Niagara Region wins bid to host sporting showcase

May 3, 2017 by  

The 2017 Ontario School Championships for the Special Olympics will be held in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

High school students who have an intellectual disability may compete in this program. The youths, ages 13-21 are given the unique opportunity to compete in several sports, including soccer, basketball, floor hockey, track and field, and bocce ball.

The Niagara region will host the 60 qualifying athletes from across Ontario, on June 12-14, 2017. Events will take place across the Niagara Region, but St. Catharine’s Brock University will provide most of the facilities.

The Special Olympics Ontario website explains:

“Teams and athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and all sports are co-ed. Teams will be divisioned prior to play so competition is against those of equal ability level. Registration for regional qualifying events is $5 per student.”

To keep all participants organized during the event, print companies may be called upon to create banners, posters, and maps. Graphic design could make the print materials more attractive to the teenage athletes.

A long history of support for the event has prompted the Niagara Regional Police to become the official sponsors for this year’s competition. The public will be able to see a gentler side of their officers during the event.

In honor of his hard work over the past year to bring the championships to Niagara, Frank Hayden has been named their ‘honorary chief of police’.