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The Light Fest - Promo Code

posted 23 Aug 2017, 01:53 by Webmaster Ottawa

Join Special Olympics Ottawa on September 23, 2017 for The Lights Fest. Use promo code SPECIALOLYMPICS to get $5 off adult tickets! 

Volunteering Opportunity - The Lights Fest

posted 23 Aug 2017, 01:51 by Webmaster Ottawa   [ updated 23 Aug 2017, 01:54 ]

The Lights Fest is taking place on September 23, 2017 in Ottawa and Special Olympics Ottawa is their charity of choice! 
Are you interested in volunteering? Bring a friend with you! You will be answering questions, selling merchandise, handing out participants’ kits, and helping raise money for Special Olympics!

2017 Provincial Award Recipients

posted 17 Aug 2017, 15:50 by Webmaster Ottawa   [ updated 17 Aug 2017, 15:50 ]

Special Olympics Ontario has announced the 2017 Provincial Award Recipients. We would like to congratulate those who were nominated and those who were chosen to take home these notable awards!

Special Olympics Ottawa is proud to acknowledge two exceptional recipients of the 2017 Provincial Awards from the Ottawa region: 

Male Athlete of the Year: Jack Fan
Female Coach of the Year: Rachel Mathews

Congratulations to Jack and Rachel for your hard work this year! Keep it up!

Special Olympics Night

posted 15 Aug 2017, 10:59 by Webmaster Ottawa

Join Special Olympics Ottawa and Ottawa Champions Baseball on September 1, 2017 for a pre-game ceremony celebrating Special Olympics Athletes at the Provincial Summer Games!

Email to purchase your discounted tickets. A portion of the ticket sales will be going to SOO Greater Ottawa.

Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games

posted 13 Jul 2017, 07:13 by Webmaster Ottawa

Follow Along as Ottawa’s Special Olympians Compete at the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games

Ottawa is proud to have a large contingent competing at the 2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games being held in Peel from July 13th to 16th.  Follow along with results, and watch live streams of the opening and closing ceremonies.  

The opening ceremonies will start on July 13th at 7:30pm.  

SOO Ottawa Invitational Athletics Tournament

posted 27 Jun 2017, 18:09 by Admin Chair   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 18:21 ]

Special Olympics Ottawa

Annual Michele Chung Memorial

Invitational Athletics Tournament

Sunday July 30th, 2017

Welcome Coaches and Athletes to the Special Olympics Ottawa Invitational Athletics Tournament 2017!

Where:  Terry Fox Facility (as in past years), 2960 Riverside Drive

When:  Registration and Coaches Meeting at 0830 hrs

Start time:  0900 am

What Is Included:  lunch and water

What Coaches Need to Do:

-everyone needs to be registered (see attached chart) no later than 2017 July 20

-select 3, 4 or 5 events from the list. No one can be in both kinds of long jump. The 100 m, 200 m and 400 m runs will have a divisioning and final race so you will race them twice.  The other events will be final events and divisioned after the event.  

-bring the fee of $20 per athlete with you to registration

-if there are any dietary restrictions (lunch will likely be a sub of some kind) please bring your own food.

-we have had trouble interpreting birth dates in the past.  Please write DOB with 4 digit year, month written out and day as a number like 1982May17

What Coaches Need To Bring:

-a tent/shelter (if possible as there is little shade)

-chairs/blankets for your athletes

- a hat and bottle of water for each athlete

It would be really helpful for planning purposes if you let me know asap if you plan to attend the meet and gave me an approximate number of attendees.

My coaches and I look forward to seeing you on July 30th.

Rachel Mathews

Head Coach

Special Olympics Ottawa Athletics


A Message from Council Regarding the Athletes Banquet

posted 27 Jun 2017, 17:50 by Admin Chair

Hello Athletes, Volunteers, Parents, Guardians,


First, let me introduce myself.  For those of you that don`t know me, my name is Liana, and I am the Programs Chair for Special Olympics – Greater Ottawa area.


If you are receiving this email, it is because you purchased a ticket to our annual Banquet, that was originally scheduled for June 24, 2017.  Due to unfortunate circumstances, there was a mix-up with the date advertised, and the banquet was in fact booked for Friday June 23rd.  This is an oversight that the entire council did not catch early enough, and for that we are very sorry.


We did our best to contact all of the athletes prior to the June 23rd event and let everyone know of the wrong date.  We know that this banquet means a lot to all of our athletes and we feel horrible that some were not able to make it.  However, I must also thank and praise all of the parents, group homes, athletes, volunteers, and guardians for pulling together an incredibly amazing evening. Over 75% of ticket purchasers were in attendance – this demonstrates the resiliency, and positive attitudes of our Special Olympics community here in Ottawa.


For those of you that were not able to make it on Friday, reimbursements will be available.  Please send the following information to me (reply to this email), and a refund will be mailed to you as soon as possible (a few short weeks):

1.      The name(s) of the ticket holder

2.      Ticket number (s)

3.      Whether the ticket was for a volunteer, athlete, or guest (i.e. parent)

4.      Total amount expected to be reimbursed

5.      Mailing address to send the cheque to


With this information, I will be able to properly reimburse you.


On behalf of the entire council, thank you for your patience and apologies again.

June 25th RCMP Sunset Ceremony Musical Ride Cancelled due to weather

posted 25 Jun 2017, 13:55 by Stacey McKeown

Due to weather, we have been notified that the RCMP Musical Ride has been cancelled for June 25th.  

Registration Day for Fall/Winter 2017-2018

posted 4 Jun 2017, 18:01 by Admin Chair   [ updated 12 Jun 2017, 15:59 ]

The Date and Time for our In-Person Registration Day for Fall and Winter Programs has been announced!


Date:            June 17, 2017

Time:           11 AM TO 3 PM           

Location:      RA CENTRE

                     Courtside Room A

                     2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7X7







 Alpine Skiing

Ski Vorlage



Terry Fox Athletic Facility


Floor Hockey

Ridgemont High School


Cross Country Skiing

Terry Fox Athletic Facility



Nepean - City View Curling


Ottawa - Ottawa Curling Club


Figure Skating

West Carleton


5 Pin Bowling

Orleans OR Ottawa


10 Pin Bowling



Ottawa Youth Bowling

Ottawa (Age 8 - 18 only)


Rhythmic Gymnastics

Plant Bath Rec Centre OR Rockcliffe



Kanata OR Ottawa



Barrhaven OR Orleans OR Ottawa



Woodroffe Public School


Indoor Soccer

Kanata OR Ottawa


Active Start Youth Program

East OR West


FUNdamental Youth Program

East OR West


Registration Information

¨     First time athletes must register online at AS WELL AS at one of the registration date above.

¨     Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

¨     Mail-in registrations will be processed after June 17, 2017.  

¨     Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for processing.

¨     For more information, contact the Athlete Registrar at:

Payment must be submitted with registration form.  Please make all cheques or money orders payable to SOO - Greater Ottawa.




 2.       Athlete Registration Rules: First Come First Serve Details

Special Olympics has committed to ensuring that all athletes have a fair, and equal chance to participate in all sport programs.  The Greater Ottawa Area has managed this commitment through a First Come First Serve policy.  In an attempt to ensure all athletes, have a fair and equitable opportunity to participate in their favoured programs, we will be incorporating the following rules:

A.      Registration of Athletes: Registration can be completed by an athlete, parent, guardian, or caregiver. Athletes may also be accompanied and/or have their registration dropped off by a proxy.  Proxies are limited to one address. I.e. a Group Home representative can be the proxy for many athletes at the same address.

B.      Registration of Athletes outside of Rule A: Additional registrations brought in person (for example, a coach bringing registration forms for other athletes) will be logged and considered chronologically after the close of Registration Day.

C.      Mail-In Registration: Mailed in registrations will be considered after in-person registration is complete, and in chronological order (based on order of postage) with the drop-off registrations (Rule B). I.e. a registration mailed on June 12th will be considered prior to Rule B registrations, but after Rule A registrations.

As you can see, we the council are taking registration very seriously, and want to ensure equal and fair opportunity to all athletes.  Should you have any questions, or suggestions for improvement, please contact me directly (Liana Murray – Programs Chair,

Registration Days for 2017 Summer Programs

posted 8 Mar 2017, 11:30 by Admin Chair   [ updated 8 Mar 2017, 11:33 ]

The dates and times for the in-person registration days for our 2017 Summer Programs have been announced:

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