Community members and DRPS officials gathered at the Pickering Recreation Centre this weekend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Children's Games. The games are designed to provide fun and challenging events for children with physical disabilities
After the athletes made their grand entrance into the Pickering Rec Centre, Deputy Chief Scott Burns opened this year's historic games with the top male and top female athletes, Joshua and Madison. A ceremonial ribbon cutting took place to kick-off this years festivities. They were joined by: Inspector of West Division, Bruce Townley; President of the DRPA, Randy Henning; Regional Chair and Police Services Board Chair, Roger Anderson; Mayor of Pickering, Dave Ryan and several other local dignitaries. Founding Games Chair retired DRP Cst. Stew Giffin was also on hand to celebrate the milestone that started with his vision 30 years ago.
Back in 1985, Cst. Giffin proposed his vision to host an annual sporting event for children, between the ages of six and 16, with various physical disabilities. With the support of local volunteers; Police Chief of the day, Jon Jenkins; and the Mayor of Pickering, Jack Anderson; Cst. Giffin saw his vision come to life. A committee was formed and approached the City of Pickering to utilize the Pickering Recreation Centre as the Games home. Approval was granted through a unanimous vote and the Recreation Centre is still hosting the annual event 30 years later.
The day-long event involves children participating through the cooperation of Campbell Children;s School and Grandview Children's Centre. Each year 50-100 kids attend the Games with their guardians to participate in a number of sporting events including basketball, moonball, golf, curling and wheelchair rugby. Local athletes and other community professionals volunteer to provide support to the many talented children in attendance.
The spirit and sportsmanship of all athletes was recognized through the awarding of medals and trophies and they enjoyed a pizza lunch served by DRPS members and local volunteers.
Volunteerism plays a pivotal role in the successful operation of the Games and community members are encouraged volunteer their time to assist with this event. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this event and make it such a huge success for our athletes.
For more information about the Children's Games and volunteering opportunities please visit
Athletes Enter the Pickering Rec Centre (JPG file, 1,606.6K bytes)
Athletes enter for the opening ceremonies (JPG file, 2,502.5K bytes)
Deputy Chief Burns and Pickering Mayor Ryan cut the ribbon with top athletes Joshua and Madison (JPG file, 2,134.6K bytes)
Bowling at the Games (JPG file, 1,885.9K bytes)