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That’s a Wrap! Special Olympics a Great Success;

Thank You Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON, March 3, 2020 – The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 wrapped up with the Games cauldron going out on Saturday, February 29. A bittersweet moment for all, the evening concluded with an athletes’ dance and teams returned home March 1 and 2. What was clear to the Games Organizing Committee and Special Olympics Canada is that the Games were a huge success.

“We have heard nothing but positive feedback from the Games community and have been told we raised the bar and did in fact host the best Games ever,” said Games Chair Barry Streib. “We should be very proud of all that we have accomplished together. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the overwhelming support we have received from our community. Thank you to everyone who played a role in bringing the Games to life!”

Streib’s sentiments were echoed by Games Manager Doug Henry. “I truly could not be more impressed with our delivery of the Games and how welcomed and supported we made our athletes feel. Every volunteer went above and beyond the call of duty, every sponsor gave far more than dollars, every venue hosted Olympic level competition, and every spectator cheered until their voice was raw. Because of this, every athlete, coach and mission staff member experienced endless moments of pure heart. Thank you Thunder Bay!”

The week consisted of an Opening Ceremony and competition in eight sports including alpine skiing, five-pin bowling, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating. A total of 370 gold, 353 silver and 334 bronze medals were awarded to Special Olympics athletes from across the country. Thunder Bay athletes boded well with 4 gold, 9 silver and 3 bronze medals. All 15 local athletes demonstrated pure commitment and inspired spectators and fellow athletes alike. The Games Organizing Committee congratulates all athletes for their achievements during the Games.

In reflecting on the week, organizers also shared gratitude for all participants in the Games including volunteers, sponsors and donors, venues and community partners, the local Special Olympics Thunder Bay chapter and Cheer Squad, media supporters, spectators and everyone who helped to make the Games visitors feel welcomed.

CEO of Special Olympics Canada, Sharon Bollenbach also had words of gratitude to share with the community. “What a week! Special Olympics athletes from across Canada have been treated to an incredible Games experience,” she said. “From the Opening Ceremony, to the sport venues, the meals and accommodations, to the outstanding volunteers, these Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will long be remembered as one of the very best. Thank you Thunder Bay!”

These national games served as the qualifying event for athletes to become members of Team Canada attending the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2021. The next Special Olympics Canada Games will be hosted in Medicine Hat, Alberta in the summer of 2022.

To review final results, relive the Opening Ceremony, check out Games photos and daily newsletters, and watch the volunteer appreciation video, visit www.specialolympics2020.com.

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About The Games

The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games are a multi-sport national event for athletes with an intellectual disability. The Games will be hosted in Thunder Bay, Ontario from February 25 to 29, 2020 and will welcome over 1,200 athletes, coaches and mission staff from across Canada. The Games will include competition in eight official Special Olympics sports: alpine skiing, five-pin bowling, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating. These national games are the qualifying event for athletes to become members of Team Canada attending the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Learn more at www.specialolympics2020.com.

For more information, please contact:

Ashleigh Quarrell
Media Lead, Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020
Email: media@specialolympics2020.com
Phone: (807) 627-7240

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