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Pointe-Claire will host the 2013 Provincial Summer Games
29 November 2012
Pointe-Claire will host the 2013 Provincial Summer Games

Special Olympics Québec (SOQ) is proud to announce that the city of Pointe-Claire will host the 2013 Provincial Summer Games.

From July 4th to 7th, 2013, Pointe-Claire will welcome more than 700 athletes with an intellectual disability, accompanied by more than 300 trainers and volunteers, and cheered on by their fervent followers. In total, well more than one thousand people are expected to descend on the West Island over this period of time as a result of this event.

Most Québec regions will be represented and many athletes from Pointe-Claire, the surrounding cities of the West Island and Lac Saint-Louis region, will be competing.

Pointe-Claire’s exceptional installations will be made available to athletes participating in one of the ten activities included in the program: athletics, basketball, boccia, bowling, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, and swimming.

The 2013 Provincial Summer Games will help determine which athletes and volunteers will make up the Québec team that will go to the 2014 National Summer Games in Vancouver.

Mr. Tom Quinn, presently Chairman of the Canada Games, has accepted to be the Honorary President of the organizing committee. A successful local businessman, Mr. Quinn’s involvement in various sports initiatives over the years, including Special Olympics, was recognized by Sport Québec in 2011 when he received their Jacques Beauchamp Award for outstanding leadership. 

“I am honoured to be involved with this event as I have seen first hand the benefits of the work done by this movement,” said Mr. Quinn. “I would also like to thank the city of Pointe-Claire for stepping up and accepting to be the host.”

Mr. Quinn added: “As a long time resident of the West Island, I am confident that the people and businesses of our community, along with the city of Pointe-Claire, will pull together to make these Games a special event for these special athletes.”

Special Olympics Québec also thanks the city of Pointe-Claire for hosting the 2013 Provincial Summer Games, and wishes all athletes the best in their preparations.

Financing, Volunteers, and the Games

Organizing an event such as the Provincial Summer Games requires a lot of time, energy, and money. Registration revenues and other funds will help cover a substantial part of the costs, but the financial support of local advertisers is needed to help defray the rest.

With this announcement, the organizing committee is launching its fundraising campaign, headed up by Jacques Filion, a local businessman with over 25 years of experience in the West Island community. Mr. Filion is currently the Managing Partner for the Montreal office of BDO Canada LLP, President of the Lachine Hospital Foundation, and member of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation Board of Directors.

“I look forward to working with the West Island business community and its many generous corporate citizens to find the financial support needed to sponsor this very special event,” said Mr. Filion.

Any business or person interested in participating in the sponsorship program is invited to provide their name and contact information to Jacques Filion, by email at olympiquesspeciaux2013.jfilion@hotmail.ca or by phone at 514 931-6269.

We encourage local businesses to offer their support and invite every citizen to contribute to this great celebration for the athletes. These games provide people with an intellectual disability, young and adult, aged 12 years or older, an opportunity to grow through sports. They also stand apart from traditional competitions because they allow every athlete to participate whatever their level of ability.

From left to right : Mr. Tom Quinn, Honorary President of the 2013 Provincial Summer Games, the athletes Kristy Lee Fisher, Stephan Quick, Philip Fregeau and Chad Cotie, and Pointe-Claire Mayor, Mr. Bill McMurchie


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