Thanks to a concept created by Special Olympics Saskatchewan, Special Olympics Yukon has hosted Development Games every year since 2008.
The goal of these Games is to give athletes the opportunity to try new sports, revive existing sports and highlight their skills in front of a local audience. ALL Special Olympics Yukon athletes can take part in the Games. Participants enjoy the weekend’s festivities which include opening ceremonies, sport competition, closing ceremonies, awards and a dance.
Given the Special Olympics Yukon Strategic Plan we feel the Development Games is a perfect fit within our goals of increasing the number of Special Olympics Yukon athletes, increasing the number of Special Olympics coaches and non-sport volunteers along with increasing public and stakeholder awareness and understanding of Special Olympics Yukon.
2014 – December, Whitehorse
2015 – Summer, Haines Junction, Yukon
2016 – Summer, Carmacks, Yukon
2017 – Winter, Whitehorse
2018 – Winter, TBA
What would sport be without competition? All athletes registered in a Special Olympics Yukon Community Based program are eligible to try and qualify for Team Canada that participates at the Special Olympics World Games.
Got your attention? Basically there are 4 steps in getting onto Team Canada.
The information listed here is an introduction on how an athlete can advance onto Special Olympics out-of-territory competitions. If you would like more detailed information on eligibility requirements and the athlete selection process that is used for Team Yukon and for Team Canada, please contact our Program Director, Brettanie Deal-Porter at (867)668-6510 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Olympics Yukon participation at BC Provincial and National Games is quota based.
Special Olympics Canada participation at World Games is quota based.
The first step is what we call the “Training Year”. Athletes select and train in the sport they wish to advance in.
The next step is to train and compete at the designated Territorial/BC Provincial Competition for the sport the athlete is registered in. Athletes on this team are selected based on participation during the training year.
The third step is to train and compete at the Special Olympics Canada Games. Athletes on this team are selected based on participation at the previous year’s designated qualifier.
The last step is to train and compete at the Special Olympics World Games. Athletes on Team Canada are selected from ALL athletes from across Canada that participated at the previous years’ Special Olympics Canada Games
Sound like fun? It is!
If you are interested in competing at Special Olympics out-of-territory Games, please contact our Program Director, Brettanie Deal-Porter (867) 688-6510 or by email email@example.com
Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Curling (TBC) and Floor Hockey (TBC)
2013-14 Training Year
2014-15 SOBC Winter Games and Curling competition (TBC)
2015-16 SOC Winter Games
2016-17 Special Olympics World Winter Games (Curling is not offered at World Winter Games)
Athletics, Bocce, 5 Pin Bowling, Golf, Rhythmic Gymnastics, 7-a-side Soccer and Swimming
2015-16 Training Year
2016-17 SOBC Summer Games and SOY Yukon Bowling Championships
2017-18 SOC Summer Games
2018-19 Special Olympics World Summer Games (5 Pin Bowling is not offered at World Summer Games)
2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Austria
2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games, Kamloops, BC
2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, Antigonish, NS
At more than 1.4 million free health examinations in more than 120 countries, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers health services and information to athletes in dire need. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.
Officially launched in 1997, Healthy Athletes organizes its events in a welcoming, fun environment. Its screenings educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up.
Healthy Athletes currently offers health screenings in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry).
In Yukon, a Healthy Athletes initiative is held in conjunction with the Annual Development Games. SOY has provided free health screenings and products to athletes for the last 2 years through this exciting initiative.
In 2013, In association with the Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon, Ashten and Jess Staffen led Yukon athletes in the first ever Healthy athletes clinic held North of 60; Health Promotion.
In 2014, Thanks to the support provided by Special Olympics BC, SOY hosted a Special Smiles clinic that saw over 40 athletes go through a series of basic dental examinations and education sessions. Many local dental professionals contributed their time to make this clinic a rousing success.
For more information on Special Olympics Yukon’s Healthy Athlete Initiative, please contact Special Olympics Yukon at (867) 668-6511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2011, Special Olympics Yukon has provided an Athlete Ambassador’s program.
More and more chapters across Canada have developed a program to assist athletes become better public speakers. Athletes selected to this program also gain skills related to public and media relations (including social media) as well as governance. Members of the Special Olympics Yukon Athlete Ambassador Program are asked to speak at various events, join committees and essentially act as an ambassador for Special Olympics Yukon. This program enables SOY to use athletes for new athlete and volunteer recruitment initiatives, awareness and public relations-type initiatives as well as fundraising events.
Each athlete is paired with a “speech buddy”; someone who assists the athlete in preparing for an Athlete Ambassador opportunity (speeches, presentations, meetings, etc…). The Speech Buddies are also asked to assist the athlete during their training session as well.
3 training sessions are offered to Special Olympics Yukon’s Athlete Ambassadors:
Speaker Training – This session teaches each athlete the skills required to become public speakers. Athletes are given the opportunity to prepare speeches for a variety of scenarios and are asked to present them in front of their peers.
Governance – Train athletes to participate in leadership roles such as athlete representation on the board and athlete congress. Athlete congress is a committee of athletes that meets to discuss program related issues 1-2 times per year.
Media/Social Media training – enhancing athlete skill and preparation in dealing with media and learning appropriate practices when using Social Media.
For the first time in 13 years, an athlete was elected to the SOY board of directors in September 2013
Since 2011 Athlete ambassadors have spoken at more than 35 events, sponsor meetings and presentations.
All 10 Speech Buddies are committed to their athlete, and furthermore, have become loyal SOY volunteers
All athletes involved in the Athlete Ambassadors program have shown marked improvement in their public speaking abilities
In fall 2014, The Athlete Ambassadors asked Board member Chris Lee to approach the SOY Board of Directors with the request of building a new mechanism for Athletes to contribute to the movement’s governance structure. The board has accepted the request and is hoping to implement a new approach in the coming months.