Come Be Part of Something Special
"Skate Canada is committed to providing special needs athletes with program and competitive opportunities. Liaising regularly with Special Olympics Canada as well as other sport organizations for athletes with a disability, Skate Canada provides updates and support to member clubs regarding strategies on how to integrate Special Olympians and other special needs skaters into regular club programming."
Special Olympics Ontario is a volunteer driven organization with some 14000 athletes and 6000 volunteers registered across the province. Athletes range in age from eight to eighty and have the opportunity to train in sixteen official sports and numerous demonstration sports.
The primary objective of Special Olympics Ontario is to contribute to the physical, social and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities through positive, successful experiences in sport.
The focus of the Special Olympics movement is to promote sport programming for such individuals in their community. However, in keeping with the philosophy of sport training, the organization also promotes competition at higher levels. This is accomplished with the staging of Provincial Games (held every two years) and National and International Games (held every four years).
Furthermore, the organization does not seek to restrict athletes to competition with other Special Olympians and in fact, promotes integration of its athletes into community based generic sports programs whenever possible.
Special Olympics Ontario is a sports organization dedicated for people with an intellectual disability; but it provides athletes with far more than just the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives.
Why Get Involved?
Training and competition in sport while having fun, developing skills and building self-esteem, is the life of a Special Olympics Ontario athlete. With 18 sports to choose from, Special Olympics Ontario has something for every person with an intellectual disability.
With the opportunities to excel and have fun come the benefits of improved health and self-image. For many athletes, participating in Special Olympics Ontario is a path to healthy living, empowerment, acceptance and friendship. SOO is dedicated to increasing physical fitness, confidence and other sport and life skills of our athletes; all in a positive and supportive environment.
Persons with an intellectual disability are eligible to participate in Special Olympics.
A person is considered to have an intellectual disability if that person satisfies the following requirements:
- Typically an IQ score of approximately 70 or below;
- Deficits in general mental abilities which limit and restrict participation and performance in one or more aspects of daily life such as communication, social participation, functioning at school or work, or personal independence, and;
- Onset during the developmental period (before the age of 18 years).
All individuals eight years of age or older, who have an intellectual disability have access to SOO sport programs. Individuals who have multiple disabilities are also eligible to participate so long as one of the disabilities is an intellectual disability.Individuals under the age of eight may be able to participate in our Active Start and FUNdamental multisport programs based on availability.These programs are the first stage in the eight-stage Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model that looks to develop the physical literacy of each individual with an intellectual disability. This model acts as a framework for those who choose to stay “active for life” in community or recreational programs, or those who look to reach the podium in competitive training programs.
Official Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Sports Rules shall govern all SOC Figure Skating competitions. As a national sports program, SOC has created these rules based upon the International Skating Union (ISU) and the Skate Canada rules for figure skating. ISU or Skate Canada rules shall be employed except when they are in conflict with official SOC Sports Rules. In such cases, official SOC Figure Skating Rules shall apply.
Special Needs - Categories Offered
- Singles - there are 6 levels of Freeskate categories, Level 1 - Level 6
- Pairs - there are 3 levels of Pair categories, Level 1 - Level 3
- Dance - there are 4 levels of Dance categories, Level 1 - Level 4
- The rotation of dances is determined and implemented by Special Olympics International.
- Please review the rules as issued by Canadian Special Olympics.