Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo Announce Special Olympics Ontario Partnership

Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to announce that Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo are official Games Partners for the Special Olympics Ontario 2020 Spring Games.

The announcement was made during the Recruit Class #101 Badging Ceremony, which was held at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis Hall on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The Waterloo Regional Police Service will host the Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games in May, 2020. 

“We are extremely grateful for the support of both Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo as we prepare to welcome more than 2,500 athletes, coaches, staff, and volunteers to our great Region,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “By coming on board as Games Partners, both Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo are making a profound difference in the lives of these athletes and are providing them with a chance to showcase their talent on the Olympic stage.”

 Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo will also act as Venue Hosts for the upcoming Games. Wilfrid Laurier University will host the powerlifting, basketball, and swimming competitions, as well as create an Athlete Village to host all participants.

“Hosting Special Olympics Ontario is a wonderful opportunity for organizations in Waterloo Region to showcase our ability to come together and give back to the community,” said Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. “Events such as these highlight the positive impact we can have by reaching beyond our organizational boundaries and make a wider contribution to Special Olympics and the great work they do.”

The City of Waterloo will host the rhythmic gymnastics competition, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

“The City of Waterloo is pleased to be a Games Partner for Special Olympics Ontario,” said Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “Athletes participating in this great event are an inspiration and provide a wonderful example of the best part of sport, namely – dedication, pushing yourself to do your best, while embodying great sportsmanship. I’m looking forward to the event and wish all participating athletes great success.”

Special Olympics is a national organization dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports. The Games will be held in Waterloo Region May 21, 2020 to May 23, 2020.

To learn more about how to become involved or how to donate, visit the 2020 Spring Games website.

Media Inquiries

Cherri Greeno

Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Information 

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


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