News & Events

Summer Registration 2018

posted 20 Mar 2018, 09:17 by Webmaster Ottawa   [ updated 20 Mar 2018, 09:18 ]

The summer registration will take place on April 7th, 2018 from 11:00am till 1:00pm 
Location: RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, Ontario

We look forward to seeing you there

Annual Members Meeting

posted 5 Mar 2018, 18:59 by Admin Chair   [ updated 5 Mar 2018, 19:02 ]

We are inviting all volunteers, athletes, community members to join the Special Olympics Ontario - Greater Ottawa's Council for our Annual Member's Meeting. The event will be hosted at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre on March 14, 2018 at 6:30p.m.

We will be providing a general overview of SOO Greater Ottawa's strategic and financial position, along with a question and answer period with our council representatives.

We currently have five positions that are up for election on our council team. If you believe you have the skills and the interest to run for these positions, please send an e-mail to Kyle Dowd before March 14, 2018 (see contact information below).

Positions up for election this year are as follows:

1. Admin Chair/Community Coordinator - Currently Running Kyle Dowd

2. Fundraising Coordinator - Currently Running Caroline Butler Davies

3. Public Relations Coordinator - Currently Running Naomi Haile

4. Athlete Registrar - Currently Running Lise Lebeau

5. Secretary - Currently Running Lisa Hibbeln

Nominations can be made any time up to and including on the floor at the Annual Member's Meeting (AMM) on March 14th, 2018 by submitting them to Kyle Dowd (

Friends and family are welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!

The Innovapost Greater Ottawa Invitational Swim Meet

posted 29 Jan 2018, 10:35 by Webmaster Ottawa

Location: Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time: 9 am (Warm up at 8:10 am)

34 events are offered ranging from 25 M swims to 200 M swims

Registration: $20.00 per athlete, includes lunch
Deadline: February 13, 2018
For registration information contact

Hosted by: Barrhaven Seawolves, Ottawa Otters, Orleans Riptides and Ottawa Kingfish
Sponsored by: We would like to thank our sponsor Innovapost for their generous support that has enabled this swim meet to take place.

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.

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