The 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games : an unprecedented success
8 July 2013
The 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games : an unprecedented success

Yesterday marked the end of the 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games. The last competitions were held and the last medals were awarded before the Special Olympics cauldron was extinguished around 2 p.m. at theBob-Birnie Arena.

Despite the oppressive heat present during the four days of the Games, the 700 or so athletes living with an intellectual disability who gathered in Pointe-Claire for this event produced stand-out performances and showed boundless enthusiasm.

From July 4 to 7, accompanied by more than 200 coaches and mission staff members, the athletes from Québec’s 18 regions took part in competitions held in ten sports: athletics, softball, basketball, bocce, powerlifting, golf, large pin bowling, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming and soccer.    

The 2013 Pointe-Claire Summer Games’ organizing committee and its 200 volunteers have created lasting memories for the participants who returned home Sunday afternoon with many medals and eyes filled with pride.

The preliminary events started Thursday morning, following the arrival of the delegations. At the same time, some twenty peace officers from 11 Québec law enforcement agencies ran through Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Longueuil, Saint Helen’s Island, Montreal and Pointe-Claire, covering a distance of approximately 8 kilometers. In the evening, these keepers of the Olympic flame, along with athletes Lena Baldoni and Stephan Quick, officially launched the Games by lighting the cauldron in the presence of excited athletes and moved spectators.  

Annie Pelletier, honorary patron of the Special Olympics Québec athletes for the past 16 years, was on hand to show her support and cheer on the athletes. Present on-site during these four days of competition, she took part in the torch relay of the Law Enforcement Torch Run as well as in the official ceremonies and awarded several medals, to the delight of all the participants.  

For Daniel Granger, president of Special Olympics Québec, the Games give people living with an intellectual disability the wonderful opportunity to live an incredible experience in a sports environment. “The 2013 Summer Games were a huge success. Especially for our athletes who surpassed themselves, participating in each game and event with great pride, determination and concentration in order to obtain the best results. Motivated by their coaches and the crowd of supporters, all these athletes thoroughly enjoyed the medal awards that recognized their respective accomplishments”, added Daniel Granger.

About the 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games

The 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games are one of the main events leading to the selection of the athletes and volunteers who will make up Team Québec at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games in Vancouver.

The staging of these Games was made possible thanks to these major sponsors: Sports Experts, the City of Pointe-Claire, CASP Aerospace inc., the Montreal Automobile Dealers Corporation’s Foundation, FGL Sports, Railtech Ltée, and to several other partners. 

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