Even after a week or so, it is still hard to put into words the effects of Special Olympics Canada
The Cairn of the Special Olympics National Summer Games
National Summer games had on the community and vice versa.
Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said she heard phrases like fantastic, awesome and welcoming bandied about. Boucher said the volunteers who went out of their way to make the event happen are the ones who really helped make the event as special as it was.
The mayor said she heard from media who covered the games for decades say they never saw a community offer such great access to the facilities and the athletes.
The Co-Chairs of the Special Olympics National Summer Games Marc Champoux and Carl
Elizabeth Abler of Antigonish celebrates her gold medal in the 50 metre Freestyle in Swimming. Abler won three gold medals at the games.
Chisholm say it was everything they had hoped for. The games wrapped up on Saturday night with a Closing Ceremonies and an Athletes Dance after competitions were completed earlier in the day. At the closing ceremonies several teams wore t-shirts thanking Antigonish for their hospitality for the games.
Chisholm says so many contributed to the success of these games.
Champoux says it was mission accomplished. He says they knew the community would respond, the university would be a great venue, and the athletes would love the games here. A number of families and coaches who travelled to the games have indicated they want to return for a visit, while others have said they want to move to the area or have their children go to school here.
It’s another sign that the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games are just
Special Olympics Athlete R. J. Pitts and a member of the law enforcement Torch Run carry the flame to the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics Provincial Games in Antigonish
around the corner. This morning, the torch for the games will begin its province-wide run across the province, beginning at Grand Parade in Halifax.
Called the Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Torch Run, the torch will be carried by police, corrections and fisheries officers, sheriffs and Special Olympics athletes from across Canada
One of those who will carry the flame is a veteran of the torch run, RCMP auxiliary constable John Pellerin, who says being involved is such a thrill.
Once the torch leaves Halifax, it will head west, through the Annapolis Valley and South Shore, then to Truro and on to Cape Breton, and finally on the 31st in Pictou County to the Opening Ceremonies in Antigonish.
The countdown is on for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games. The event begins next Tuesday with the Opening Ceremonies; competitions begin on Wednesday, August First. More than 1,400 athletes, officials and mission staff will be attending the games.
Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron says preparing for these games has been a great partnership between the Town, County and St. FX University. McCarron says it sets the stage for hosting future events.
McCarron says there is anticipation and excitement in the community as the games draw near. Athletes begin arriving on Sunday. The games wrap up on August 4th.
The 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games in Antigonish is getting support
Local Special Olympics Athlete Alex Dearden
from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. ACOA has announced it will contribute $100,000 to the games.
The 2018 games opens July 31st, and will host more than 1,400 athletes, coaches and mission staff in 9 sports. Athletes will begin to arrive on Sunday.
Hosting the games comes with a fund-raising target of $2.2 million. Other major contributors to the games include the provincial and federal governments, the Town and County of Antigonish, Michelin, Sobeys, Micco Companies and Clearwater.
Antigonish native Ryan Kearney will be Nova Scotia’s Flag Bearer at the opening ceremony of
the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Games. The Opening Ceremonies will be on July 31st. The Games continue until August 4th. Kearney won gold in Golf for Nova Scotia in the Special Olympics Games in Vancouver four years ago. Kearney says winning gold was a big thrill.
Kearney says he’s excited with the honour of carrying the flag for his province and to compete in Nationals at home.
A Halifax-based artist has created a painting that celebrates the 2018 Special Olympics Canada
Hal Jones’ painting in honour of the Special Olympics National Summer Games.
National Summer Games. The acrylic artwork, from Hal Jones, includes athletes from all nine sports, flags from the participating provinces and territories, the games logo and a historic building from the St. FX University campus.
Jones says he was inspired to compose the painting after a conversation with his cousin, St. FX Facilities Management Director Leon MacLellan.
The painting is on display at the Peoples’ Place Library in Antigonish. Posters of the artwork are being sold at the games office with all proceeds to Special Olympics. Jones says he will be available to autograph the posters during the games.
With the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games less than two weeks away, Antigonish
Local Special Olympics Athlete Alex Dearden
County Warden Owen McCarron called the event a huge opportunity for the area. He said an area of this size being able to host an event of this magnitude is a great story.
He said the area far exceeded the request for volunteers, noting it gives hope to other similar sized communities looking to host these kinds of events. McCarron said he feels the people who come to Antigonish will enjoy their time here with plenty of hometown hospitality.
With the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games just around the corner, Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said there isn’t a day that goes by with someone approaching her with questions regarding the games.
The games will run from July 31 to August 4. The sports involved include athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball and swimming.
It is expected that over 3,000 spectators will be on site to experience the Games, in addition to more than 1,000 athletes, 290 coaches, officials and mission staff, and over 1,000 volunteers.
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.