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This section contains information about the Eastern Ontario District of Special Olympics Ontario. This district is comprised of communities from Northumberland to Ottawa. Please see minutes and newsletters below for the latest news! 

Athlete Leadership Program Comes to Kingston October 29th

posted Sep 30, 2016, 7:43 AM by   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 11:32 AM ]

Call For Volunteers To Fill District Administrative Positions

posted Aug 29, 2016, 11:20 AM by   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 11:33 AM ]

Special Olympics Ontario is looking for volunteers with a strong administrative background to fill district level administrative positions in Eastern Ontario.

The District Administrative Team (DAT) consists of an Administrative Lead, Financial Lead and Secretary. For a full outline of duties and responsibilities please visit section 5.0 on the Information Portal.

All interested applicants should contact their District Developer and fill in the application form found HERE, by Oct 1, 2016.

 Applicants may be contacted for an interview and references may be checked.

District Administrative Team selections will be voted at the DAT meeting to be held October 23, 2016 announced following notification of all applicants.

 If you have any questions regarding the DATs roles and responsibilities please contact your District Developer, Stacey McKeown, or (888)333-5515 ext. 278.

Provincial Floor Hockey Championships a HUGE Success!

posted May 12, 2015, 9:39 AM by   [ updated Sep 18, 2015, 12:37 PM ]

On May 7th, Floor Hockey teams from across Ontario rallied at Carleton University in Ottawa for the 2015 Provincial Floor Hockey Championships.  Athletes, Coaches, Family, Friends and Fans all had a spectaular time from Opening Ceremonies to the Victory Dance.  
Eastern Ontario teams did extremely well!
Senators Division
Ottawa Gladiators - Gold Medal

Ducks Division
Brockville Islanders - Gold Medal
Lennox & Addington Lightning - Bronze Medal

Leafs Division
Ottawa Spartans - Bronze Medal

Many thanks go out the the volunteers, Games Organizing Committee and Sponsors who made this weekend possible.

2015 Provincial Floor Hockey Championships

Eastern District athletes and coaches at Provincial Winter games

posted Feb 10, 2015, 11:37 AM by   [ updated May 12, 2015, 10:05 AM ]

In the wee hours of the morning on January 29th, athletes and coaches from accros eastern Ontario loaded into buses and started out on the journey to the 2015 Provincial Winter games in North Bay Ontario. 
Athletes competed in 6 different sports, Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snoe Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Curling.  All had fun and many came home sporting medals.

Please select the links below to see the resulkts of our Eastern District athletes and their photos.

2015 Floor Hockey Provincial Championships Teams Announcment

posted Dec 1, 2014, 12:37 PM by

Eastern District Training Squad (November 28th,2014)

posted Nov 28, 2014, 10:43 AM by   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 8:54 AM ]

2015 Provincial Winter Games Eastern Training Squad (November 28, 2014)

posted Nov 28, 2014, 10:43 AM by   [ updated Nov 28, 2014, 10:53 AM ]

2015 Provincial Floor Hockey Championship Announcment

posted Mar 14, 2014, 1:32 PM by

Ottawa to host 2015 Special Olympics provincial floor hockey championships

Ottawa to host 2015 Special Olympics provincial floor hockey championships

Special Olympians attend a news conference at Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin Street on Thursday, where Chief Charles Bordeleau announced that the 2015 Special Olympics provincial floor hockey championships will be held in Ottawa at Carleton University.

Photograph by: Mike Carroccetto , Ottawa Citizen

Mélanie Héroux was bubbling with enthusiasm on Wednesday after police Chief Charles Bordeleau announced that Ottawa will host 2015 Special Olympics provincial floor hockey championship.

Héroux, 30, who has been with the Special Olympics since she was 15 years old, was one among the speakers at a news conference at Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin Street to announce the tournament.

Héroux played with the Ottawa Gladiators floor hockey team last year and, as an athlete ambassador for the Special Olympics, speaks at schools and community centres to raise awareness of Special Olympics in Canada.

“My role is to be a leader for my fellow athletes and to wish them the best of luck,” she said.

Nearly 400 athletes from 24 teams from across Ontario will gather in Ottawa for the championship at Carleton University, which takes place from May 7-9, 2015. Besides the 384 athletes, the event will bring 72 coaches and more than 400 volunteers to the city.

Héroux said the news was exciting for everyone on the team.

“We’re all basically a big, huge family,” she said. “So it means a lot to have the support of the police behind us for the big announcement of the championship.”

Other members of the team were present at the press conference, along with Ottawa Senators alumni Shawn Rivers and Brad Marsh.

Tim O’Brien joined the Gladiators in 2013 and sees the championship as an opportunity not only for the team, but for the city.

“I’m excited, I really am,” he said. “I mean, it’s an opportunity for us to host a championship and have teams come from all over Ontario to play, and it’s great for Ottawa.”

The arrival of the championship in Ottawa is the result of a partnership between Special Olympics provincial floor hockey, Ottawa Police Service and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, with help from the Ontario Hockey League. In 2013, law enforcement agencies across Ontario raised $1.5 million for Special Olympics Ontario through the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run marathon. The strength of the relationship between police services across Canada and the Special Olympics was the key message of Bordeleau’s address.

“The Ottawa Police Service and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police have a long-standing relationship with Special Olympics across Canada,” Bordeleau said. “And that relationship will continue.”

© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

SOO Launches Youth Sport Survey in Partnership with York University

posted Jul 17, 2013, 11:59 AM by Jarrod Copland

Special Olympics Ontario is working with York University on a comprehensive assessment of sport participation in youth ages 11-21 years with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics research team at York University is inviting parents/caregivers to participate in a survey that can make a huge difference to the Special Olympics community.

If you’re interested in a participating please visit,

By combining your voice with up to 6,000 other Special Olympics Ontario families, we hope that this research will inform how policies and services, including sport programs like Special Olympics, are developed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This survey is important because your feedback will help us understand how and why athletes participate in sport as well as in other home, community and school activities. We also want to learn about their well-being and that of your family. We hope that this information can be used to help improve services for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, in and out of Special Olympics.

Participants are automatically entered into a draw to win a pizza party for their child’s entire Special Olympics team!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any questions or concerns regarding the study, please contact:
Lauren Wolman at or call (416) 447-8326 x 257 and leave a message and she will respond to you as soon as possible.

We appreciate your time and consideration!

Region 7 Pre-Season Coaches Meeting Minutes

posted Apr 17, 2013, 5:51 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 17, 2013, 5:55 PM ]

Please see attached meeting minutes. Thanks to all who attended. 

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