Special Olympics Ontario Athletes Return to the National Stage

Special Olympics Ontario is pleased to announce the athletes and coaches that have been selected to represent Team Ontario in the upcoming 2022 Canada Summer Games:

Taylor Bennett was a torch runner for the Canada Summer Games, pictured here July 3rd – one day after being selected to Team Ontario for Athletics!
SportName Role Community
SwimmingAustin DalemanAthleteHalton Hills
SwimmingRosie HewittAthleteSimcoe
SwimmingGael ShindanoAthleteOttawa
SwimmingEmily SkuljAthleteSt. Catharines
SwimmingKatie XuAthleteOttawa
SwimmingSarah McNeilCoach Toronto
AthleticsBlair BastienAthleteKitchener Waterloo
AthleticsTaylor BennettAthleteBrantford
AthleticsHudson BoothAthleteNorth Bay
AthleticsMatthew HeldsingerAthleteDurham Region
AthleticsOwen KonkleAthleteWest Niagara
AthleticsShannon SwimsonAthleteWest Niagara
AthleticsJim KruisCoachBrantford
Coach Sarah McNeil keeps a watchful eye during warmups at the Swim Ontario Trials meet, April 10th.

These athletes were selected from the Swim Ontario and Athletics Ontario trials events earlier this spring and summer. Each of the Special Olympics contingents will be accompanied by a Special Olympics coach.

The swimmers will compete in five events: 50m Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke, and 100m Free and Back. The athletics athletes will compete in the 100m and 200m distances on the track.

The Canada Summer Games, using the motto “Once, and for all” is a celebration of youth, sport, culture and community. The Games will take place in Niagara Region from August 6th to 21st, 2022. Special Olympics Ontario wishes these athletes all the best for a successful Games!

For more information on the Canada Summer Games, please visit https://niagara2022games.ca/.

Meet the Team