The 2013 Special Olympics Ontario games kicked off on July 11 with the official opening ceremony held in York Region. The final leg of the torch run set off from the York Regional Police Association building and travelled along Mulock Drive, up Yonge Street, before heading down Eagle Street to the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex where the ceremonial torch of the games was officially be lit.
Chief Ewles, Deputy Chief Burns, Sgt. Piersma and Sgt. Iheme joined police from all across Ontario as the final leg of the run arrived at the arena, where more than 700 athletes from all across the province gathered for the opening ceremony presentations. Newmarket rockers Glass Tiger performed as the musical act, while Melissa Tancredi, of the Canadian national women’s soccer team, gave an inspirational speech to the crowd and York Region Police Chief Eric Jolliffe introduced the athletes from each region to a thunderous applause.
“We’ve been supporting the Special Olympics Ontario for 27 years,” Deputy Burns said. “It was an exciting atmosphere, there was amazing energy. These games are all about creating an opportunity for the athletes to reach their full potential – not just in sport, but in life.”
The final portion of the torch run is dedicated to the memory of York Regional police officer D/Cst. Rob Plunkett, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty during a criminal investigation in 2007.
The Special Olympics Ontario summer games are being held in York Region from July 11 through July 14. For more information about the games, visit www.specialolympics2013games.com
Best of luck to all of the athletes!
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The last leg of the torch run (JPG file, 389.2K bytes)
Athletes were greeted as they arrived (JPG file, 386.0K bytes)
Representatives from across Ontario received high fives on the way in (JPG file, 455.4K bytes)