Recent News

Special Olympics Registration

Posted: August 27th, 2015

It is almost September and we are getting ready for another great year of sport and fitness here at Special Olympics NWT.  Returning athletes and volunteers will be seeing an email shortly about the process for signing for this year.  If you are new to Special Olympics NWT or coming back after an absence, please join us at our registration Thursday, September 17 between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at our office in the Nunasi Building (across from Boston Pizza).

This year, our regular programs will include bowling, speed skating, figure skating, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.  We hope to offer additional programs for snowshoeing, track and field and golf and a fitness program.

For those ages 3 – 11, we offer Active Start and FUNdamentals, great child and parent programs that help develop the all important basic sport skills through fun Saturday morning sessions.

Golf Summer 2015

Posted: July 13th, 2015

We’re having fun at the Yellowknife Golf Club with the club’s head pro, Matt. Even though it was raining today, Matt turned the clubhouse into a putting green and then a mini-putt course for great practice and lots of fun! Thanks to McDonalds as well who sponsors the Monday golf sessions with the Yellowknife Golf Club.

Congratulations to our Head Coaches

Posted: June 13th, 2015

Congratulations to our Head Coaches for receiving the NWT Disabilities Council Award at today’s Disability Awareness Week Award event.

Vince, Amanda, Brenda and Kelly were able to attend the event.  Unfortunately  three of the other Head Coaches – Tanis, Amanda J-D and Mahasi, were out of town .
We are so very appreciative of all the Headcoaches do  to keep the programs running so successfully .  Their dedication is much appreciated.  Well  done!!!!!!

Yellowknife Track Meet

Posted: May 30th, 2015

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.

Year-End Celebration

Posted: May 18th, 2015

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

LETR Polar Plunge a chilly success

Posted: May 18th, 2015

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

Top Individual Fundraiser: Lee-Anne Tompkins
Top Team Fundraiser: Crazy Clown
Best Costume: WEC Plungers
Best Team Spirit: Executive Class/Chris Barrett

LETR Polar Plunge

Posted: April 28th, 2015

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  Proceeds go to Special Olympics NWT as well as LETR activities.

To donate online for the Plunge, go to

Annual General Meeting

Posted: September 20th, 2014

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

NWT Swimmer to join 2015 Worlds Team

Posted: September 18th, 2014

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.

First Air – LETR Herc Pull

Posted: September 1st, 2014

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