Sports and Competition


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Each sport is designated as Spring, Summer and Winter sports offerings.

Winter

Alpine Skiing
 
Curling
 
Figure Skating
 
Floor Hockey
 
Nordic Skiing
 
Snowshoeing
 
Speed Skating

Spring

5 Pin Bowling
 
10 Pin Bowling
 
Basketball
 
Powerlifting
 
Rhythmic Gymnastics
 
Swimming

 
 

Summer

Athletics
 
Bocce
 
Golf
 
Soccer
 
Softball

 
 
 
 

COMPETITION STRUCTURE


The fundamental difference which sets Special Olympics competitions apart is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate and every athlete is recognized for his or her performance. Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions.

Similar to other sports organizations, Special Olympics competitions are structured to provide opportunities for increasingly challenging competitions. This means that recreational and competitive athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the community level with the opportunity to advance to Regional, Provincial, National or World competitions based on qualifying criteria.

REGIONAL


Regional competitions are open to all athletes within their own community. Local competitions are hosted under the guidance of our Community Competitions Co-Ordinator, Jennifer Findlay (jennf@specialolympicsontario.com), who is responsible for ensuring that the organization and quality of the competition meets the standards established by Special Olympics Ontario. Athletes who participate at the regional level have an opportunity to qualify for provincial competition.

Regional and Community Competitions include:

  • Friendlies
  • Invitationals
  • Virtual Competitions
  • Provincial Qualifiers

PROVINCIAL


Provincial Games are held on a rotating basis over a four-year period. Athletes based on age, gender, performance and regional endorsement are selected from Provincial Games to advance to National Games. Special Olympics athletes who compete in lower and middle skill levels have an equal opportunity to advance to a higher level of competition as those athletes who have participated in a more advanced skill level. To ensure that this is so, athlete advancement is determined by an individual’s performance relative to his/her peers of equal skill level. Once Team Ontario members are announced, competitors will be registered in events according to their results achieved at the Provincial Games in the year preceding National Games.

NATIONAL AND WORLD


National Games are held every two (2) years on a rotating basis (summer & winter). Athletes are selected from National Games to advance to World Games, also held every two years on a rotating winter and summer basis. For more information on National or World Games respectively, follow the links below.