“It was an unforgettable experience. As a coach, I am truly humbled by the performances of our athletes, the volunteers who support the Games and the Special Olympics organization who put this amazing event together,” said Maplewood High School Coach Anne Queen.
From May 14 to 17, 10 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) schools, 124 students and 28 coaches attended the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games. The Games, which were held in Toronto, welcomed 2,500 athletes ages 13-21, with and without disabilities, from Canada and around the world.
The Games kicked off with an emotional opening ceremony where TDSB students took part in lighting the Special Olympics torch.
“The ceremony was very exciting. Two of our students participated in bringing the torch to the stage. When it was finally our turn, cheering fans were there to greet us as we lighted the cauldron,” recalled Coach Queen.
During the Games, students live at university or college residences where they get to experience “life away from home”. They also participate in seminars such as Healthy Athletes, tour the city and attend events that allow young athletes to share their experiences, make new friends and of course, have fun!
Bendale BTI (Soccer)
Central Etobicoke HS (Floor Hockey, Athletics, Girls soccer – combined with Heydon Park)
David & Mary Thomson CI (Athletics, Bocce)
Drewry SS (Basketball)
Heydon Park SS (Athletics, Girls Soccer)
Lester B Pearson CI (Athletics)
Maplewood HS (Athletics, Bocce, Soccer)
Sir Oliver Mowat CI (Bocce)
Sir William Osler HS (Athletics, Basketball)
West Humber CI (Athletics, Bocce)
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