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All noteworthy announcements will posted here at the top of the page.  Announcements will be archived into one of the four following news sections (below): Sport and Competition, District, Community and Provincial.

The Fall PNU is here!

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:28 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(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: 

The Spring 2017 Provincial News Update is here!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 6:47 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

For your reading pleasure, click on the link below to view the Spring PNU. Get caught up on what's happening across the province in sport, marketing, and administration. Don't hesitate to follow up with District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg with any questions about what's in the PNU, or of course about anything at all relating to your sport, your community, or your District:

Congratulations, Team Canada!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 6:29 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 6:30 AM ]

(please click on title to be taken to full post with photos) Central Ontario Region was well-represented on Team Canada at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. The district sent athletes in every sport Canada competed in at the Games:
Alpine Skiing: David W. and Mike W. from Barrie, Matthew F. with Collingwood
Figure Skating: Rosie L. from Kincardine and coaches Janet C. from Collingwood and Tracey Z. from Orillia
Floor Hockey: Ryan B. and Adam G. with coach Ron C. from Peterborough
Nordic Skiing: Jacqueline G. (pictured, right) from Central Bruce and coach Hellaina R. from Barrie
Snowshoeing: Jade I. (pictured, left) from Barrie
Speed Skating: Stephen Graham from Orillia
Congratulations to these athletes, and to Team Canada for a great showing on the world's sporting stage!

Those Amazing Curlers!

posted Apr 17, 2017, 8:45 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

(click on title to be taken to full post with photos) Central Ontario Region were well-represented at the Ontario Curling Association Tankard in Cobourg on February 4th. 
From Central Bruce (pictured at left) on Ontario's "West Coast" to the the Red Wolves in the highlands of Haliburton 
(pictured at right), we all congratulate those two teams for making it to the event. Central Bruce advanced from the South West playdowns 
hosted in South Saugeen, and Haliburton advanced from the South East playdowns in Kawartha Lakes. So, not only do 
Central Ontario communities play well, we host well! Congratulations and HURRY HARD!

What A Night! SOO AGM & Awards

posted Jan 18, 2017, 3:22 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 3:22 PM ]

Congratulations to all the award recipients at Special Olympics Ontario's Annual General Meeting, held November 9th in Markham, Ontario. Central Ontario was well-represented on the stage, with Female Athlete of the Year Cathy Smith from Barrie (pictured) and School Team of the Year Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Secondary Basketball (pictured). Years of Service recipients for 25 years of dedicated included Marlene Leigh of Orillia (pictured) as well as Janet Collins of Collingwood, Wendy Evans of Central Bruce, Joan and Rae Henry of Huronia, and Bill Strode of Peterborough.

Here are a few words from Cathy Smith:

Thank you for the coaches and the volunteers that trained me well for the World Games in Los Angeles. Thank you for picking me for the Female Athlete of the Year. I am honoured to receive this award. I have been involved with Special Olympics for 20 Years. I enjoy sports with other athletes and my sports are 5 pin bowling, track and field and snowshoeing. Thank you, Cathy Smith.

District Team Announcement: Final list - April 7!

posted Nov 10, 2016, 8:48 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 8:17 AM ]

(please click on the title to be taken to the full post with attachment) Here it is, folks: the announcement of Team Central Ontario for the 2017 Provincial Summer Games being held in Peel Region. Congratulations to those athletes and coaches who have been selected to the Team in Training! For questions about selections, please contact District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg, Team members should keep in good contact with their District Team Managers, Barb King of Owen Sound and Brian Carr of South Saugeen. For more information on the Games, please visit the website at

Meeting and Greeting with your MPs

posted Nov 10, 2016, 8:42 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 8:52 AM ]

(please click on the title to be taken to full post with photo) Athletes across the province have been sharing their experiences with their local Members of Parliament, in the lead-up to Special Olympics Canada's "Capital Hill Day" in Ottawa, October 25th. Here, athlete Jessica Bumstead enjoyed meeting MP Larry Miller with mom Robyn and volunteer Barb Horne, in Owen Sound.

Provincial News Update: "Read all about it!"

posted Oct 11, 2016, 7:07 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on title of post to be taken to page with download) Here it is folks, the document you've all been waiting for! The Provincial News Update includes updates on various initiatives, including coaching courses, marketing campaigns, torch run, major competitions, etc. Share this link with other members of your Special Olympics community.

"I would like to thank..."

posted May 12, 2016, 7:00 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on the title to be taken to the full post with photo) The following is a speech that was delivered by an athlete at the end-of-season banquet held by South Saugeen on April 17. The event was a great way to celebrate the season, as well as recognize volunteers for their contributions to the programs. 

"Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to tell you that I have been a member of the South Saugeen Dolphins swim team for Special Olympics for the past two years.
It has been a great experience for me as I like being a part of a team that encourages you with every race you participate in by cheering you on and high fiving you when it is over.
We all try our best and feel really great when we finish a race. Of course, it is just the best when you get a ribbon. 
On behalf of the Dolphins team, I would like to thank all our coaches, families and friends for all their support.
I am looking forward to next year!"
Suzanne C.

Simcoe County Athletes Featured in Total Sports

posted Apr 11, 2016, 9:28 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on title to be taken to full post with file) Athletes from across Simcoe County who represented Team Ontario at the National Winter Games in Corner Brook, NL in March are featured in this season's issue of Total Sports. Look for it in your mailbox this week! Check out the page in the file downloadable file below... ROCK ON!

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