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TVDSB Special Olympics 2015

Between thunderstorms, tornado watches and construction, we certainly were kept on our toes last week at the TVDSB Special Olympics!

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Let Me Be Brave

From June 9-11, over 900 elementary and secondary school athletes with developmental disabilities competed at the TVDSB Special Olympics at TD Waterhouse Stadium. 

Each day began with the London Police Pipes and Drums leading the students onto the field for opening ceremonies, which included an inspirational pep talk from a former Special Olympics athlete.

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Pipe Band
TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Parade

From there, the athletes jumped (sometimes literally) into a variety of events, like wheelchair races, sprints, relays, softball throw, long jump, shot-put, and some special activities like He Shoots, She Scores, the obstacle course and fish pond. 

Peer coaches and volunteers were all close by offering encouragement and cheers of support to the eager athletes.

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Long Jump

While the three-day event started off a little grey, with thunderstorms and tornado watches causing rescheduling, it ended with a beautiful, sunny day full of enthusiasm!

Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and community partners who came together to make this year’s TVDSB Special Olympics such a success.

TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Peer Coaches
TVDSB Special Olympics 2015 - Flags

The Special Olympics is presented annually by TVDSB in partnership with Investing in Children and Special Olympics Ontario.