Welcome back to our athletes and coaches! All sports are underway except figure skating. There is always room for more athletes and volunteers. If you missed the initial registration, you can contact us at email@example.com. Athletes are reminded to make sure they contact their coach or Cappy, the sport program coordinator, if they have to miss.
Our Special Olympics NWT Annual General Meeting will take place Monday, October 19 at 5:15 pm in our office in the Nunasi building.
For many years, First Air has graciously allowed the Law Enforcement Torch Run to use one of its planes for a plane pull. With no Hercules aircraft based in Yellowknife, the company has offered a 737 for this year’s pull. It is a friendly competition between teams of 12 individuals (men, women or mixed (min of 5 women)) who must pull together in the ultimate challenge of pulling a plane, that weighs over 65,000 lbs, a distance of 20 feet in the fastest time possible. All members of participating teams will be entered into draws for a variety of prizes including a grand prize Trip for Two to Edmonton, courtesy of First Air.
There is still time to get your team together for the pull. For information or to reserve your team spot, simply contact LETR-NT@hotmail.com, Each team must raise a minimum of $360.00 per team or $30 per participant.
The majority of the proceeds got to Special Olympics NWT for athlete programs. To donate to a team or individual, https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=182638
It is almost September and we are getting ready for another great year of sport and fitness here at Special Olympics NWT. Returning athletes and volunteers will be seeing an email shortly about the process for signing for this year. If you are new to Special Olympics NWT or coming back after an absence, please join us at our registration Thursday, September 17 between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at our office in the Nunasi Building (across from Boston Pizza).
This year, our regular programs will include bowling, speed skating, figure skating, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics. We hope to offer additional programs for snowshoeing, track and field and golf and a fitness program.
For those ages 3 – 11, we offer Active Start and FUNdamentals, great child and parent programs that help develop the all important basic sport skills through fun Saturday morning sessions.
We’re having fun at the Yellowknife Golf Club with the club’s head pro, Matt. Even though it was raining today, Matt turned the clubhouse into a putting green and then a mini-putt course for great practice and lots of fun! Thanks to McDonalds as well who sponsors the Monday golf sessions with the Yellowknife Golf Club.
Congratulations to our Head Coaches for receiving the NWT Disabilities Council Award at today’s Disability Awareness Week Award event.
Ten Special Olympics athletes took to the field today to compete in the city-wide track and field meet today. They competed in the long jump (some running and some standing) and then hit the track in the 100 and 200 metre races. Everyone did well and gave each event their best effort. The team was cheered on by the other racers as well as friends and family who came out to watch.
A great time was had by all at our year-end celebrations this week. We enjoyed a great meal (thanks to Luke with Thorntons!), celebrated the year with certificates and awards, and closed out the evening by dancing up a storm with music from our DJ, Jay Bear (with equipment from PIDO).
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards that acknowledged the commitment of athletes, volunteers and coaches to the spirit of Special Olympics. The nominations were full of examples of each winner’s dedication to SONWT and its values. This year’s award winners were:
Volunteer of the Year – Paige Elkin
Coach of the Year – shared between Tanis Hunter and Ben Elkin
Richard Woodham Award (swimmer who best exemplifies SO spirit) – Sydney Peer
Clinton Talbot Award – shared between Loic Burns and Clara Tutcho
Despite temperatures just above freezing, thirty folks braved the chilly waters of Long Lake this weekend to raise funds at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. Some of the adult and youth adults were on hand to support those taking the plunge. A significant portion of profits are donated to Special Olympics NWT. A big thank you to those who plunged and the LETR organizers.
Special Olympics NWT also held a BBQ in conjunction with the event and would like to thank our sponsors: Yellowknife Beverages, Northern Fancy Meats, Yellowknife Co-op and Superior Propane.
Winners at the event included
It’s time to once again celebrate another great year of Special Olympics NWT sport. Athletes, coaches and volunteers – mark your calendar for Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 in Northern United Place. Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org.