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Welcome to Special Olympics Ontario - Aurora’s online news and media resource section. Here, you’ll find information including our Media Releases, logo files, information on recent events and a press release archive about Special Olympics Ontario - Aurora. You can also learn how to speak about Special Olympics and how to interact with our athletes.

News Items on this page are being added as events occur, we suggest regularly re-visiting here to be informed about our Community.  Please come back SOON!

May 2018

Pictures from the Plunkett Torch Run



May 2017

Race for Plunkett 2017

The Race for Plunkett was held May 24th through the Riverwalk Commons/Tom Taylor trail, Newmarket.  Many Special Olympic Athletes and volunteers from several communities. Aurora athlete participants included: Amy, Theresa, Hannah, Samantha, Ruby, Matt, Mary, and Carter.


Click on the link below to enjoy all the 2017 photos;


Mark your calendars for next year

Race for Plunkett - May 23, 2018

October 2013

Aurora's Coach named Team Ontario Head Coach for National Golf Tournament

Round 1 - Thursday, October 3rd , 2013

Round 2 - Friday, October 4th, 2013

Round 3 (Final Round) – Saturday, October 5th, 2013

We wish all Athletes and Nicola the very best.

Special Olympics Ontario has announced the athletes and coaches that will represent Team Ontario, for the 2013 National Golf Tournament being held in Vancouver, BC at the University Golf Club October 2-6, 2013


Congratulations go out to Nicola McGovern, our Aurora Eagles Head Coach to lead Team Ontario as Head Coach.

We wish the Team and Nicola the very best

Team Ontario, is comprised of 11 athletes from across the province. Athletes qualified for Team Ontario, at the 2013 Summer Provincial Games.

The National Golf Tournament is a high performance, training platform for Ontario golf athletes as Special Olympics Canada develops golf across the nation. This event is held in partnership with; PGA of Canada, 2014 Games Society and the University Golf Club of Vancouver.  The competition will feature coaches education clinics, sport technical forums and a national competition experience. Special Olympics Ontario is excited to enhance athlete pathways in golf; as we build towards the 2014 National Games.

September 2013

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July 2013

Aurora Grand Slams Unveil Team Logo

The season has began, the athletes have had a few practices and soon will be competing in Team uniforms.  Go Grand Slams, Go!

June 2013

Aurora Yonge Street Sale - June 2nd

Sunday June 2nd in Aurora Chamber of Commerce host the Annual Yonge Street Sale.  Many people walked the street and for those that stopped at Special Olympics  - Aurora booth to meet the Athletes it was very appreciated.  We would also like to thank those who made donations either “into the jar” or for Red Laces, Thank You.

March 2013

All Special Olympics Clubs and Communities within Canada are saddened by the passing of Dr Frank Selke who is recognized as a the driving force in organizing and structuring Special Olympics as we know it today. The death of Frank Selke is a tremendous loss to our organization and to our country.  Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Frank’s family.

More details can be found on Special Olympics Ontario link here

February 2013

October 2012
2012 Golf Season Comes to and End

Our Second Season of Golf ends and we give a great BIG “thank you” to Coaches, Volunteers and Organizers and Westview Golf Club that helped in the golf practices and events throughout the Summer.  We hope to see you all, Athletes and Volunteers for 2013 Golf Season

Luke and Coach Andy of Aurora Special Eagles Golf Team

September 2012

2012 National Golf Tournament Team Ontario Announcement 

Olympics Ontario is pleased to announce the athletes and coaches named to Team Ontario, for the 2012 National Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place at Chippewa Creek Golf Club in Mount Hope (Hamilton), Ontario from September 27-30, 2012.
Team Ontario is comprised of 12 athletes from across the province. Athletes qualified for Team Ontario through the 2012 Provincial Qualifiers held in London and Halliburton in August.  The Great News is One of our own Athletes has qualified to compete. Congratulation to Nicholas Chow and also our Coach Nicola McGovern  will be coaching Team Ontario.
The National Golf Tournament is a high performance training platform for Ontario golf athletes as Special Olympics Canada develops golf across the nation. In partnership with the PGA of Canada, Golf Canada and Chippewa Creek Golf Club; the competition will feature athlete development sessions, coach education clinics, sport technical forums and a national competition experience. Special Olympics Ontario is excited to enhance athlete pathways in golf; as we build towards the 2013 Provincial and 2014 National Games.

July 2012

We Thank You - Inaugural Fundraising Golf Tournament

We Thank You

We wish to Thank everyone for their support in our Inaugural Fundraising Golf Tournament for Special Olympics Ontario – Aurora Community.
Thank You to those that played in the tournament, and those who Sponsored Holes, and those unable to participate in the tournament graciously who donated to our Fundraiser in other ways (Monetary, Prizes, etc.).

A huge Thank You also goes to our Host Golf Course – Westview Golf Club – as well as Mike Nisbet and his staff for a fabulous, well run day!
For the Volunteers who kept the day running smoothly, from Registration, taking pictures, selling Raffle tickets, to setting up the Prize Table, we Thank You.
We had a total of 16 Holes Sponsored, one being “Hole in One”. No winner this year!....all of your Sponsors signs looked great around the course! Without question the players appreciated the signage. THANK YOU to High Print Company for donating the sign printing.
Combining the registration fees, raffle ticket sales and donations, a significant amount of money was raised that will help support the Special Olympics Ontario – Aurora Community. This funding will allow opportunity not only for existing team programs but also allow additional new sports to be considered. Within our teams these funds will enhance training for our athletes, which in turn will advance them to different levels of competition.
It was a great day, our heartfelt thanks to all - We hope you had as much fun as we did! We are already planning for next year so mark your calendars in advance for JUNE 2113!

May 2012

New Summer Sport switched from Soccer to SOFTBALL

In recent months Aurora Special Olympics had announced this summer Soccer would be introduced.  BUT, not all you plan can be planed!  With the season fast approaching and unable of being assured coaches would be available the decision was made SOFTBALL will be our new sport for 2012.  More details will be announced very soon.

April 2012

Special Ducks have a fun time at the Bracebridge Swim Meet

On Saturday April 14th the Special Ducks attended the Muskoka/Bracebridge Special Olympics swim meet.  Several athletes challenged themselves to try new events in the pool and out of the pool! After the meet the Culture and Recreation Department with the Town of Bracebridge hosted a wall climbing event. A few of our athletes tried it and displayed amazing courage and strength!  We had a great time both in the pool and out!  Thanks to the Town of Bracebridge and the Muskoka/Bracebridge Special Olympics community!

March 2012

The Dunks compete at The Mary Matthews Tournament

The Mary Matthews Tournament this year was played at St. Andrews College in Aurora.  This tournament, a one day event, is one of the most anticipated tournaments of the season where teams competing with each other throughout day.  A great time was had by all players. 

February 2012

The Auroran - Letter to the Editor

Special Olympics Aurora reaches out to the local community seeking sponsorships and volunteers to help run programs.  Which “Work-Out-Session” can you sponsor?..............Read the Letter

For full details please contact

December 2011

Santa's Parade Under The Stars

Special Olympics Ontario - Aurora have a great time participating in Aurora's annual Santa's Parade Under The Stars. Many thanks to all the Helpers, Family and Friends, especially Eric Gordon Landscaping that provided the vehicles for our Athletes - Check out the Pictures Santa's Parade 2011

December 2011

Aurora Dunks Athlete Dougles Sooley Makes Front Page News

Story provided courtesy of THE AURORAN

Aurora Dunks basketball player Douglas Sooley has been selected to carry the Rick Ha
nsen medal on part of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay through Aurora............Read full article

November 2011

Special Ducks Head Coach, Hillary Richardson receives Award

Sport Aurora recently held 2011 Volunteer Recognition Awards evening.  Volunteers within sports teams; managers and coaches are key to the success of their athletes. They commit to many hours each week with only the pleasure and satisfaction in seeing the athletes reach or exceed their goals in competition.  Special Olympics Ontario – Aurora’s Head Swim Coach for the Special Ducks was acknowledged for her commitment to the Team and is see here receiving her award from Andrew Belanger, Community Volunteer Coordinator.

September 2011


The first season of the Aurora's Special Olympics Golf Team "The Eagles" ended its 3 month program with a longest drive competition, practice time and about 3 holes of golf. This was followed by a super diner graciously discounted by our host club Westview. Throughout this first season, 25 golfers enjoyed learning about golf (some for the first time), practicing new skills and partaking in one tournament in Stouffville. We could not have done so without the use of the beautiful club provided by Mike Nisbet and the special care and attention of his excellent staff. We also couldn't have been as successful without the guidance of Team Manager & Head Coach Nicola McGovern and the 12 volunteers who showed up each Sunday to lead the athletes around the course and varied practice facilities. Registration for next season will take place in April 2012. For more information, please contact Nancy Black 

March 2011

Special Olympics Ontario - Aurora wants to express our sincerest “Thank You” to the York Regional Police.

On March 9th we held our Opening Ceremonies for our new basketball team the Aurora Dunks. The evening was a very exciting event for our athletes, friends and family. Despite the bad weather 19 of our athletes made it out to challenge the York Regional Police to a friendly basketball game! The officers were great competitors and made it really fun for the athletes of all abilities. The Colour Guard were there in full uniform to open our game and Nancy Black, Community Coordinator opened the evening by thanking both teams, our sponsors, friends and family for making our newest team possible!. The officers who attended were all certainly great ambassadors for the York Regional Police and the great work they do in our community. “Thank You!”

We invite you to view the Pictures from the event

October 2010

Special Olympics Ontario – Aurora – Introduces Basketball – “Aurora Dunks”

Are you interested in becoming a member of our new Special Olympics Ontario – Aurora Basketball?
Special Olympics Aurora invites you to join our new basketball program in Aurora!
The Dunks will practice Wednesday nights starting this October at 7pm at St. Andrews College, Aurora.
Registration $50. Come out and try… we are open to all skills and abilities.
Many thanks to our partners York North Basketball Association and St. Andrew’s College.

November 17th, 2009

Special Olympics Aurora would like to thank Staples Aurora for their generous support.

On Saturday Nov 14th, athletes from Special Olympics Ontario –  Aurora gathered together at the store at Yonge St. and Murray drive to welcome customers and ask for their support.  Staples “Give a Dollar Share a Dream” campaign has made a real difference to athletes in our community.    Special Olympics Aurora provides unique opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities to actively participate at community, regional, provincial, national and international levels of competition.  The program provides a unique opportunity to enrich lives through sport.

There are many generous people and companies in our community that sponsor the club so that our kids can enter into the Special Olympics swim meets and be part of a team!   Over the season we have seen our athletes make new friendships, learn new skills and celebrate successes together.  None of this would be possible without the generous support from our community.

Thank you to Staples, our volunteers and supporters for their ongoing support.

Community Coordinator
Special Olympics Ontario – Aurora

September 16th, 2008

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ONTARIO (SOO) announces program development initiatives in SOO-Aurora

(Aurora), (September 16th, 2008) – Special Olympics Ontario, a community-based, multi-sport organization providing sport training and competition for people with an intellectual disability, is pleased to announce the expansion of its programs in the town of Aurora.  SOO has sixteen official sports including Floor Hockey, Swimming, Bowling (5 & 10 pin), Power-lifting, Soccer, Softball, Athletics, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Curling, and Snowshoeing.  All sports and sport training programs are designed to resemble the generic sport after which they are modeled. Effective immediately, swimming is now offered by SOO-Aurora. To inquire about the swimming program, or to learn when other sports may be coming to the community, please contact the SOO-Aurora Community Coordinator.

SOO’s primary objective is to contribute to the physical, social and psychological development of people who have an intellectual disability through positive successful experience in sports.  SOO also provides athletes of all ability levels opportunities to actively participate at community, regional, provincial, national and international levels of competition.

Volunteers will be sourced from the community.

News Items on this page are being added as events occur, we suggest regularly re-visiting here to be informed about our Community.  Please come back SOON!