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SOO-Aurora Polar Plunge ChallengeDunks versus Ducks Plungers
Braving the icy waters of the Polar Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics
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It’s time again for the annual Polar Plunge Fundraiser. This event sees plungers dippy into the icy mid winter waters in an effort to raise funds for Special Olympics. Please consider sponsoring one of SOO-Aurora’s participants, as a percentage of funds pledged for these individuals comes back to our local community.
To up the fun, we have a friendly rivalry of Dunks vs Ducks plungers
To see which team can raise the most funds. Dunks are plunging in Georgina on Feb 6th. Ducks are plunging in Mississauga on Feb 27th. (The PRP Association- 10675 Mississauga Road, Brampton) ALL are welcome to come out and cheer the plungers on.
For this challenge:
Basketball, Softball, and Bocce Teams are encouraged to support Karen and Dan (plunging Feb 6th in Georgina)
Gymnastics/Martial Gym, and Golf Teams are encouraged to support Sue and Nancy
(plunging Feb 27th in Mississauga)
Which team can raise the most funds for SOO?
A portion of funds raised comes back to SOO-Aurora so please help promote and support this event.
Nelson Mandela once said ““Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire” Here is proof Matthew Williams an individual with intellectual disabilities because of Special Olympics and sports has changed his life. Take 15 minutes of your time and listen to this powerful “TED talks”
Nicola was selected as a recipient of a 2015 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award by the Coach Association of Canada for her contributions which led to Special Olympic Canada’s golf team’s multiple medal-winning performances at Worlds in California this summer.
The photos show Nicola with her award at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards gala in Winnipeg where she was invited to attend the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference.
On behalf of SOO-Aurora, congratulations Nicola!!
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Good Luck to Team Canada at the Special Olympics!
Team Canada will represent our country with pride at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games taking place from July 25-Aug 2 in Los Angeles
Athletes and Team Coaches representing Team Canada have been training hard and are now ready and on their way to the Games. Our own Nicola McGovern is Head Coach for Golf on Team Canada. On behalf of all Aurora Special Olympics Teams, Coaches and Volunteers we wish Nicola the very best and success at the Games.
Information from Team Canada web site to help you follow the Games and to cheer on Team Canada (note, all times listed are EST – TV schedules are subject to change, so please check your local listings).
Preview Show and Opening Ceremony
“Countdown to the Special Olympics World Games with Robin Roberts”, a preview of the Games, will air on TSN3, 4 and 5 July 23 at 9:00 p.m. and the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live on TSN2 and RDS July 25th at 9:00 p.m. Please tune in as this will be a spectacular event with an estimated 80,000 spectators gathered together at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, will be in attendance with headlining talent Stevie Wonder and Avril Lavigne and appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis, Stephanie McMahon and many more.
Nicola McGovern and Lloyd Brown, our SOO Aurora Coaches, being presented with 5 year Volunteer Award plaques at the recent Town of Aurora Community Recognition Awards ceremony. Their continued support is much appreciated by Aurora Special Olympics and their recognition is well deserved. Presenting the plaques Councillors Paul Pirri and Jeff Thom.
Steven is one of our Dunks players makes National TV News
Westview Golf Club again this year hosted SOO Aurora Golf Fundraiser (June 10th). There were a number of Volunteers helping the day run smoothly. This year also had participants from BMO as part of their volunteer program. We greatly thanks all that participated, both golfers and volunteers, and especially Westview Golf Club.