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

Support Nationals-Bound Athletes from YOUR Community

Team Ontario is busily preparing for the 2020 National Winter Games in Thunder Bay and communities across Central Ontario will be well-represented in Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoe Racing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Curling, Floor Hockey and 5 Pin Bowling. Meet your local athletes and click "be a fan" to support their journey: http://team.specialolympicsontario.com/meet-the-athletes/

News Flash

  • SPRING GAMES 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT! (click on title for article with announcement) Here it is: what we've been waiting for - the announcement for Central District's Team-in-Training for the 2020 Provincial Spring Games taking place in Waterloo, May 21-23. Congratulations to those athletes on the list! (The list is below.) Updated lists will be posted as more athletes complete the endorsement process. The Games website is here: http://2020springgames.com/. For any questions, please contact District Developer Hellaina at hellainar@specialolympicsontario.com. 
    Posted Nov 1, 2019, 9:25 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • Read All About It! (please click on the title to be taken to the post with the linked document) The Fall 2019 Provincial News Update is hot off the press. Read all about important news from Special Olympics Ontario: Resources, Sport & Competition, Awards, and more! As ever, if you have any questions about anything, please start with your District Developer - Hellaina at hellainar@specialolympicsontario.com.
    Posted Sep 25, 2019, 4:38 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
  • Team Ontario Announcement: Winter Nationals 2020, Here We Come! (click on post title to be taken to article with attachment) Central Ontario will be well-represented on Team Ontario in Thunder Bay February 25-29 for the National Winter Games. Athletes will compete in Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoe racing, speed and figure skating, curling, floor hockey and 5-pin bowling. Click on the announcement below to find out whose coming from where. For more information on the Games, visit http://specialolympics2020.com/. 
    Posted Jul 9, 2019, 1:37 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg
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Fall has Arrived...
and with it, winter and spring sport start-ups. Many communities have already had their fall registration events, but that doesn't mean it's too late to join! Reach out to your community's registrar, contact the head coach for the program you're interested in, or connect with Central Ontario District Developer Hellaina at hellainar@specialolympicsontario.com. 

A Fun Fall Tradition: The Guardians Half Marathon & 5k
So much fun to gather at OPP Headquarters in Orillia on October 20th for this annual Law Enforcement Torch Run event. Athletes from across Central Ontario participated. Thanks to all runners and volunteers for your great support!

2018/2019 - 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/