Team Ontario Special Olympians recognized for national achievements

Special Olympians were winners once again when they received certificates of recognition from Saugeen Shores Council for their recent achievements at the National Special Olympic Winter Games held in Calgary.

Each of the medal winners and coaches received certificates from Mayor Luke Charbonneau, assisted by Deputy Mayor Diane Huber.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau with Special Olympians of Team Ontario

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5-pin Bowling Team

Justin LeBlance – Gold in Singles
Martin Sober – Silver in Singles
Jennifer Sanderson – Silver in Singles
Kody McInnis – Bronze in Singles
Cheryl Clarke – Bronze in Singles

Nordic Ski champion, Mike Bailey won Gold in the 2.5km and Bronze in the 500metre.


There were some 1,200 athletes and coaches from across Canada and, overall, team Ontario was the most decorated with 205 medals.

“It is with great pride that we recognize the accomplishments of our Special Olympians. These athletes have not only represented our community with distinction but have also brought home an array of medals that shine brightly with their triumphs,” said Mayor luke Charbonneau. “I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire five-pin bowling team for their remarkable feat of securing the team silver medal.  We are also immensely proud to celebrate the achievement of Mike Bailey who claimed the gold and bronze medals in Nordic skiing races.”

“It’s also important to recognized the dedicated coaches, Cheryl Smethurst and Norma Breadner, whose guidance, mentorship and and unwavering support played an instrumental role in the success of our athletes,” added the Mayor. “Let’s not only celebrate the athletes and their remarkable achievements but also recognize the values of inclusivity, perseverance and unity that they embody … they have enriched our community with their passion for sport … your triumphs will forever inspire us and remind us of the extraordinary heights that can be reached through dedication, perseverance and teamwork.”

                                      Team Ontario in their Special Olympic jackets