Waterloo Regional Police and Special Olympics Ontario Host Virtual Games

media release

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to partner with Special Olympics Ontario to host a very special and unique event- the Special Olympics Ontario 2020 Virtual Games.

In March 2020, the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Spring Games, scheduled to occur in Waterloo Region from May 21 to 23, 2020, were postponed due to the public health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that many athletes were disappointed that the Provincial Games were postponed, WPRS and Special Olympics Ontario created the Virtual Games. This concept is a fun and interactive way for athletes to keep the spirit of Special Olympics alive by competing safely from their own homes. These Virtual Games do not work as a qualifier but as an opportunity to help connect athletes and coaches through virtual sports.

We encourage the community to participate by visiting the Virtual Games website. The athletes will be participating in various sports including basketball, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming and 10-pin bowling.

Between July 21 and 23, Special Olympics Ontario will be hosting virtual online celebrations to acknowledge the athletes participation, and provide them the opportunity to connect virtually with fellow athletes.

“We are SO excited to welcome the athletes to the first ever Special Olympics Ontario 2020 Virtual Games,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “We know that you have continued to train in your own way during the past several months, and we can’t wait to watch and cheer you on as you showcase your talents on the virtual world stage.”

The Special Olympics Ontario Virtual Games are open to all Special Olympics athletes across North America. We encourage supporters to visit specialolympicsontario.com/virtualgames for more information. Follow along on social media for updates on the timing of the Opening Ceremony celebrations.

Further details regarding the rescheduling of the Provincial Games will be released at a later date.

Media Inquiries:

Constable Ashley Dietrich
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8285

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