Special Olympics - Sportsmanship at its Best
This past June, Thames Valley held the 16th Special Olympics with more than 1000 athletes from 63 schools. Held at TD Waterhouse, the TVDSB event is the largest event for athletes with an intellectual disability in the province behind the Ontario Special Olympic Games.
The three-day event includes TVDSB elementary and secondary students and their peer coaches and begins with an Olympic March and Opening Ceremonies each day. TVDSB Special Olympics is presented in partnership with Investing in Children and Special Olympics Ontario.
The event is large, but the spirit of sport is probably the biggest thing at the London school meet. Events range from modified track events and field events to specialized challenges for athletes with varying abilities.
Passages Helps Students with Special Needs
Navigating transitions from elementary school and secondary school can be daunting. In November, the TVDSB held an information fair to help students with special needs prepare for these transitions.
A joint project of the TVDSB, the London Catholic District School Board, the Thames Valley Children’s Centre and 35 community agencies, the information fair provided information to educators, families and youth regarding support services that may be accessed on behalf of students who are entering, moving through, or leaving secondary school.