“It takes a village to provide Special Olympic Athletes with an exceptional experience”
As Program Director at Special Olympics Nova Scotia (SONS) since the fall of 2010, Matt has been an integral partner in the development and delivery of the SONS Athletic programs. With over twenty provincial chapters and 1700 Athletes, Matt has assisted in organizing more than fourteen provincial games since joining and is a fixture with all the Nova Scotian Athletes, coaches and volunteers.
Each provincial and national game is athlete centered. What is exceptional about our first National Summer Games in over two decades? It is at a uniquely qualified location. St. Francis Xavier (St. FX) University offers world class competitive sports and student facilities in an idyllic location. St. FX will minimize Athlete travel with the majority of sport competition sites within walking distance. Athletes will be able to focus on competition as the scheduling and timing of the sites are not determined by a shuttle. Our Athletes comfort level will hopefully increase their competitive edge. Not only is the team at St. FX familiar with our games and events, we have a great working relationship with the university which will ensure the Athletes can focus and enjoy a superior experience. It will truly be an Olympic Village.
We are very encouraged by the participation to date and hope to further engage the community of Antigonish through volunteers and spectators. While there have been National Games hosted in larger urban centers in the past, the organizing committee is optimistic that the experience of the entire Antigonish community through the power of sport will be infectious. We are optimistic that the National Summer Games legacy in Antigonish will be a catalyst for change in the lives of Canadian Special Athletes and their communities.