On Our Game – Special Olympics Ontario
What does it mean to be a part of the team? It’s about being someone special with a gift to share. These athletes come together to make their dreams a reality. When asked who they are doing this for? Brandon Derrell quickly replied “I’m going to win it for myself because that’s the only person I can do it for”.
On the morning of Friday, July 30, 2018 they met at Pearson International Airport to begin their travels to Nova Scotia where they’ll participate in the National Games. As they exited the bus at Terminal 3 the team was greeted by Peel Regional Police Deputy Chief McCord, Inspector Smith and Sergeant Pendlebury along with a number of other supportive Peel officers, family and friends.
The group was fully decked out in their matching uniforms and personalized luggage which was officially unveiled on July 27 when we announced our sponsorship of the team through the Legacy Fund which raised $39,000 to assist the 52 athletes and their coaches from Peel Region on their journey to the Olympics.
The energy in the cool morning air was a mix of joy and nervous. For some, this is their second time going to Nationals, while others are experiencing everything for the first time. These first time anxious travellers were comforted knowing they were paired with teammates who had experienced these events before, while quietly reassuring themselves that their parents will be awaiting them when they land. Their bags were checked, they had posed for photos, high fives and hugs were complete and the team continued on their journey.
Special Olympics Canada hosts National Games every two years, alternating between summer and winter. Athletes from across Canada compete in various sports over the course of a week with the goal of achieving personal bests and in some cases, the opportunity to be named part of Team Canada for the proceeding World Games.
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