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Special Olympics Skating

Congratulations to Our WO Skaters

Here is a list of Western Ontario skaters on Team Canada competing in Worlds in Austria, March 14-25, 2017.

Adelina Lopes - WOS
Sara McKelvie - WOS
David Roberston - WOS
Tim Goodacre - WOS

2016 Special Olympics National Winter Games

Congratulations to WO Special Olympics Athletes who participated at the Special Olympics National Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Feb 29 – Mar 6, 2016.

National Winter Games Results

David Robertson

Free Skate - Level 4 Men  Silver
David Robertson Solo Dance – Level 2 Men Gold
Nicole Vespa Dance Pairs Level 1  Bronze
Nicole Vespa Solo Dance Level  1 Ladies 6th

Tim Goodacre

Dance Pairs Level 1  Gold

Tim Goodacre

Solo Dance Level 2 Men Silver
Tim Goodacre Free Skate Level 5 Men Gold

Sara McKelvie

Free Skate Level 3 Ladies Gold

Sara McKelvie

Solo Dance Level 2 Ladies Gold

Sara McKelvie

Dance Pairs Level 2 Gold

Madison Gay

Solo Dance Level 1 Ladies 7th
Madison Gay Free Skate Level 2 Ladies 6th

Adelina Lopes

Free Skate Level 4 Ladies Gold

Team Ontario

L-R: Lindsay Tarbutt, Coach, Nicole, Tim, Sara, David, Madison

2016 Special Olympics National Winter Games - Team Ontario Training Squad

  • Congratulations! Five WO Special Olympic Athletes from Hamilton Skating Club have been named: Madison Gay, Tim Goodacre, Sara McKelvie, David Robertson, Nicole Vespa
  • Announcement from Special Olympics Ontario [1p, PDF]

Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Figure Skating Rules of Competition

The following are posted on the WO Technical page.

  • Appendix 1, Skills Chart
  • Level 1-2 Elements Diagram

Reminder Re Mandatory AODA Training

To all Coaches in WO working with Special Olympics athletes, please complete the MANDATORY AODA TRAINING.

Introductory Event

This event is for beginner skaters in the Special Olympics program. It will consist of the element portion only. (This event is only at the regional/invitational level.)

Special Olympics Programs in WO

The following Skating Clubs offer programs for Special Olympics athletes, as per information received submitted from our clubs through the WO Skating Programs Survey. For the most up-to-date information, contact your local club.

Grand River Region Kitchener Waterloo SC Contact Glenna Osika
Grand River Region Woolwich SC Contact Christine Aberle
Hallwent Region Dofasco SC Betty Wainwright
HOME Region Ilderton SC Contact Alma Moir
HOME Region Parkhill Silver Blades Marg Carey
HOME Region Woodstock SC Niki Tschirhart
Niagara Region Merritton FSC Contact Nancy Jo Gamache
Tri-County Region Waterford Tricenturena SC Michelle Mason

"Skate Canada is committed to providing special needs athletes with program and competitive opportunities. Liaising regularly with Special Olympics Canada as well as other sport organizations for athletes with a disability, Skate Canada provides updates and support to member clubs regarding strategies on how to integrate Special Olympians and other special needs skaters into regular club programming."

Come Be Part of Something Special

Ontario Special Olympics   Special Olympics Ontario is a non-profit organization that provides sport training and competition for individuals with an intellectual disability. Figure skating coaches who are interested in working with these figure skating athletes, contact Jeannie Skeggs, Area Coordinator, Special Olympics Ontario at (905) 304-5705 or e-mail

For information contact Special Olympics Ontario, 18 Wynford Dr., Suite 300, Toronto, ON M3C 3S2, toll free: 1-888-333-5515.

Special Olympics Figure Skating Competitions in WO Section

Official Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Sports Rules shall govern all SOC Figure Skating competitions. As a national sports program, SOC has created these rules based upon the International Skating Union (ISU) and the Skate Canada rules for figure skating. ISU or Skate Canada rules shall be employed except when they are in conflict with official SOC Sports Rules. In such cases, official SOC Figure Skating Rules shall apply.

Special Needs - Categories Offered

  • Singles - there are 6 levels of Freeskate categories, Level 1 - Level 6
  • Pairs - there are 3 levels of Pair categories, Level 1 - Level 3
  • Dance - there are 4 levels of Dance categories, Level 1 - Level 4
  • The rotation of dances is determined and implemented by Special Olympics International.
  • Please review the rules as issued by Canadian Special Olympics.
WO Special Olympics Contacts
Shannon Cotnam, WO Board Support, Special Olympics
Carol Moir, WO Skating Programs Coordinator
519-686-0431, ext. 23



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