Special Olympics Ontario/London is proud to announce our 2015 FAN of the Year is Western University! Western has a long and storied relationship with Special Olympics and we thank them for their dedication to our athletes. Congratulations Western!
Special Olympics London congratulates Sgt Mark McGugan of the London Police Service on his induction into the Special Olympics Ontario Hall of Fame. As a driving force behind the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Mark has volunteered countless hours to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. He pioneered a team approach to the torch run events, which allowed for greater involvement amongst his peers. For anyone who remembers the sea of red entering the stadium at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in London, then you remember seeing the work of Mark McGugan. That moving, half-mile long group of police running into Western University, was due to Mark’s extraordinary efforts. Here in London, our athletes have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Mark as he supports them at many events. For all his efforts, we thank Mark and again congratulate him on this well-deserved honour.
Sgt. Mark McGugan, (holding plaque) is surrounded by well-wishers at the Special Olympics Ontario Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
One of the many reasons we love our friends at Western University. Thank you Dance Force Western for your extreme generosity!
2014 Athletes Awards Banquet
It was a great evening at the Athletes Awards banquet. Congratulations to the Murray Faulkner Sportsperson of the Year, Danny Marchand. Check out all the images, all courtesy of Bill Mills.
2014 Special Olympics London Fundraising Golf Tournament
Come out and join us for a fun day on the links and help support our programs. Early bird registration until July 12 gets your name entered in a draw for a golf package for 4 with power carts at Maple Ridge Golf Course. Cost is just $75.
Special Olympics London was delighted to receive a cheque for $80 from Mary Hickey’s JK/SK class at St. Mark’s School. The class wanted to do something for their community and the project they chose was the Special Olympics Active Start program, which is held at their school each Tuesday evening in the fall and winter. Janine Shantz accepted the cheque and was treated to a dance performance by the class as a part of the cheque presentation. Thank you to these young philanthropists!
The 2014 Bowl A Thon was a great success. Check out all the photos.
A big shout-out to Special Olympics powerlifting coach, Ivan Williamson, who has devoted the past 13 + years to training Special Olympics athletes about respect for the sport, respect for themselves, nutrition and team building. For the past 9 years, this training has occurred twice a week, all year long at the Bob Hayward YMCA.
Volunteer, Bill Mills and Athlete, Valerie Nyhout stopped by Scotiabank Cherryhill with some Christmas goodies to thank the staff, on behalf of the athletes and volunteers, for all they do for Special Olympics throughout the year.
The Speedskating Qualifier was held on Saturday December 14th at the Western Fair Sports Complex. Congratulations to Sara and Dylan on great performance. Dylan wrapped up the day with a 2nd in 333m race, a 1st in 500m race, a 1st in 777m race and a 1st in 1500m race, where he knocked 31 secs off from his personal best time! Sara finished the day with a 3rd in 222m race, a 1sst in 333m race, and a 2nd in 500m race. Great job by the Van Lierop family in organizing a stellar event.
The 2013 Murray Faulkner Sportsperson of the Year, Scott Mitchell and the 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Rick Walker, enjoyed some time in Toronto. Check out some of their pictures.
Congratulations to our Bocce players, Adam O., Adam P, Steph and Daniel, who were recognized in Toronto for their championship win they earned at the Youth Bocce Canada Tournament!
The 2013 Scotiabank FANtastic Event, honouring the London Police Service and The Law Enforcement Torch Run was a great evening. Check out some of the images from the evening. Most images by Bill Mills.
From Special Olympics International, the 2012 Reach Report, showing a continued increase in the number of athletes - now at 4.2 million, worldwide.
Congratulations to our London Kings Soccer Team, Special Olympics Ontario Team of the Year!
Everyone had a great time at the 2013 Athletes' Awards Banquet. Congratulations to the Murray Faulkner Sportsperson of the Year, Scott Mitchell.
The 2013 Torch Run was a huge success!
Special Olympics London is pleased to announce that the London Police Service and the Torch Run have been named our 2013 FAN of the Year, to be celebrated at the FANtastic Event in November.
Our athletes had a great time helping out at London Staples stores as they launched their "Give a Toonie, Share a Dream" Campaign. Check out all the photos.
Many thanks to our law enforcement community and Boston Pizza for raising funds for Special Olympics Ontario at Boston Pizza "Police Serving You" night. Check out more photos from the evening.
Congratulations to Rick Walker on being named Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer and Sponsor Reception in April 2013. Check out all the photos from the event.