Special Olympics

North Bay will be hosting the 2015 Ontario Winter Special Olympics.  Details were announced Friday morning at North Bay Police Headquarters.  The event will be taking place in January 2015.  450 athletes are expected for the event which will feature six sports, including speed skating, figure skating, curling, snowshoeing and downhill and cross country skiing.  The games manager is Constable Merv Shantz of the North Bay Police Service. He says they now must work on the nuts and bolts of the event including accomodations for the athletes and officials and getting the venues ready. North Bay Police Chief Paul Cook says the community is very much behind the effort and they’re getting support already. He says Special Olympians teach us a lot  Glen McDonell is is with Special Olympics Ontario.  He says North Bay has wonderful sporting facilities and an interest in putting on the games, so it was easy to award the games to North Bay. He says watching Special Olympians compete is an emotional experience.

Written by: bob.coles@northbayradio.rogers.com