Over 360 athletes attend Special Olympics Québec Provincial Winter Games in Lévis
11 March 2015
Over 360 athletes attend Special Olympics Québec Provincial Winter Games in Lévis

The Special Olympics Québec Provincial Winter Games were held on the weekend of March 6-8, 2015, bringing together more than 360 athletes living with an intellectual disability. These valiant athletes traveled from across the province to face off against each other during three days of intense competition in at least one of 7 sport disciplines (curling, floor hockey, figure skating, speed skating, snowshoeing, alpine skiing and cross-country skiing).

The traditional Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises awareness for our cause among the general public, kicked things off Friday afternoon. Annie Pelletier, who has been honorary patron for 18 years, ran the 17-km Run alongside the many participating special athletes and law enforcement officers.

Friday evening saw an emotional opening ceremony uniting all special athletes, coaches, mission staff, companions and volunteers, as well as Annie Pelletier and Special Olympics Québec ambassador Alexandre Bilodeau, to officially launch the Games. An electric atmosphere filled the Aréna de Lévis when the Torch made its entry, followed by the 15 participating delegations. The evening ended on a touching rendition of "We Are The Champions" by a local choir, with the athletes singing along and dancing.

In spite of the cold and snow, competitions proceeded with success and athletes shone with their display of outstanding performance and unbridled enthusiasm. Throughout both Saturday and Sunday, they were also invited to participate to the Healthy Athletes Fair. There, three clinics dedicated to the promotion of general health, eye health and foot health were set up to offer athletes opportunities to be evaluated and advised by health professionals. The activity, which fostered awareness on the importance of taking care of one's own health, was very well received by special athletes and their families.

The Games were an important step in the selection process of both athletes and mission staff who will eventually form the team representing Quebec in the upcoming 2016 national Winter Games, to be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information on the Games and to view all results and standings, visit the official website of the Games:

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