*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.

*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.