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) UPDATED Jan. 15: Here it is: the "final" 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.) The Games website is here: http://2020springgames.com/. For any questions, please contact District Developer Hellaina at hellainar@specialolympicsontario.com. 
    Posted Jan 15, 2020, 2:35 PM 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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Who loves Winter?!
With the snow comes skiing - alpine AND Nordic! - as well as snowshoe racing, and arena sports like figure skating, speed skating and curling, and let's not forget Floor Hockey! To get involved, 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. 






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/