Special Olympics

Special Olympics

The Orillia Figure Skating Club is proud to offer our skaters with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be a part of  Special Olympics.  Skaters with special needs are integrated into our CanSkate and StarSkate sessions.  Extra assistance is given if needed.

Please contact a board member or coach if you feel your child has special needs.


To be eligible for participation in Special Olympics an individual with a intellectual disability* must agree to observe and abide by the Special Olympics Canada Sport Rules.

*NOTE: Intellectual Disability refers to substantial limitations in present functioning. It is characterized by significantly sub-average intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with related limitations in two or more of the following applicable adaptive skill areas including communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self-direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure and work. An intellectual disability manifests before age 18.

Special Olympics is open to all individuals of all ages and abilities. Our provincial/territorial chapters offer sport specific, integrated, and parallel training and competition environments.

About Special Olympics Canada

  • Special Olympics Canada, one of 170 programs within the worldwide movement, is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
  • It is a national, non-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities to more than 34,000 athletes of all ages and abilities.
  • More than 16,400 volunteers, including over 13,000 trained coaches, currently support Special Olympics programs every day in virtually every community nationwide.
  • Special Olympics Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter competitions with Special Olympics World Games being held in the year immediately following national competitions. The first national competition was held in Toronto, Ontario in 1969 and attracted some 1400 participants from across the country.
  • Special Olympics Canada's programs are supported by corporate sponsorship, fundraising activities, government funding, individual donors and the involvement of volunteers in communities across the country.
  • Special Olympics in Canada is structured into regional, provincial and national programs and competitions. Special Olympics athletes also have the opportunity to participate along with more than 180 other countries in Special Olympics
  • World Games which alternate every two years between summer and winter competitions.