Special Olympics



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Who can apply?

Professionals or students in the following or related fields are eligible to assist with FUNfitness screenings: Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy assistants, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology.

Additional Information

FUNfitness provides athletes the opportunity to be screened for flexibility of hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominal and lower extremity muscles; and balance. During FUNFitness these screenings, volunteers work with athletes and coaches to improve optimal function in sports training and competition, prevention of or reduced risk for injury and recommending exercises and other helpful strategies. Athlete receive a list of exercises they should perform at home to help with flexibility, balance and strength and a referral for follow-up care if necessary.  The screening also offers health care professionals and students  the opportunity to work with people with intellectual disabilities in an effort to improve their practical skills in working with this population. 

Clinical directors

Harsharn gill

Harsharn Gill is a physiotherapist, she completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University and went on to the University of Western Ontario for her Master of Physiotherapy. Harsharn is an experienced clinician focusing on orthopaedic conditions.

jessica doody

Jessica has been a Fun Fitness Clinical Director in the Healthy Athletes Program since 2018. She graduated from McMaster University in 2016 with her Master of Science in Physiotherapy. Since graduating, she has worked as a physiotherapist with both adults and children who present across the cognitive and physical abilities spectrum. Currently, she works at a pediatric rehabilitation centre working with children ages 0-21. Before entering into physiotherapy, Jessica was a part of various community programs that focus on helping individuals of all ages and abilities be active, including adaptive summer camp coordination and accessible sport promotion. She wholeheartedly believes in the multidimensional powers of active living! In her free time, she loves hiking, cooking, and painting; as well as spending time with her family, friends and pet dogs. She is thrilled to be a part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program!

aurelie dimandja

Aulie completed her Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma Program at Mohawk College. She has worked in various healthcare settings such as: long term care homes, physiotherapy clinic, community, and hospital. She has worked with people with intellectual and developmental disability, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, geriatrics, orthopaedic and mental health. In addition, Aulie is involved in the community as a volunteer Board Member with various non-profit organizations. She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for Cystic Fibrosis Canada - Hamilton Chapter. Aulie began volunteering with Special Olympics Ontario in May 2018.

mike bennett

Mike is a registered physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. He obtained his Master of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta in 2008. Since graduating, he has worked in Alberta, Australia and Ontario. While in Australia, he obtained a Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He also has certificates for performing Acupuncture and Dry Needling. Mike has received training in treatment of cancer rehab, vestibular therapy, temporo-mandibular joint and concussions. Mike is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Vestibular Disorders Association. He has previously worked with an Australian rules football team, Tim Horton’s brier and the medical team at the Indigenous Games. Mike has been a FUNfitness Clinical Director since 2018.

allison gaudet

Allison has been a FunFitness Clinical Director since 2018 and is a Physiotherapist from Kitchener Waterloo. 

Kate gualdie

Kate has been a FunFitness Clinical Director since 2007 and is a Physiotherapist from Toronto. 

Nikunj patel

Nikunj has been a FUNFitness Clinical Director since 2018 and is a Physiotherapist from Toronto. 

Rob balough

Rob has been a FUNFitness Clinical Director since 2007 and is a Physiotherapist from Toronto.

rosemarie lynett

Rosemarie has been a FUNFitness Clinical Director since 2017 and is a Physiotherapist from Toronto.

susan robarts

Susan has been a FUNFitness Clinical Director since 2018 and is a Physiotherapist from Toronto.