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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sport Fund Recipient Spotlight:

Truro Special Olympics Bridge Program, Cobequid Special Olympics and the Truro Centurion Swim Team

In January 2018, Cobequid Special Olympics Swimming and the Truro Centurion Swim Club teamed up to offer Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to join the Centurion team. The bridge program between the organizations provides swimmers with the support needed on the pool deck to assimilate them with their new coaches and teammates.

“Recently, integration through sport has become a central focus of Special Olympics Canada. Due to the stigma often attached to cognitive disabilities, individuals often feel isolated from their community. Within the sporting world, without full inclusion it is unlikely long-term athlete development will ever reach the level it could or should” said Maura Hunter of the Cobequid Special Olympics.

Money from Sport Fund was allocated to support lane rental fees in order to foster gradual athlete incorporation as well as athlete and coach training for the para program. “This has permitted us to accept more emerging athletes requiring extra attention into the Special Olympics program. We are extremely grateful for the support of the Sport Fund that has permitted us to launch this pathway to further inclusion” added Hunter.

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