Congratulations to our Head Coaches for receiving the NWT Disabilities Council Award at today’s Disability Awareness Week Award event.
Ten Special Olympics athletes took to the field today to compete in the city-wide track and field meet today. They competed in the long jump (some running and some standing) and then hit the track in the 100 and 200 metre races. Everyone did well and gave each event their best effort. The team was cheered on by the other racers as well as friends and family who came out to watch.
A great time was had by all at our year-end celebrations this week. We enjoyed a great meal (thanks to Luke with Thorntons!), celebrated the year with certificates and awards, and closed out the evening by dancing up a storm with music from our DJ, Jay Bear (with equipment from PIDO).
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards that acknowledged the commitment of athletes, volunteers and coaches to the spirit of Special Olympics. The nominations were full of examples of each winner’s dedication to SONWT and its values. This year’s award winners were:
Volunteer of the Year – Paige Elkin
Coach of the Year – shared between Tanis Hunter and Ben Elkin
Richard Woodham Award (swimmer who best exemplifies SO spirit) – Sydney Peer
Clinton Talbot Award – shared between Loic Burns and Clara Tutcho
Despite temperatures just above freezing, thirty folks braved the chilly waters of Long Lake this weekend to raise funds at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. Some of the adult and youth adults were on hand to support those taking the plunge. A significant portion of profits are donated to Special Olympics NWT. A big thank you to those who plunged and the LETR organizers.
Special Olympics NWT also held a BBQ in conjunction with the event and would like to thank our sponsors: Yellowknife Beverages, Northern Fancy Meats, Yellowknife Co-op and Superior Propane.
Winners at the event included
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) 7th annual Freezing for a Reason Polar Plunge takes place on May 16 at the Long Lake boat launch. You can participate along or with a team. To register, contact LETR-NT@hotmail.com. Proceeds go to Special Olympics NWT as well as LETR activities.
To donate online for the Plunge, go to https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=172945
The Annual General Meeting of Special Olympics NWT will be held Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm in the Special Olympics office in the Nunasi building. Items of business on the agenda are:
- Approval of 2013 AGM Minutes
- Presentation of Annual Reports
- Questions from Annual Reports
- Election of Directors
Following strong results at this summer’s National Games in Vancouver, Special Olympics NWT swimmer Mark Epelon has been invited to join the Canadian team at the 2015 World Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles. Mark started with Special Olympics in the FUNdamentals sports skill development program and then joined the swimming team. Mark is looking forward to the Games and will have a busy year of training to prepare.
The First Air – LETR Hercules Pull will take place Saturday, September 6 at the DND hanger. The teams start to pull at noon. For reasons beyond our control, we will not have a team of athletes pulling but athletes are welcome to come with parents or caregivers to watch the event. We will have a small concession at the event as well. To register a team, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget registration this Wednesday, September 3 form 6 – 8 pm at the Multiplex. SONWT’s new tshirts will be available for sale for $20. Also, goggles will be for sale for swimmers who do not have goggles for the upcoming season. These are also $20.
For those athletes who need greater support than the standard SONWT ratios for athletes to volunteers, please make sure you talk to the Sports Program Coordinator at registration.
Information on athlete eligibility for participation in SONWT sport programs is outlined in the attached policy.4000D Athlete Eligibility for Participation
It’s here. Please come out on Wednesday, September 3 to the Multiplex for registration during the City’s Community Showcase evening. All athletes, volunteers and coaches should register for the sports this year. Sports include swimming, speed skating, rhythmic gymnastics, skating (with an emphasis on figure skating), and bowling. Youth sport skill development programs are available to those ages 3- 6 and 7 – 11. We are also hoping to offer a general fitness program this winter. There is no cost to register. You can get your Special Olympics NWT t-shirts at registration for $20 each. We’ll see everyone there.