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athletes from Special Olympics Ontario Belleville & Quinte West Snowshoe Team compete in the East Conference Provincial Qualifier

Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport.

Over the past 49 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Special Olympics Ontario has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability.

We continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Ontario and those involved with us. As an organization, we work to ensure our volunteers are strongly committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Through these steps, we hope to continue to build upon the past success of the organization.

First competition for the newly formed snowshoe team and the athletes performed beyond expectations.

On February 3rd, six athletes from the Special Olympics Ontario Belleville & Quinte West Snowshoe Team travelled to Pembroke to compete in the East Conference Snowshoe Provincial Qualifier Tournament. The results from a provincial Qualifier are used to determine which athletes from the Eastern District will be eligible to advance to the Special Olympics Ontario 2019 Provincial Winter Games which will be held in Sault St. Marie. Athletes from Pembroke, Ottawa and Thunder Bay also competed at this qualifying event.

Submitted by Stacey McKeown

East Conference

Snowshoe Provincial Qualifier

ATHLETE    RACE   DIVISION PLACE

Blair Bastien                     200m F1 3rd

Nicole Ferguson               100m F2 1st

                                          200m F4 1st

Nicole Flynn                     100m F3 2nd

                                        200m F2 2nd

Gaerrisen Freeland          100m M1 1st

                                         200m M3 1st

                                         400m M2 1st

Kai Freeland                    100m M2 4th

                                         200m M5 4th

LeeAnn Hardy                  100m F2 3rd

                                        200m F4 2nd

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