Special Olympics Day in Collingwood
The Town of Collingwood is proclaiming February 26th, 2022 as Special Olympics Day in honour of the 25th Anniversary of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 1997 that Collingwood co-hosted with the city of Toronto. A recognition will be made during the opening ceremonies of the 24h BLUE MTN Ski Relay. A special message from Brian Saunderson, Mayor - Town of Collingwood:
Collingwood has a long and proud association with the Special Olympics movement. It began 25 years ago when, together with the City of Toronto, we hosted the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games. It was a massive undertaking with 2,000 athletes from 73 Countries who competed in five sports. It was the first, and only time to date, that Canada hosted a Special Olympics Games and it was an event that changed lives and changed our community. Since then, Collingwood has celebrated and supported our Special Olympics athletes who, through their commitment and dedication, demonstrate daily the joy of sport and the power of friendship through competition.
I want to congratulate and thank the many volunteers whose dedication made those Winter Games such a success, and to thank the countless volunteers since then who have worked tirelessly and continue to work tirelessly to make the Special Olympics movement in our community so powerful.
To all the participants in the 24-Hour Blue Mountain Ski Relay; welcome, good luck and thank you for your generosity. The funds raised will help to ensure the legacy of the 1997 Special Olympics Winter Games will live on in our community.
Mayor - Town of Collingwood
Look How Far You've Come
Special Olympics is not nationalistic. We play no national anthem. We wave no flags. We permit no computation of medals won by specific countries. It is individual effort and achievement that counts.
Thirty-five years ago, I decided to make it my mission to bring together two different worlds - the world of mental handicap and the world of sport. In 1963, this was definitely a contradiction in terms. Special Olympics was to be pure sport.
CELEBRATE THE LEGACY
Special Olympics Ontario is planning a short celebration as part of the Opening Ceremony of the 24h BLUE MTN Ski event supporting Special Olympics Ontario and the Collingwood Marine Hospital Foundation.
Blue Mountain Resort Village Square
156 Jozo Weider Blvd,
The Blue Mountains, ON
Saturday, February 26th, 2022
Whether you ski/snowboard or not, you are invited to come celebrate with us as we honour the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Collingwood! If you were a volunteer, find your Special Olympics green jacket and wear it to the celebration.
And if you are a skier or snowboarder, why not stay and participate in 24h BLUE MTN?
Join in on this day of recognition in remembering the first Special Olympics World Winter Games in Canada!
Share your photos on social media, like the ones above of Sue Diggins and Patty Federer, who were volunteers at the World Winter Games in 1997 and are proudly wearing their green volunteer jackets!
Be sure to use the hashtag #Collingwood1997 and tag Special Olympics Ontario (@SOOntario on Twitter, @SpecialOlympicsOntario on Facebook/Instagram)!