*Special Ones* : International Male Athlete of the Year

We do something a bit different this week, since we are coming to the end of the year. Instead of Athlete of the Week, we will show you the Athlete of the Year.
The International Male Athlete of the Year is : Garry Chaplin


This marks the first time in the history of the award that a Special Olympics athlete has won the award.

Chaplin was selected among 4 other nominees including National Cycling Team member Zach Bell and National Cross Country Ski Team member Graham Nishikawa.

In March 2005, Garry Chaplin won a Gold, a Silver and a Bronze medal at the Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Nagano, Japan. His accomplishments have earned him local celebrity status in and around Yukon.

After receiving his award from the President of Sport Yukon, George Arcand, Chaplin thanked all the people who helped him and supported him along the road to his success.


December 21, 2005. All, Special Ones. Leave a comment.

December 17, 2005. General. Leave a comment.

Special Olympics approves of The Ringer.

Didnt see that coming. I am glad that they did.
I am assuming that Farrelly brothers knew where to go and where not to go.

A little information about The Ringer for those who don’t know:

Plot Summary

This comedy is about two guys who decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them, Steve (Knoxville), pose as a contestant in the games, hoping to dethrone reigning champion, Jimmy. Mentally-challenged high jinks and hilarity surely follow.

To put things in perspective, During South Park 8th Season, they had an eposide where Cartman enters the Special Olympics to try and finally win something. Click Here For More Episode Information : The eposide, as most South Park Eposides Make it very funny, but no prestige funny, just plain old funny plus there is also a moral to the episode. This the approach that I see the Farrelly brothers taking. So I am glad to see that the Special Olympics approves.

Be sure, to come back here after the movie is realased ( 23rd )for a Full Review.


December 17, 2005. General, News. 2 comments.

Schwarzenegger Special Olympics Global Torch Bearer

In Beijing, Special Olympics Global Torch Bearer and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined hundreds of Special Olympics athletes on 13 November 2005 at a event to celebrate the growth of Special Olympics in China, and to focus world attention on the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games, to be held in Shanghai in 2007.


Full Article

December 13, 2005. News. Leave a comment.

*Special Ones* Week 1 : Ian Sheppard

Our Special Althete of the week is Ian Sheppard:


Age: 32

Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sport: Snowshoeing

Years with Special “O”: 13

Comments: Ian has been a track athlete and snowshoer with Special Olympics Manitoba for the past 13 years. Ian competed at the 2002 national summer games and again in 2004 at the national winter games. It was his performance at the 2004 national games that earned him an opportunity to be one of 16 snowshoers representing Canada at the upcoming World Games. Ian is extremely proud to represent Canada on the international stage.


1600M Race
Ian Sheppard – Division 3 (Top Male Division) – GOLD – Time 07:50.24
800M Race – MALE
Ian Sheppard – Division 7 – GOLD – Time 3:22.70
4 x 400 Relay – MALE
David Ingram, Mathieu Besnier, Ian Sheppard, Jason Smith – Division 3 – GOLD – Time 5:50.20

December 12, 2005. General, Special Ones. Leave a comment.

New Category added : Special Ones

Every week, one Special Olympics Althelte would be randomly chosen and highlighted. Giving you some information on this althetle.

December 12, 2005. General, Special Ones. 1 comment.

When and Where: is the next Special Olympics?

Just before we move on to the future, lets just recap a bit:

  • The last Special Olypmics was back in February. (26th February – 5th March 2005) held in Nagano, Japan

The 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, will be the first Special Olympics World Games held in Asia

  • The next Special Olypmics would be held next year ( 27 March – 2 April 2006) in Latin America; which would involve more than 650 athletes from 19 countries will compete in athletics, basketball, football (soccer), bocce, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, aquatics, equestrian and tennis.
  • Ater Latin America, Special Olympics would be coming to America from (2nd-7th July).The 2006 Special Olympics USA National Summer Games, the first-ever U.S. national Games, are expected to bring 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from across the United States, as well as more than 1,000 coaches and official delegates, and 9,000 members and friends. Competition will be held at Iowa State University and in the central Iowa area. A tentative list of sports for the 2006 USA National Games includes aquatics, athletics, basketball, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and volleyball. A Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) also may be offered as part of the Games.

Anyone interested in entering:
Contact(s): Claudia Echeverry, Special Olympics Latin America Marketing Manager


December 11, 2005. General. 4 comments.

First things first, What is the Special Olympics?

Before I start with the fun stuff, ( contestants, records etc)

Lets go over some facts first:

Here is a article providing you with everything you need to know about the Special Olympics:

What is Special Olympics?

December 11, 2005. General. Leave a comment.

December 11, 2005. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hello, and welcome

Welcome to Special Olympics.

Let me start by introducing myslef. My name is Rory Walker, I live in Jamaica ( the island) and I decided to start this site to show and you pass on knowledge about this one of a kind sporting event that many seem to forget.
This site is dedicated to Special Olympics, from the contestants, to the event , even about the current record for the 100m dash. You would find it all here.
Read my 1st Post for some history on the Special Olympics to see what makes it so special.

December 11, 2005. General. 1 comment.