Wheaton Kia Athlete Spotlight – Matthew Mackenzie
We are so thankful for our wheels that live in Regina, but get us all the way to La Ronge to present Matthew, the July Wheaton Kia athlete spotlight, with his goodies! 🚗 Special Olympics Saskatchewan- La Ronge
Wheaton Kia Athlete Spotlight – William Walker
William is a powerlifting athlete out of Saskatoon! In his 6 years with Special Olympics William has participated in basketball and bowling. William stands out to his coaches for his hard work, positive attitude, and helpfulness! These traits don’t just shine at Special Olympics! He has been working at SaskAbilities for 2.5 years. He has been recognized for his good work on two occasions, and his supervisors have said that he is one of the most reliable and helpful employees in his department. William is also a dedicated uncle to his nephews. He is always willing to play and help care for them. William always has enthusiasm when he participates in Special O, and he gets along well with athletes and coaches.
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Special Olympics Athletes Celebrate Accomplishments as Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games Come to a Close
August 5, 2018 (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) – The Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games officially wrapped up last night after a week-long competition in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Athletes from across Canada competed in nine sports (athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming) across 4 days of competition. Over 1,000 athletes and 300 coaches and mission staff were in Nova Scotia competing at these Games.
“What an amazing week! As the Games come to a close, I am filled with a sense of awe,” said Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada. “Witnessing our athletes from across the country pour their heart and soul into not just their competitions, but every aspect of their Games experience, was truly an incredible sight to see. It was a week filled with sportsmanship, athleticism, comradery and joy and I am honoured to have been able to experience it. Thank you to the Games Organizing Committee, sponsors, volunteers, friends, family and of course, the athletes, for an amazing week!”
The Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games were a qualifying event for Team Canada selection going to the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE in March. Athletes from these Games as well as the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Bowling Championships which happened in May in PEI will be selected for Team Canada in the coming weeks.
These Games marked the first event in the global calendar for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.
Best-Ever July Sales Helps Kia Canada Inc. Raise $165,820 for Special Olympics Canada
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Aug. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kia Canada Inc. reported today 8,101 total vehicles sold for the month of July, an eight per cent increase versus the same time period in 2017 and the best July ever for the brand. July’s results were led by Sorento (1,524), Soul (1,522) and Sportage (1,456 units).
July was also the first month of Kia’s Special Summer Celebration, a campaign to raise awareness and funds for its partner, Special Olympics Canada. As part of this campaign and, in addition to other fundraising efforts, Kia Canada and its dealers across the country each donated $10 for every car sold in the month of July, raising a total of $165,820 in support of Special Olympics Canada programs and athletes.
“Having our best-ever July couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Ted Lancaster, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kia Canada Inc. “As a proud partner of Special Olympics Canada, everyone at Kia Canada and our dealers across the country are extremely proud of these additional funds we have raised through the sales of our award-winning vehicles.”
“Thank you to Kia Canada and all of your dealers across Canada for your outstanding commitment to Special Olympics Canada,” said Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada. “Kia Canada has gone above and beyond to show its commitment to Special Olympics as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. We are thrilled with this additional $165,820 in funding which will go to support over 45,000 athletes from coast to coast to coast continue to challenge their limits and reach their full potential.”
2018 Games Upcoming Events August 3 & Highlights from August 2, 2018
Upcoming Events for August 3, 2018
• Third day of competition for all sports with the exception of powerlifting, which wrapped up with medal presentations yesterday
• First day of competition for rhythmic gymnastic athletes
• Final day for Healthy Athletes screenings from 9am to 5pm at the Schwartz School of Business
• Medal presentations continue for athletics, and swimming
• Medal presentations for golf will take place
• The featured evening activity is at the track, with the 100m races
• PLEASE BE ADVISED – There will be a scheduled break during afternoon competition between 1-4 pm for outside sports due to the heat
Highlights from August 2, 2018
• Medals for powerlifting were handed out, as well as some athletics and swimming
• Athletes with competition outdoors were given respite from the heat in the afternoon while competition was suspended due to the ongoing heat advisory
• Friends and family were treated to a BBQ and some evening entertainment at a local school
• All powerlifting athletes from Alberta received medals in all of their events, including Scott Pagenkopf who is attending his first National Games. Scott squatted a personal best of 185kg and won a gold medal (he can also deadlift an astounding 500lbs!). Alberta Athlete Christine Sullivan swept her division and won gold in all of her events
• Team Newfoundland and Labrador soccer athlete Shaughn Connors has lost 50.5 pounds training in the lead up to these Games. He says it makes him feel “amazing!”
• Team PEI softball athletes have two members of the team who attended the first National Summer Games that Nova Scotia hosted in 1994! These Games will be one of those athletes, Tommy McGuigan’s, 17th National Games!
• Healthy Athletes has screened over 600 athletes at the Games over it’s first two days of screenings
• Team Halifax and Team Ontario went into double overtime during their basketball game. Ontario came out on top, winning 27-24.
2018 Games Upcoming Events August 2 & Highlights from August 1, 2018
Upcoming Events for August 2, 2018
• Second day of competition takes place for all sports with the exception of rhythmic gymnastics and powerlifting, which concluded last night
• Powerlifting medals will be handed out from 10-11:30am at 50th square
• Day 2 of Healthy Athlete’s at the Schwartz Building is happening from 9am to 5pm
• Medals for athletics and swimming will continue in 50th square
• The friends and family event will take place at St. Andrews High School from 6-9pm
• PLEASE BE ADVISED – There will be a scheduled break during afternoon competition between 1-4 pm for outside sports due to the heatHighlights from August 1, 2018
• Divisioning for all sports concluded and competition schedules were set for the remainder of the week
• Powerlifting was a featured event of the evening, with competition going until 10pm at the Keating Centre. This is always a popular event and drew a boisterous crowd throughout the evening!Interesting Facts
• Alex, swimmer with Special Olympics Nova Scotia was on hand to assist in handing out the first medals of the Games alongside his fellow members of the Knights of Columbus. Alex is a member of the Knights of Columbus 0798, council 1105.
• Kieran Corrigan from Special Olympics Team Alberta got a PB (personal best) in the 1,500 meter and won gold
• Special Olympics New Brunswick athlete Gloria Leblanc (who is 69 years young!) was losing her bocce round 9-0 and came back to win it 10-9. She is now a local celebrity.
• Special Olympics Team Manitoba has a winning basketball team. They won their first 3 divisioning Games in yesterday’s competition and are proudly mentored by a trio of sporty women. The team itself primarily consists of men (lone female Sarah is a force) yet the team’s coaches are proving Games newcomers can battle with the best of them. Head coach Breanne Breiton (coaching for 3 years) and assistant coaches Rowan Pandher (coaching for 2 years) and Katie Taber (coaching for 10 years) are all attending their first National Games together.
2018 Special Olympics
Games Upcoming Events & Highlights from July 31
Upcoming Events for August 1, 2018
• First day for competition of the Games! All sports except Rhythmic Gymnastics will start competition today
• Day 1 of Healthy Athlete’s at the Schwartz Building is happening from 9am to 5pm
• There will be a press conference from The Honourable Minister Kirsty Duncan at 10:50 in 50th square to celebrate the Government of Canada’s funding of Special Olympics across Canada
• The first medals of Games will be handed out in athletics and swimming in 50th square
• Powerlifting will be a featured sport, with competition taking place in the Keating Centre as evening entertainment
Highlights from July 31, 2018
• It was practice day for most teams, as they get a feel for their competition venues
• Athletes had a chance to visit Crystal Cliffs, a local beach, for an athlete experience. Co-presenting sponsor Sobeys supplied teams with local Nova Scotia mussels
• The Opening Ceremony officially marked the beginning of Games. With incredible performances and live music, it was an eventful evening for athletes and spectators alike
• New Brunswick athlete Veronique LeBlanc has lost 50 pounds in the last year training for these Games
• Evan Sharpe, local Special Olympics Nova Scotia athlete has 4 siblings, all of whom are volunteering (along with his parents!) at these Games. Older brother Ryan is a Sobeys employee
• Yesterday’s heat proved to be a battle, but Team Newfoundland and Labrador have a FANtastic group of coaches who, in under 2 hours, assembled 40 fans to help their athletes stay cool!
• Special Olympics Ontario father-son duo Paul and Andrew McTaggart play both basketball and floor hockey together. The family that plays together, stays together.