Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games - Daily Highlights and Upcoming Events

VANCOUVER, July 12, 2014 /CNW/ -

Upcoming Events for Day 5 July 12

  • Day 5 is the final day of the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games
  • Over 1,300 medals will be awarded today for a Games total of 2,214
  • The 100-metre men's finals will take place at 8:30 am at the Rashpal Dhillon Track and Field Oval featuring the three athletes who completed their preliminary races in less than 12 seconds.
  • The one-hour Closing Ceremonies will take place at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre starting at 7:00 pm and will include the extinguishment of the torch and the hand off of the Games flag to the next host, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Highlights from Day 4 July 11

  • At close of Day 4, 912 of 2,214 medals have been awarded.
  • Team Manitoba's soccer team and the BC Grizzlies softball team remain undefeated. 
  • It was a fantastic day for athletics marked by photo finishes and many athletes achieving personal bests. One-tenth of a second separated the Gold and Silver medalists in the men's 200-metre final!
  • More than one-third of athletes have completed the Healthy Athlete screening program and each athlete will leave with something to improve their lives. For example, every athlete who goes through the opening eyes screening gets a pair of sunglasses, glasses, or sport goggles. 

Interesting Facts

  • More than 2,800 viewers from Canada, the United States and 73 other nations from around the world have tuned in to watch the ViaSport 2014 Games  live-streaming.
  • The results page for the Games website has received more than 15,000 views since competition began on Wednesday.
  • Marc Theriault, an SOBC athlete who has competed in figure skating and soccer at the Special Olympics World Games is volunteering his time at the 2014 Games to announce in both English and French.

Sustainability

  • The 2014 Games in Vancouver are the first Special Olympics Canada Games to officially dedicate an entire team toward sustainability.
  • Saturday is Food Day which looks at the sustainable food systems practiced on campus.  Starting at 11:00 am at the Sustainability booth in the Festival lounge, athletes and spectators will have an opportunity to try out the milkable fiberglass cow, Dorothy.

The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games are taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 8 to 12, 2014, featuring over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials, in 11 sports.

SOURCE Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games

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