Team Canada announced for World Winter Games - Korea 2013

posted Aug 16, 2012, 7:22 AM by Info Webmaster   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 9:16 AM by Stacey McKeown ]
Please see that attached list of athletes for Team Canada!  Congrats to all of our Ontario Athletes!!! 

TORONTO, ON, May17, 2012 – Special Olympics Canada announced today the names of the
141 athletes, coaches and mission staff who will represent Canada at the 2013 Special Olympics
World Winter Games. Billed as the world’s largest sporting event in 2013, these winter games
will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, also host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, from
January 29 to February 5, 2013.

The eight-day competition will bring together nearly 3,300 athletes from as many as 120
countries to this mountain resort with world-class competition venues.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this within the Special Olympics community, and the 2013 Special
Olympics World Winter Games are an incredible opportunity for our Canadian athletes,” said
Sharon Bollenbach, vice-president of sport with Special Olympics Canada. “These world games
are also important because they bring attention to the talents and capabilities of people with an
intellectual disability, helping to change attitudes and to break down barriers that can exclude
them from full participation in their communities.”

Athletes on the national team are a mix of veterans and others who will compete at the
international level for the very first time. Each has moved through successive levels of
competition to qualify; first provincials, and then nationals. Final qualification for the 2013
national team was based on performance at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games,
held earlier this year in St. Albert and Jasper, Alberta.

Those selected to the national team will compete in six of the seven sports, including alpine
skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowshoeing, speed skating and floor hockey.
Canadians have contested in this latter sport since the very first Special Olympics international
competition was held in 1968 in Chicago, Illinois.

“These athletes are among the top of their field, and we know that they will make our country
very proud,” said Jennifer Campbell, chef de mission. Campbell, from Winnipeg, Manitoba,
returns as the team’s chef de mission for a second time.

With their selection, Team Canada athletes will be supported by a strong national training
program. Launched in 1998, the training program gives athletes a formalized approach to
training and preparing for world games. It is a model for Special Olympics programs across
North and South America.

Athletes commit to an enhanced weekly training regimen and take part in all aspects of the
conditioning and training program: physical and mental training; committing to a healthy
lifestyle; attending all team functions, including multi-day sport-specific training camps and
staging; and being role models for other Special Olympics athletes, both on and off the field of
play.

They are also supported by a tremendous network of resources leading up to and during the
competition, including mission and coaching staff, a team physician, mental trainer, fitness
instructors, nutritionists, and motivational speakers.

The Canadian delegation also enjoys considerable year-round support from its 21 national
sponsors and partners, including the Government of Canada.
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Stacey McKeown,
Aug 16, 2012, 7:22 AM
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