DSC02226 1Congratulations to the OCC's Special Olympics team for their 4th place finish at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay! The team would like to send a big THANK YOU to the World Lefthanders Championship Committee and the OCC Senior Men's and Evening Men's Leagues for their support!

Oakville Curling Club would like to send our best with the OCC's Special Olympics teams of Noah Banton (skip), Sofia Dershko, Dylan Hansen, Bill Hickson and coaches Delores McCallum and Patti Wheatley-Hansen, who are competing in the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay this week!

This team was formed 4 years ago to prepare for Provincial Qualifiers which took place in Milton in 2017. After qualifying  in “D” Division they were off to Provincials in 2018 in Sault Ste. Marie where the team went undefeated until the final game when they lost by 1 point to the the team from Thunder Bay and received the silver medal.  They were very happy with that result. A short time later they were notified they would be going to the Canada Winter Games. The team has been hard at work, with many on ice and off ice practices over the course of the season and they feel prepared for this challenge.  It is a great way to finish off the Quadrennial and they are excited to take part in this national event.

The support of the World Lefthanders and the Senior Men’s and Men’s leagues at the Oakville Curling Club has bolstered the team's enthusiasm and excitement and made the trip stress free in terms of finances.

For more information on the Canada Winter Games and to stay up-to-date with all the results, see information below.


Be sure to check out the Games Schedule at the link below. As schedules go, remember there may be some last minutes changes!  http://specialolympics2020.com/events/games-schedule/


Tuesday, February 25, 5:45pm (Doors Open)
Fort William Gardens, 901 Miles Street East, Thunder Bay

  • Opening Ceremony begins at 6:30 pm
  • Parade of athletes starts at 7:00 pm (seating of late arrivals will be held until all athletes are seated)
Opening Ceremonies will be live-streamed and the link will be on the Games Website for those watching at home or unable to get tickets: http://specialolympics2020.com/

Greetings Families & Friends! 

It's so exciting that the Games are a little more than a week away now. I'm sure everyone attending is as excited as I am and I know all the athletes are certainly pretty pumped! Please keep checking the Games website, now and throughout the Games for the most up-to-date information! http://specialolympics2020.com

Under the Family & Friends section, you will find an abundance of information about the Games! http://specialolympics2020.com/friends-family/


Upon first mention, please refer to the event as

  • Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 (city and year are always last), or simply tag
  • @SOCGames2020, when referring to them on social media.

Upon second reference, you can refer to them as Winter Games, or the 2020 Games.

-When mentioning Team Ontario, please tag:

  • Twitter: @SOOntario
  • Facebook: @Special Olympics Ontario
  • Instagram: @SpecialOlympicsOntario
  • Hashtag for Team Ontario: #StrONGHearts

The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 take place February 25 to 29 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

  • Hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability (ID) from across the country have been training hard to represent their Province/Territory on the national stage.
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