2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games

Posted at 3:37 pm on March 9, 2018

The tourism industry wants to be ready for when Antigonish hosts the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games from July 31st to August 4th.
The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators, more than 1,000 athletes,  over 400 coaching staff, officials and mission staff and about 600 volunteers.
Cindy MacKinnon of Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores says it’s organizing a series of information sessions over the next several months it calls, “Are We Ready”.
The sessions are open to local businesses and the general public, covering such topics as Be an Ambassador, Know Your Community and its Product, Aesthetics and Visual Identity and Know your Athletes and Learn about the event.  To register your seat at these sessions, email cindy@visitdeans.ca

Posted at 7:42 am on January 17, 2018

Excitement is building in the area over this summer’s Special Olympics National Games in Antigonish, and the county’s Warden shares the feeling. Owen McCarron says a meeting that was held recently with committee members for the summer games was positive, and will put Antigonish in the national spotlight.
McCarron says that the volunteer component for the games will be very important:
McCarron adds that the county will be heavily involved in the games, which is expected to have great economic benefits for both the town and county of Antigonish.

Posted at 8:45 am on August 1, 2017

More upgrades are on the horizon for St.FX Univeristy as they prepare to host the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics. The Federal Government of Canada announced

(Left to Right) Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher, Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron, StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, MP Sean Fraser, Special Olympics co-chair Carl Chisholm, and Special Olympics athlete Theresa Borden

Monday they are investing $500,000 to Oland Stadium to enhance the facility’s capacity and accessibility.

University President Kent MacDonald, says this funding, along with Provincial funding of one million dollars in March goes a long way in helping the campus and larger community:
This project will replace aging outdoor bleachers in order to meet safety standards required to secure and host national sporting events. The 2018 Special Olympics will be underway one year from now.
MP for Central Nova and St.FX graduate, Sean Fraser, says this $500,000 investment helps the greater Antigonish community. It will create jobs and have a positive economic spinoff:
The basketball court is nearly completed with their renovations too, with the bleachers expected to be installed in early September

Posted at 10:39 am on March 21, 2017

There is excitement around yesterday’s 1 million dollar funding announcement from the Provincial government towards Antigonish for hosting the 2018 Canadian Special Olympic Games. The funding will be used to help improve accessibility at the Oland Centre, including the building of new bleachers and better ease-of-access. This investment in particular excites Mayor Laurie Boucher.

Since becoming Mayor last November, increasing accessibility within the Town of Antigonish has been a goal for Boucher. She says this is a positive investment for the town as they shine in a national spotlight:


Mayor Boucher says this is a great investment towards St.FX and to Special Olympics Nova Scotia. The money will be used to update the Oland Centre bleachers, as well as the outside stands.

Posted at 6:58 am on March 21, 2017

The province announced a one million dollar investment in order to support the 2018 Special Olympic Canada Summer games today. The contribution will be used to improve accessibility for athletes and the community as a whole at the Oland Centre.

Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey was on hand to make the announcement of funding. Delorey says having The National Summer Olympic games in Antigonish will be a major milestone; only major cities have hosted the game and no town has ever held the honour. Delorey says this investment has long term benefits for the town of Antigonish:


The Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games will start at the end of July 2018 and run for 5 days. Delorey says the games will draw athletes, coaches and fans from across the country, and will have a great economic benefit for the area.