Special Olympics Ontario Athletes and Coaches Join Team Canada in Berlin for the 2023 Summer World Games

From June 17-25, Berlin, Germany will welcome 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from over 190 countries to compete in 26 sports. The athletes will be supported by more than 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers. This is the first time that Germany will host the Games! 

The Special Olympics World Games is a prestigious international sporting event that celebrates the achievements and abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities. The games will feature athletes from all around the world, who will compete in a wide range of sports disciplines. These sports include athletics, swimming, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, powerlifting, and many more. Berlin has been chosen as the host city for the 2023 World Games due to its rich history, vibrant culture, and outstanding sporting facilities. The city has a strong commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, making it an ideal location for such an important event. 

17 athletes from Ontario to represent Canada:

Name Sport Hometown
Annick Léger Athletics Mississauga
Blair Bastien Basketball 5v5 Campbellford
Candace BushieWomen's Soccer Peterborough
Christopher Innes Swimming London
Curtis Cook Athletics Pickering
Dana ThompsonBasketball 5v5 Durham
Dashawn Williams Basketball 5v5 Milton
Franck Koffi Basketball 5v5 Toronto
Jennifer AllenBasketball 5v5 Guelph
Josée Seguin Powerlifting Chelmsford
Kaylee Legault Basketball 5v5 Welland
Kimana Mar Rhythmic Gymnastics Ottawa
Kristy Alford Women's SoccerAngus
Laura Stremble BocceDundas
Marc RichardsonBowling Guelph
Marley Gayler Powerlifting Kitchener
Natasha Stasiuk Golf Oakville

7 Coaches from Ontario to represent Canada:

Name Sport Hometown
Duane Carson Powerlifting Mission StaffNewmarket
Elaine Willcock Rhythmic Gymnastics CoachGreater Ottawa
Evan KrofchickSwimming Assistant Coach Toronto
Glenn Cundari Golf Head Coach North Bay
Helen Johnston Basketball Coach Huronia
James Richardson Basketball Coach South Simcoe
Renee Stewart Athletics Coach Arnprior

Learn more about the games:

Berlin 2023: The official website of the Berlin 2023 Special Olympics World Games serves as the primary source of information for the event. It provides details about the participating countries, the venues, the competition schedule, and practical information for athletes, families, and supporters planning to attend.  

Special Olympics Ontario's World Games Landing Page serves as a central hub of information for our community and supporters to cheer on our local athletes on team Canada! Stay in the know during the games, see what sports are playing when, any photos of our athletes in berlin, and updates on medal alerts!  

Special Olympics Team Canada's website offers specific information about Team Canada's participation in the 2023 World Games. It highlights the athletes and coaches representing Canada and their inspiring stories of dedication and perseverance.

TSN is an official broadcasting partner of the World Games. As the anticipation is building as the Special Olympics Ontario Berlin Games kick off with a spectacular Opening Ceremony, TSN is bringing the magic of the event right to your screens through their live streaming service. By visiting the link soontar.io/watch-world-games, fans can catch all the action, emotions, and inspiring moments of the Opening Ceremony and competitions to follow.

The Special Olympics World Games in Berlin promise to be an unforgettable celebration of sports, friendship, and empowerment. It will unite athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world, inspiring and uplifting individuals while creating lasting memories and friendships!