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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.

Welcome to Spring, 2021!

posted Mar 29, 2021, 11:39 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Mar 30, 2021, 7:51 AM ]

(please click on the title to be taken to the post with link) It's been a while since we've posted to the Central District website... Welcome back! This is the best place to post the District Admin Team presentation for all who are interested, to access. The presentation reviews the many virtual initiatives Special Olympics has rolled out, and we look forward to lots of neat things over the coming months, especially with the Reveal Your Champion program and the Virtual Games platform. Also included here is the Central District recipe collection. Thanks, Barrie CC Dawn for putting that together: bon appetit! Don't hesitate to reach out to Program Consultant Hellaina with any questions on maintaining connections to Special Olympics, or about Return to Program plans:


posted Nov 1, 2019, 9:25 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated May 8, 2020, 2:39 PM ]

Please note that the 2020 Provincial Spring Games have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For full information on Special Olympics Ontario's response to the pandemic, please visit

Read All About It!

posted Sep 25, 2019, 4:38 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Sep 25, 2019, 4:38 PM ]

(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

Team Ontario Announcement: Winter Nationals 2020, Here We Come!

posted Jul 9, 2019, 1:37 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Jul 9, 2019, 1:37 PM ]

(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

Special Olympics Invitational Youth Games: May 14-17

posted Jun 21, 2019, 2:06 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

Special Olympics Ontario welcomed youth athletes from around this province, from across Canada, and internationally to Toronto to participate in this amazing event! Visit the website for results and recaps!

Spring Provincial News Update

posted May 10, 2019, 1:06 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated May 10, 2019, 1:07 PM ]

(please click on the title of this post to be taken to the page with the link to the document) Extra, Extra - Read All About It! Here is this spring's all-in-one current events tabloid from Special Olympics Ontario. This edition has updates on sport, online resources, National marketing campaigns, Torch Run, Leadership, Healthy Athletes, and more! Give it a read, and share it with others who may benefit from the information. Please contact District Developer Hellaina ( if you have any questions.

March 25th: Special Olympics Day Across Ontario

posted May 10, 2019, 12:51 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated May 10, 2019, 12:54 PM ]

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary year for the Special Olympics movements, communities across the province held events with local Law Enforcement Torch Run and Knights of Columbus, to mark 50 days until the Invitational Youth Games. Below the photo shows St. Joseph's along with SOO-Barrie community athletes joining Barrie Police in the celebrations. There was great turnout in communities across Central Ontario!

Special Olympics: United Around the World!

posted Mar 28, 2019, 1:43 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Mar 28, 2019, 1:43 PM ]

(click on title to go to post with photo) In March, SOO-Orillia athlete Stephen Graham will be travelling to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Final Leg of the Torch Run for the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Stephen is one of eight athletes world-wide who were selected for this amazing event. During his time there, he will be part of the Polar Plunge: yes, a pool of cold, freezing ice! Stephen is asking for donations for this event. 100% of the funds Stephen raises will come back to Special Olympics Ontario, with 50% of the donations being directed to programs in Orillia. Please support the vital services that Special Olympics provide by donating online.  "Thank you in advance for your generosity." Click on the link to donate: (and click to confirm that you are not a robot!)

Bravo, Central Ontario at Provincial Winter Games!

posted Mar 28, 2019, 1:40 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Mar 28, 2019, 1:41 PM ]

(click on title to go to post with photo) What an amazing 2019 Provincial Winter Games it was in Sault Ste Marie... Six sports, over a hundred Central Ontario athletes and coaches, and medals galore. Congratulations on all successes! 

Congratulations 2018 Award Winners: Central Ontario Should be Proud!

posted Jan 28, 2019, 11:01 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on title to be taken to article with photo) 
In reviewing the list of 2018 Provincial Award Winners found at, let's take pride in the accomplishments of those in communities across Central 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.

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