Special Olympics Ontario is excited to announce that the Special Olympics Ontario Virtual Games, hosted by the Waterloo Regional Police Service 2020 kicks off today!

Please watch the message below from Games Manager and Waterloo Regional Police Service A/ Sergeant Melissa Quarrie.
For the next two weeks, registered Special Olympics athletes of all ages, within and outside of Ontario, are welcome to compete virtually!
How it works:
·      Visit the Games site HERE
·      Choose your fun challenges! There are challenges in five (5) sports (basketball, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming and 10 pin bowling & a bonus event for this year only)
·      Train! Athletes can train and submit scores on the Virtual Games Website for as many challenges as you'd like, but you can only submit one score per challenge . Submissions are due July 17th by 5 PM EDT.
·      Celebrate! Join us July 21, 22, & 23 online for three (3) great days of celebration, activities and of course the athlete victory dance!

Follow along on social media, take a photo of yourself training/competing and use #SOVirtualGames and tag Special Olympics Ontario.
We have walked over 47,000 KM and have made it to Ironwood, Michigan
Today's Weekly Wellness Challenge begins with taking a one hour walk, jog or roll as we virtually walk the world! Remember to log your minutes daily by visiting the Walk The World With Me website.
Weekly Wellness Challenge
Don't forget to complete both challenges each day and consider doing the #SOOWOD to complete more active workouts this week!
Virtual Events Highlights This Week:
Tuesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 9
Join Coach Steve Topham for more summer sport specific training

1% better every day with Steve Topham is back on Special Olympics Canada’s Facebook LIVE Tuesday and Thursday this week! The focus this week continues to be on summer sport training, including athletics.
Will you be joining Tuesday and Thursday at 2PM ET? Let us know: https://bit.ly/2ViRNKO
Wednesday, July 8
Another Wellness Wednesday workout with Special Olympics Ontario!

Allison is back from our first week of virtual workouts and coming to help us break a sweat! For all abilities.

Let us know if you'll be joining: https://www.facebook.com/events/1194656630926710/
Wellness Wednesday with Sobeys is back!

We’re excited to announce that Sobeys Dietitians will be sticking around for the month of July! Join Veronique Guitard for another bilingual Wellness Wednesday on Special Olympics Canada’s Facebook LIVE July 8 at 12PM ET.

She’ll be making a strawberry slushy. Make sure you have pineapple chunks (canned), frozen strawberries, some sugar and lime juice.

Let us know you’ll be attending here: https://www.facebook.com/events/252946796005805/
Friday, July 10
Episode 12 of our virtual series, From the Stands where Special Olympics Ontario athlete and staff member, Ryan Colpitts interviews a special guest.

This week we are pleased to welcome Special Olympics Ontario athlete BJ Hall!

Free online mindfulness sessions to practice meditation techniques that can help manager stress and help you relax. Join us on Friday!

Calendar of Virtual Events
Have you been visiting the Healthy @ Home Virtual Calendar to check out what other fun, creative, and interactive online events are happening across North America?

Virtual Summer Practices Demonstrations
Week 5
It's the second last week of our virtual summer practicing demonstrations!

Be sure to follow Special Olympics Ontario's Facebook page for daily releases. Missed last weeks? Check out the Virtual Summer Practices page.
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