The Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games took place this past March 1-5 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Over 650 athletes from across Canada proudly represented their provinces and territories after training hard to reach personal bests, forge new friendships and demonstrate the incredible abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

With support from 250 coaches and 500 volunteers, athletes competed in seven sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, curling, floor hockey, snowshoeing, figure skating and speed skating. The Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games were a qualifier for the Team Canada selection to compete in the 2017 Special Olympics World Games in Austria.  Krista Scaldwell, Canada’s VP of Public Affairs and Communications was left in awe of the whole event, “It was truly inspiring to attend the Special Olympics 2016 Winter Games.  Every athlete exemplified the true spirit of sport.”

Christian Polge, President, Coca-ColaLimited, congratulating an athlete on his win.

The Coca-Cola Company is a founding partner of Special Olympics. Through the generosity of funding, volunteers and awareness that support Special Olympics programs and events around the world, Coca-Cola has worked to foster acceptance and inclusion for millions of Special Olympics athletes.

Did you attend the Special Olympics in Canada this year? Share your stories with us by tweeting to @CocaCola_Ca and mentioning the hashtag #Cornerbrook2016.