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2024 PROVINCIAL SPRING GAMES

The cancellation of the 2020 Provincial Spring Games left many people with an unsettled feeling of not being able to compete at the competition they trained so hard for. As a result of the cancellation, Special Olympics Ontario will provide the athletes and coaches, who were identified to attend the 2020 Spring Games, to have the first right of refusal to be identified for the 2024 Spring Games.

We recognize that there are many athletes who have continued to train hard through the pandemic.  We want to ensure those athletes are also given the opportunity to continue on their journey to attend a Spring Provincial Games.  As a result, we will be making adjustments to the quota to give additional athletes an opportunity to be identified for the 2024 Provincial Spring Games. We are uncertain how many additional athlete quota spots will be available until we know how many athletes from 2020 will be attending.  It is possible that additional quota spots will not be available for all sports, all conferences or all districts. To ensure transparency in the quota allocation process, we have enlisted the help of a volunteer advisory committee to ensure equitable distribution of any additional quota spots.

Any questions regarding the 2024 Provincial Spring Games should be directed to: Games@specialolympicsontario.com 

2020 Provincial Spring Games Athlete Eligibility

The athletes who were identified for the 2020 Spring Games will need to meet the eligibility requirements to be invited to the 2024 games.  Here is a list of the eligibility requirements:

  • Athletes must be training in the sport they were identified for the 2020 games
  • Athletes must be members in good standing within their community and be endorsed by their community council / coach
  • Athletes will be competing in the same sport, and the same events they were identified for in 2020, therefore, specific sports will require athletes to submit results from a current competition. Note: timed results do not need to meet the 2020 submissions, however, they do need to meet the minimum time standards for the event (swimming)

2020 Provincial Spring Games Athletes and Coaches Invitation to Compete

Below is an outline of the process to confirm your attendance at the 2024 Provincial Spring Games:

ATHLETES:

  1. Athletes to submit the Declaration of Interest Form by February 1, 2023.
  2. Community Endorsement for all athletes who have submitted their Declaration of Interest.
  3. An email will be sent to all athletes informing them of their endorsement status.
  4. Endorsed athletes will be required to attend a Provincial Qualifier, Hometown Games or Invitational Competition and compete in the events that they were originally identified for in 2020.
  5. Athletes will need to submit their competition results by June 1, 2023
  6. Competition results will be verified and athletes will be sent the invitation to attend the 2024 Provincial Spring Games.
  7. Parent/Guardian endorsement and Games Registration due August 30, 2023

TO SUBMIT THE ATHLETE DECLARATION OF INTEREST FORM – CLICK HERE

COACHES:

  1. Coaches Declaration Form available June 1, 2023
  2. Coaches to submit the Declaration of Interest Form by July 31, 2023.
  3. Community Endorsement for all coaches will take place.
  4. Coach Identification for 2024 Spring Games completed September 15, 2023

2024 Provincial Games Athlete Eligibility and Identification

If you were not identified to attend the 2020 Provincial Spring Games, you may still have an opportunity to be identified to attend the 2024 Provincial Spring Games.

Please CLICK HERE to review the athlete and team eligibility for Provincial Games. Note, due to circumstances around the pandemic, eligibility requirements may be adjusted to accommodate current training conditions.

ATHLETES:

  1. Must meet the eligibility requirements to be identified for the 2024 Provincial Spring Games.
  2. Be training in the respective sport.
  3. Attend an identified Provincial Qualifier in their sport.
  4. Community Council and Coach endorsement is required.
  5. Parent/Guardian endorsement and Games Registration due August 30, 2023.

COACHES:

  1. Coaches and DTM application process opens June 1, 2023.
  2. Coaches to submit the application by July 31, 2023.
  3. Community Endorsement for all coaches will take place.
  4. Coach Identification for 2024 Spring Games completed September 15, 2023

Sport Specific

Basketball

Basketball Identification Process

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Powerlifting

Powerlifting Identification Process

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic Gymnastics Identification Process

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Swimming

Swimming Identification Process

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Ten Pin

Ten Pin Bowling Identification Process

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