December 10, 2013
2013 SPECIAL OLYMPICS YUKON DEVELOPMENT GAMES PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTEL
Come and cheer on Yukon's athletes with an intellectual disability!
Over 40 athletes will be participating in Curling (floor), Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming and Athletics (Track & Field
Schedule of events:
Friday, December 13, 7pm, Fireside Room of the Yukon Inn
Saturday, December 14, Canada Games Centre
10:15-11:30am, Flexihall Curling and Rhythimic Gymnastics
1-2pm, Lions Pool Swimming
2:30-3:30pm, Flexihall Athletics
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS!
For more information, please contact 668-6511
Supported in part by the Yukon government's Sport and Recreation branch of the department of Community Services.
October 4, 2013
For reasons beyond our control, Special Olympics Yukon has postponed the Northwestel Senator's Ball to the fall of 2014.
Check out the calendar section of our website for information on other upcoming events.
September 24, 2013
It's that time of year, folks...the annual Tim Horton's Smile cookie campaign is back! From September 23-29 all proceeds from the sale of delicious "smile" cookies in Whitehorse goes to support Special Olympics Yukon athletes train and compete in the sports they love!
For more information on the Cookie Campaign, please click here.
Last year, the campaign raised just over $6100 for Special Olympics Yukon. This year's goal is $6500. Help Whitehorse's Tim Horton's reach their goal in supporting over 95 Yukon athletes with an intellectual disability.
For daily updates and pictures, check out "Special Olympics Yukon" on Facebook.
September 23, 2013
The Special Olympics Yukon Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday, September 21 and the following people were elected to the SOY Board of Directors for 2013-14:
President: Tom Gibbs
Past President: Jim Tucker
Treasurer: Mike Thorpe
Secretary: Lee Pigage
Athlete Representative: Chris Lee
Director: Amica Sturdy
Director: Trevor Twardochleb
2 Things to note:
- Jim Tucker stepped down from being president as he served in this position from 2001-2005 and again from 2008-2013. Mr. Tucker was presented a plaque from Special Olympics Yukon athlete Mallory Pigage to commemorate his years of leadership for SOY. It was presented to him at the Opening dinner for the Orientation Weekend/AGM.
-For the first time in over 10 years, Special Olympics Yukon welcomes an athlete to the Board of Directors. Chris Lee is excited to take on this role and will be supported by Nona Whitehouse. Nona's role is to provide Chris with any help he may need in fulfilling his role on the board.
July 16, 2013
Team Yukon 2013 has impressive showing at BC Summer Games
Special Olympics Yukon has just returned from a spectacular display of athleticism in the township of Langley, BC this past weekend while competing in the 2013 SOBC Summer Games. All of our athletes excelled in their respective sports:
- Darby McIntyre won gold medals in the 5000m and the Standing Long Jump, a silver in Shotput and a bronze in the 1500m
- Jessica Pruden won gold in the Shotput and silver medals in the Standing Long Jump and the 100m race
- Owen Munroe earned gold medals in the Standing Long Jump and in the 1500m run
- Mallory Pigage won a Gold Medal in the 100m
- Ernest Chua won gold in the 100m and 200m freestyle races as well as the 100m backstroke
- Kevin Spofford won silver medals in the 25m freestyle, the 25m
backstroke, the 50m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke
- Stefan Oettli won a silver in the 50m freestyle
- Bronze medal for the Bocce team (Aimee Lien, Taylor Amundson, Trevor Beemish and Teresa Roberts) in C division
- Silver medal for the Soccer team (Kenny Atlin, Rachel Dawson, William Everett, Teddy Jackson, Christopher Lee, Marvin Hall, Gaetan Michaud, Stephen Magundy, Mike Sumner and Duncan Gibb) in C division
Other highlights of these games included:
- The soccer team renewed its fun rivalry with the soccer team hailing from Prince George; Yukon won the game 3-1 to advance to the gold medal game.
- Team Yukon golfer JS Gallant had a goal to break 60 on both of his 9 hole rounds. He accomplished that with a 54 and a 59.
- Swimmer Ernest Chua started swimming while living in BC. A few years ago, Ernest and his family moved to Whitehorse where he continues to swim. His former coach spoke to our Yukon coaches to let them know how amazed he was with Ernest’s progress and that he has become a terrific swimmer.
- Both Team Yukon golfers, JS Gallant and Tijana McCarthy recorded personal best 9 hole rounds (JS 54, Tijana 72) during the first day of competition
- Each athletics and swimming athlete posted various personal best performances all weekend long
- The Bocce team had a rather large cheering section; this absolutely carried them to their bronze medal finish
- Darby McIntyre won the 5000m in grand fashion, finishing the race just under the 20 minute mark (19:52). Not bad for a 13 year old at his first ever provincial games!
This event is the qualifier for next year’s Special Olympics Canada Summer Games that takes place from July 7-14th, 2014 in Vancouver, BC.
Special thanks to the coaches and mission staff for their dedicated coaching and support.
June 5, 2013
Our New Program Director is...Janine Peters!
It's with great pleasure that we welcome long time SOY volunteer Janine Peters to our office staff.
Her passion for sport for yukoners with an intellectual disability is seen through her 12 years as a sport volunteer for our 5 pin bowling program and curling program. She has also been a member of Team Yukon; twice as coach and twice as mission staff.
Please join us in Welcoming her to our team!
A little bit about us...
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics has grown to include nearly 3.7 million athletes in 229 accredited programs in 170 countries, including Canada.
On June 9, 1969, in Toronto, Ontario, the very first Special Olympics Canada national competition was held, less than one year after the sport movement was born on Chicago’s Soldier Field. It attracted 1,400 individuals with an intellectual disability from towns and cities across our country. In 1981 the Special Olympics movement welcomed Yukon as the first Accredited Special Olympics Canada chapter "north of 60"(Quebec was accredited at the same time).
Since our humbling initiation as a registered charitable non-profit organization Special Olympics Yukon has grown to offer sport opportunities to more than 90 yukoners with an intellectual disability. We are also supported by nearly 90 dedicated volunteers; some of which have been involved for over 15 years!
At Special Olympics Yukon it is our mission to enrich the lives of yukoners with an intellectual disability through sport. It is our goal to grow our organization and continually increase the number of athletes and volunteers. If you or anyone you know would like to know more about becoming involved please see the "Be Involved" tab at the top of the screen!