: Dr. Frank Hayden. Read on to learn more about the history of how Special Olympics was born, as we celebrate what it has become: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-how-the-special-olympics-were-born/