Knowledgebase: Speed Skating
Do athletes have to compete?
Posted by Katie MacDonald on 11 August 2009 08:50 AM

No, you don't have to compete if you don't want to. However, every athlete has the opportunity to compete if they would like to.

Special Olympics Ontario offers a wide array of competition opportunities for its athletes. Regional, Provincial, National, and World Games are among the most visible of Special Olympics initiatives. In order to ensure that all athletes have equal access to competition (including the opportunity to proceed through the competition structure) a number of guidelines and policies are put into place.

The fundamental difference between Special Olympics competitions and those of other sports organizations is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and every athlete is recognized for his/her performance. Competitions are structured so that athletes can compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions.

The goals of competition and competing are to prepare athletes for local, regional or provincial competitions with the primary focus being on safety, fun, fitness, fundamentals, performance and teaching the basic skills of the sport.

For more information on guidelines and competitions, please click the link below:

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