Annual Walk-A-Thon at BMO Centre

On Sunday, February 11th, at 10:00 a.m., we are calling on Special Olympics athletes, friends and family to hit the track with their walking shoes on to raise money for our sports programs! Get your walking shoes ready – pledge forms will be available soon!

Team Canada at the House of Commons

The Government of Canada will be honouring Special Olympics Team Canada in parliament!  On November 29th, 2017, Special Olympics Team Canada will travel to Ottawa and will meet with Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.

Rock-N-Roll Charity Bowl

Rock-n-Roll Charity Bowl in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is happening Wed, Oct 25 at 6pm at Palasad South!

To enter a team of 4, please send an email to It’s $150 per lane (team of four, can be raised through pledges) and there’ll be pizza, nachos, door prizes and a costume contest!



Provincial Award Winners

Special Olympics Ontario has just announced their 2017 Provincial Award winners and we are pleased to congratulate 2 of our own here in London. Congratulations to Valerie Nyhout, named Provincial Female Athlete of the Year and to Taylor Ablitt, named Provincial Male Coach of the Year. We are very proud!. Well done Val and Taylor! Congratulations to all of the award recipients.


It’s that time of year again. Time to sign up for all sports for the 2017-2018 season. This will be all fall/winter sports and spring/summer sports for next year.

Registration will take place over two days: Sunday June 25th from 1-4 p.m. and Monday June 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Cherryhill Village Mall in front of the library (Shoppers Drug Mart end of the mall). The registration form, athlete profile and athlete code of conduct can be found here

2017 Athletes Awards Banquet

Murray Faulkner, right, presents the Murray Faulkner Sportsperson of the Year award to Kristov Loebus.

On Friday May 12th, London athletes and their families, along with many of  London’s volunteers, attended the annual Athlete Awards night. A big thank you to The Optimist Club of Byron for their generous donation supporting the evening’s celebrations.  Over 400 people joined in the fun at the London Convention Centre as each athlete was presented with a medal and each sport presented their Athlete of the Year. The Badge of Courage award was presented to Ryan McGrath and new awards, Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year were presented to the four World Games athletes, Sara Albers, Chris Innes, Val Nyhout and James Walker. The Murray Faulkner Sportsperson of the Year Award was presented by Murray Faulkner, following the surprise arrival of a few of London’s finest in miniature cars. This year, the award was presented to Kristov Loebus. Kristov is a multi-sport athlete, known for his quiet enthusiasm, his willingness to volunteer to help with Special Olympics events and his appreciation of his coaches.

Congratulations to each of the evening’s award recipients!

Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Jill Francis on being named Volunteer of the Year for Special Olympics Ontario/London. Jill joined Special Olympics London in 2002, and since then has coached in the 5 pin youth bowling program and the track & field program. In 2016, Jill was part of the medical staff at the National Winter Games in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. Jill is truly an extraordinary volunteer. Congratulations Jill!

Jill Francis, left, accepts the Volunteer of the Year award from last year’s Volunteer of the Year, Suzanne Walker. Photo by Bill Mills.

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