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Excitement Building To Opening of 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher says there’s a sense of excitement as the Special Olympics National Summer Games draws near.  The Opening Ceremonies will be on July 31st and competition wraps up on August 4th.  Boucher says you can sense the buzz downtown as businesses get ready for the influx of visitors and the involvement of the community in the games with more than one thousand volunteers.
Boucher says she’s also pleased a community component is built into the games, where the athletes will get to experience the local area.
Boucher also has a personal interest in these games , as her daughter Emily is the coach of Prince Edward Island’s Soccer Team.  Boucher says Emily is excited to show her athletes where she grew up.
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Antigonish Town Council contributes $50,000 to 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer games are set to kick off in Antigonish on July 31

Special Olympics National Summer Games Manager Matt Quinn and Games co-chair accept $50,000 cheque from Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher

and organizers are deep into their preparations.

On Monday, Antigonish Town Council offered it’s $50,000 funding contribution to organizers. Mayor Laurie Boucher said council is very excited, noting the town will be inundated with visitors and she hopes everyone is ready. She said the work volunteers have put into the event is phenomenal.

Chisholm, a former mayor of Antigonish, thanked council for their support and said the event will be big for the town.  

 

Chisholm said they’ve been working on the event for over a year and there are less than 50 days before things kick off. He said he expects there will be a few bumps along the way and a few hoops to jump through, noting the organizers are meeting regularly.

 

Organizers received the $50,000 contribution from the Municipality of the County of Antigonish last week.

A Website for the games states they expect over 3,000 spectators will be on site to experience the Games, in addition to over 900 athletes, 290 coaches, officials and mission staff, and 600 volunteers.

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Theme Song and Video for Special Olympics National Summer Released

With 50 days to go before the opening of the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish, Games organizers have released a theme song and video. It’s called “Let me Win”,

Special Olympics athletes in studio with Charlie A’Court for recording of Special Olympics Games theme song and video. (Mirror Media Image Photo)

written and recorded by multiple East Coast Music Award winning artist Charlie A’Court and a group of Special Olympics Athletes from across the province.

“Let Me Win” is based the Special Olympics Motto by the same name. The song was recorded at Juno Award Winning Musician Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard Studio in late April.

Games Organizing Committee Co-Chair Marc Champoux, a long time friend of A’Court says the musician peformed a version of the song at a dinner a year an a half ago and it was well received.  Champoux says A’Court called him a couple of months ago with the idea of doing something more with his composition.

 

A’Court says he was inspired to write the song from encounters with athletes, volunteers and coaches at Special Olympics events.
A’Court says he’s excited about performing the song live at the Opening Ceremonies for the games on July 31st.
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Antigonish Mayor says Preparations Progressing Well for 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games

Antigonish Town Mayor Laurie Boucher said the town is well into its preparations for the upcoming Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games.

During the meeting, councillor Mary Farrell informed council of the work being done on the opening and closing ceremonies. As far as the town goes, Boucher said they will going around and making sure the town’s facilities are as accessible as possible. She also said more volunteers are needed for the games.

Boucher said she’s been involved with Special Olympics for some time and recommended it to everyone, noting her daughter is coaching the PEI soccer team. Those looking to volunteer can register at Special Olympics Canada National Games Website at www.so2018.com.

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Yukon Premier and Antigonish native Sandy Silver to attend Special Olympics National Games

Yukon’s Premier and Antigonish native Sandy Silver says he’ll be among the fans in the stands in

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver

his hometown  cheering on the athletes competing in the Special Olympics National Summer Games.  Silver, who usually makes it home for a couple of weeks in the summer, says he’s excited his trip this year coincides with the games.

Silver says he was also pleased to contribute a stone to the Cairn that is being built to hold the Special Olympics flame.  Silver says the stone he’s sent to games organizers from Yukon has an Antigonish connection.
Silver says the Cairn is a great initiative,  very powerful and meaningful.  Silver is looking forward to seeing it when he returns home.
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Sobeys to be a Co-Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics National Games

A Stellarton-based company will be a co-presenting sponsor of the Special Olympics National Games in Antigonish this summer.  The co-chair of the Games

Local Special Olympics Athletes Elizabeth Abler (left) and Jessica Gillis (right) at the 2017 Special Olympics Games in Antigonish. Both will compete for Nova Scotia at the National Games this summer. 

Marc Champoux  says Sobeys has been a strong supporter of the games annually, but to see them step up to support this event is exciting news.

Champoux says Sobeys has made a $250,000 commitment to the games.  The budget for the games is 2.2 million dollars.
Champoux says Sobeys will join the Michelin Foundation as a co-presenting sponsor of these games.  The Special Olympics National Games open on July 31st and continue until August 4th.
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A Cairn With Stones from Every Province and Territory to be Built For Special Olympics National Games In Antigonish

The Chair of the opening and closing ceremonies at the  Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish, says they want athletes to feel this is their

Special Olympics Athlete R. J. Pitts and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run carry the flame to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Special Olympics Provincial Games in Antigonish

home.  Mary Farrell says a cairn is being built for the games made from stones from each province and territory.  The stones are coming from former Antigonish residents, friends and family.  Among former residents sending a stone is Yukon Premier Sandy Silver. Farrell says the idea of a Cairn came out of discussions on lighting the flame in the cauldron for the opening ceremonies of the games.

The flame will burn at the top of the 8 to 12 foot Cairn. The Cairn is being built by Francis Arsenault Mansonry, South River Stone and Arsenault Monuments.  At the conclusion of the games, it will be moved to Cairn Park in the town as a legacy piece.
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Colours of Town of Antigonish flowers in Baskets and Planters Celebrate Special Olympics National Games This Summer

 The Town of Antigonish is linking the flower arrangements in planters and hanging baskets in the community this year with the municipal unit’s hosting of

Logo of the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish

the Special Olympics National Summer Games.  The chair of the Town’s Beautification Committee, Andrew Murray, says they have decided to use the same colours found in the logo for the national games this year.

The planters and baskets will begin appearing on town streets in early June.  Murray says it’s also encouraging gardeners to incorporate the same colours for their flowers this year for a unified look.
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Information session for Tourism Industry on Special Olympics National Games Begin Tonight

The tourism industry is getting ready for Antigonish to host the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games
The event is expected to attract more than one thousand athletes;  over 400 coaching staff, officials and mission staff; 600 volunteers and about five thousand spectators.
Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores says it’s organizing a series of information sessions over the next several months.  Diane Farrell says on tonight at the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network Office on Main Street in Antigonish, it’s combining two sessions that were postponed over the winter because of storms.
The session will be from 6 to 9 this evening. To register, call (902) 870-9705
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Antigonish Getting Ready to host the 2018 Special Olympics National Games

The 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games are quickly approaching.

Antigonish is hosting the Games, and this is only second time the province of Nova Scotia has held a National Summer Games, having last hosted the event in 1994.

Mayor Laurie Boucher said the excitement is building.

 

 

Boucher said the town is still looking for volunteers to assist with the games, adding an event of this magnitude is rare for a small town like Antigonish.

Anyone interested, please visit www.so2018.ca