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All noteworthy announcements will posted here at the top of the page.  Announcements will be archived into one of the four following news sections (below): Sport and Competition, District, Community and Provincial.

Bravo, Northern Ontario at Provincial Winter Games!

posted Mar 27, 2019, 7:48 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

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What an amazing 2019 Provincial Winter Games it was in Sault Ste Marie... Six sports, dozens of Northern Ontario athletes and coaches, and medals galore. Congratulations on all successes! 

Celebrating our Volunteers

posted Jan 27, 2019, 6:50 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on title to see full post with photo) October 18th saw a celebration of the Special Olympics movement in Ontario with the SOO Annual General Meeting. Along with Provincial Awards presentations, Years of Service recipients were honoured for their commitment to the organization. Pictured are Gilbert and Georgette from Kapuskasing with their 30-year awards. Congratulations, and THANK YOU!

Almaguin Proud

posted Oct 19, 2018, 7:41 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

The Almaguin softball team is all smiles, returning home from the 2018 National Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia with a silver medal earned in the top division. Assistant coach Cheryl A. says "the years of hard work, dedication, effort, positive attitudes and patience really paid off; this was a true team effort with tremendous support across all the communities we serve and beyond." Congratulations Team Ontario Almaguin!

THREE Provincial competitions, THREE lists!

posted Aug 8, 2018, 8:30 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Mar 9, 2019, 1:23 PM ]

(click on post to open page with attachments) Here is the updated March 8th announcement of District Team lists for athletes heading to Provincials in 2019! "Stars Meet" in Sault Ste Marie from January 31st to February 3rd for the Provincial Winter Games; visit the Games website here: Also below are the lists for the Provincial Floor Hockey Championships in May and the Provincial 5-pin Bowling Championships in June. Congratulations to all athletes! Please direct any questions to District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg:

Click here for Friends & Family info for Nationals!

posted Feb 27, 2018, 1:10 PM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

For those folks who are looking forward to cheering on their athletes at the National Bowling Championships in PEI in May, or at National Summer Games in Nova Scotia starting July 31st, check out the information pages, below. For additional questions about Friends and Family at Nationals, please contact Team Ontario General Mission Staff Sheryl Huestis:

The Fall PNU is here!

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:40 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on the link to be taken to the post with the document) Welcome to fall! Special Olympics Ontario hopes that you enjoy flipping through this season's Provincial News Update (click on the file below), which holds all sorts of information from almost every aspect of Special Olympics: competition, coaching, finance, marketing, LETR, awards... the list goes on! As ever, please don't hesitate to reach out to District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg with any questions you have about programs in your community, what goes on at the District level, or provincial initiatives: 

The Provincial News Update is here!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 7:07 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

For your reading pleasure, click on the link below to view the Spring PNU. Get caught up on what's happening across the province in sport, marketing, and administration. Don't hesitate to follow up with District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg with any questions about what's in the PNU, or of course about anything at all relating to your sport, your community, or your District:

Congratulations, Team Canada!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 7:02 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

Team Canada had excellent representation by athletes in Northern Ontario, with snowshoeres Matthew B. and Kelsey M., both from Manitoulin, representing their country at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria this past March. Pictured are Matthew, centre, and Kelsey to the right, showing us their maple!

What a Night! 2016 Provincial Awards

posted Feb 13, 2017, 7:21 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 7:22 AM ]

(please click on post title to be taken to page with photo) Congratulations to all award recipients, honoured at the Special Olympics Ontario Annual General Meeting held November 9th in Markham. Northern Ontario was well-represented on the stage! Male Athlete of the Year is Dayne Tipper of Manitoulin Island, Team of the Year is the Manitoulin Rockin' Sweepers Curling Team, Educator of the Year is Rob Saunders of Near North, Volunteer of the Year is Denita Minoletti of Thunder Bay, and the President's Award was presented to Diane Wahlman of Timmins. Well-deserved recognition, to be sure. Also recognized were Years of Service recipients, including Reggie Lacroix of Sudbury East for 30 years of dedication to the organization. 
(pictured is Dayne Tipper on the left, standing alongside the Rockin' Sweepers)

District Team Announcement: Final List - April 7!

posted Nov 10, 2016, 9:50 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

(please click on the title to be taken to the full post with attachments) Here it is, folks: the announcement of Team North Eastern Ontario and Team North Western Ontario for the 2017 Provincial Summer Games being held in Peel Region. Congratulations to those athletes and coaches who have been selected to the Team in Training! For questions about selections, please contact District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg, North East team members should continue good communication with  their District Team Managers, Dee Mitchell of Parry Sound and Chris Rheault from North Bay, and for those in the North West, Sandra McDougall will be your lead. For more information on the Games, please visit the website at

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