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